It’s tempting to rely on a cup of coffee to wake you up each morning. 90% of American adults consume a caffeinated beverage almost daily (National Institutes of Health). And the Sleep Foundation even refers to caffeine as the most popular drug in the world. But this reliance isn’t necessarily healthy. In fact, you’re masking a lot of the symptoms of sleep deprivation without curing the cause of that tiredness. Caffeine temporarily makes us feel more alert by blocking sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and increasing adrenaline production (Sleep Foundation).
Caffeine is a convenient way to overcome that morning groggy feeling or afternoon slump, but the convenience of it may lull one into a false sense of security while actually doing harm. “A double-blind study involving the sudden cessation of caffeine intake from a mean daily dose of 235 mg, resulted in moderate to severe headaches, increases in anxiety and depression, and reduced speed of simpler motor tasks (finger tapping),” (National Institutes of Health).
According to the NIH, caffeine withdrawal leads to deficits at both the individual (cognitive, emotional, and behavioral processes) and societal (increases in work accidents) levels. “Even overnight caffeine deprivation produced negative impacts on mood that could be reversed through caffeine consumption – and mood regulation may influence coffee consumption,” (NIH). And if you’re looking to quit your coffee addiction, unfortunately those who were caffeine-deprived for a week still responded similarly to those deprived for shorter periods, so it may take a while for you to stop feeling the withdrawals.
The best way to make sure that you’re handling your daytime sleepiness is by taking a quick and easy online screening quiz. This will help determine whether or not you have a sleep disorder that’s affecting your ability to get quality sleep. SleepMaster Solutions™ is by your side to help you through this process and help you wake up well-rested each day.