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Caffeine addiction is very common among college students. When I was in university, I used to see my friends chug coffee frequently all day and night. Caffeine is a nervous system stimulant that can make you alert and work better. Because of the unhealthy lifestyles that many college students lead, caffeine intake is becoming very common among them. These days, you can find caffeine not only in coffee, but also in several energy drinks that are available in the market. The high caffeine intake can take its toll on the health and well being any person. Hence, it is important to find ways to reduce stimulants in our diets to increase our health and vitality.
Apart from taking caffeine as a stimulant, many students are also consuming it as a metabolic booster in the form of diet and weight loss pills. Because of this increase in the intake, many students unknowingly fall prey to caffeine addiction. Caffeine addiction is serious because it can lead to major health problems such as insomnia, which can bring its own set of negative side effects. My freshmen year roommate drank coffee every half an hour through out the day. She started having pain and headaches. Finally, doctors told her that she is starting develop tumor growth in her brain possibly due to her high intake of coffee.
Simple lifestyle changes can make a great difference in anyone’s life. Students usually take stimulants to stay active and awake during classes and during examinations. My first year of college, I would procrastinate, sleep late and struggle to awake in classes. Hence, I started drinking coffee and energy drinks to stay alert. But after knowing the dangers of caffeine addiction, I started to sleep early and follow a healthy schedule that made me more healthy and energetic.
Some students have the problem of not feeling sleepy at bed time or they are sleepy but cannot. They are too stressed and un-relaxed to sleep. Hence, they toss and turn on bed for most of the night. The result is of course drowsiness in the morning. Meditation and exercise to reduce stress and remove toxins in the body are great ways to relax the mind and body. It is also important to put clean and organic food into your system to take in fewer toxins that can cause sluggishness.
These days, Natural Health companies are coming up with new ways to manufacture healthy foods that can be good replacements to some of the unhealthy processed food you find in stores. Teecino is a company that I came across reading an article. The people at Teecino found a great way to help people with coffee addiction. They blend different herbs and nuts to create herbal coffees that smell and taste like normal coffee, but do not contain any caffeine. There are also many other companies that are making variety of herbal coffees and teas the can be great drinks for students with caffeine addiction.
If you are trying to come off caffeine, but are struggling with the process, you should consider trying out herbal coffees, which can be bought in different flavors depending on your liking. What I mostly love about herbal coffees is that they are very nutritious and healthy. They contain variety of exotic nuts and plants that can nourish your body instead of robbing it off its nutrients like normal coffees do. In conclusion, remember that by making a consciousness effort to become healthy, you can find ways and people that can help you achieve that goal.
Thu, 2012-03-29 14:52#2
Caffeine addiction can
Caffeine addiction can definitely be a problem. I don't think many people recognize caffeine for what it is: a drug. When I was in my senior year of high school, I decided to stop using caffeine for health and personal reasons. I would drink caffeine-free soda and coffee, but I found that I lost weight simply because I didn’t drink as much soda as I used to. I didn’t realize how much of an effect caffeine could have on me until I was in college. I continued avoiding caffeine most of the time, until one day I decided to spend an entire study day writing a term paper. I drank a huge iced cappuccino before I began and set to work. After an hour or so I paused with my hands hovering over the keyboard as I thought about what I wanted to write next. When I looked down at the keyboard, my hands were shaking uncontrollably. I realized then what effect the caffeine had on my body. Even today, I try to avoid caffeine, with only the occasional soda or coffee. My parents and colleagues drink multiple cups of coffee a day. I can’t imagine how much caffeine they must have in their system. I know people feel that caffeine and coffee is necessary to keep them alert, but studies have shown that just drinking water and staying hydrated is a better way to wake up in the morning.
Thu, 2012-04-05 23:39#3
i like caffeine too
Another great post! I also noticed that drinking caffeine is being very common nowadays. I myself even drink energy drinks which contain a larger amount of caffeine compared to coffee. However I don't usually take this energy drink unless I feel like I really need one. I only drink once or twice a month, when I lack sleep and I am very tired, I usually drink caffeine the night after I crammed for a final examination.
Thanks for enlightening me about the effect of caffeine. Though I am not reall a coffee drinker. I only consume coffee at around 2 every 3 months. But I will share this info to all of my friends who usually drinks caffein and I believe they are already being dependent to it. Like they would cram and spend sleepless nights on a project, just because they can take an energy drink to keep them alert the next day.
However I also noticed that many of my friends prefer to study in coffee shops, which even increases their caffeine intake. Though this should be stopped, I believe the main reason they prefer coffee shops is because of the ambiance and quiet atmosphere, not because of the coffee. Then those should consider studying at the library instead.
Thu, 2012-04-19 00:01#4
Great post to spread awareness about this. I can attest to having a serious caffeine problem, and am all too familiar with the nasty side effects. I had a BMI of almost 17 (bad news since I'm 5'7 tall), daily non-stop headaches, mood swings, virtually no libido, problems waking up, heart palpitations, etc. I am just now getting over my addiction, and found that tapering must be done very slowly. I was consuming about 400-500mg a day! The downside is, now I have a ravenous appetite for starchy foods, and feel like a slug almost every waking hour. But I think I'd rather be a little chunky and tired, than a female Skeletor with no sex drive.
Fri, 2012-05-11 11:03#5
When I was in colleague I struggled with all sorts of addictions. At first, because I was under a lot of stress I abused of chocolate products. It was awful for me not have a chocolate bar nearby. After I saw that I seriously gained weight, I tried to quit and started chewing gum. That nearly made me get gastritis and I stopped, but when the finals were approaching, coffee was my best friend. I could not live without it or my cigarettes. I was studying at night, most times and that required a lot of coffee, and once I had the taste of it, letting it go seemed so hard. I got dehydrated, and it started making me tired. My body was breaking down. I had to do something while I could. I knew that if I would try to replace it with other things I will end up addicted to them also so I had to stop. As I was in a store I found some sort of decaf coffee. It tasted really nice, but it was not harming my body that much. Because coffee was dehydrating me, I started drinking a lot of water and at one cup of coffee I had to drink two of water. That natural something helped me a lot. Now I drink coffee occasionally, and I feel a lot better.
Fri, 2012-05-11 12:25#6
Funny that I should read this
Funny that I should read this post today since me and my husband were discussing about it! As you all have pointed out Caffeine is a drug but somehow, like the other horrible eating and lifestyle habits we have accumulated as a modern society, drinking coffee has been also officially accepted!I only stopped drinking coffee three months before I wanted to become pregnant. I think the only way to cope up with addiction is when every individual decides to make decision to live a balanced life. Try the best not to get caught in the "ohhh... it is normal to be stressed in this fast paced life" situation that is so rampant these days. Trying to go to sleep at normal hours, drinking plenty of water, reducing the intake of too much processed foods, drinking a glass of warm milk with honey after a nice warm shower in the night to help with good sleep can all pay off in the long term and might reduce the need for people to feel stressed and thereby opting for the quick releif by drinking coffee! And we all have to remember, what we do is what our kids learn, so we have to be careful of what we teach the next generation!
Wed, 2012-05-23 17:04#7
This blog struck me
This blog struck me particularly because I, too, used to struggle with a caffeine addiction. Because I went to boarding school, my caffeine intake spiked much earlier than most individuals' does. For me, I was drinking about two liters of coffee every morning in my first two classes, and then more throughout the day in the form of sodas, and energy drinks. Although I found myself doing really well in classes, I also found myself losing a lot of weight, and having little to no appetite. At the time I was happy about it, but as I look back I realize it was due to malnutrition over anything else.
Now that I am older, I work in a coffee shop. I have worked in a coffee shop for several years now and, in the beginning, had a lot of trouble saying no to the caffeine. Working an early morning shift without coffee can be a very difficult thing, but I found that since I've weaned myself off of it I feel much better, happier, and less anxious. I was able to combat my caffeine problem by telling myself that my tiredness was just a mental thing, and that I didn't actually need the coffee to survive. It worked, and now I can go days without drinking any caffeine and not even notice it.
Sat, 2012-06-23 20:40#8
I think that it is important
I think that it is important to point out that not every person who consumes foods and drinks with caffeine in them is suffering from a caffeine addiction. Just because someone enjoys a cup or two of coffee in the morning, that does not make them a caffeine addict. Even if someone drinks coffee throughout the entire day, that does not mean that they are a caffeine addict. In my opinion, I have noticed that there is one defining feature that can prove whether or not someone is addicted to caffeine. If you have a friend or if you yourself experiences a headache in the morning if you miss your cup of coffee, then there is a very good chance that you have an addiction to caffeine. Every single person handles caffeine and addiction differently and what may qualify as a caffeine addiction for you, may not mean the same thing for someone else. If you think you have an addiction, it would probably be a good idea to wean yourself off so that the addiction does not worsen as your life progresses. Any addiction is bad, but it is treatable and you can become free of your addiction with just a little willpower.
Thu, 2012-08-09 18:43#9
Still on the stuff
Caffeine has been an acquaintance of mine ever since probably junior high school. All the way through high school and all the way through college I struggled with drinking caffeine. Soda of course is a huge source for me, since I'm not much of a coffee drinker, but when I really want that boost I constantly go to five hour energy shots. These are my go to jolt for pulling an all nighter whenever I have a lot of studying to do or a lot of work to get done, but still need to make it to a class or the test I was studying for early in the morning. Although it works sometimes, this method is never a good idea. I rarely ever make it through the second day, or even close to it. This leaves my sleeping habits dehabilitated for weeks at a time. I have found that the healthiest way to function well and sleep well is to maintain a daily routine. Staying on a schedule helps your body know when to be awake and when not to be and trains it into doing so consistently. Granted, sometimes schedule changes are unavoidable, but there are many things you can do to stay disciplined. Doing exercise, as mentioned in a previous comment, not only releases stress from the body but also wears it out enough so that it can fall asleep properly at night instead of being restless. Eating breakfast each day is a giant help too. With the right routine, you can condition your body to be efficient so that you will no longer feel like you need, or even want caffeine. After all, the best beverage your body can take in for just about anything is good old fashioned water.
Sun, 2012-08-26 00:49#10
I guess you could say I have
I guess you could say I have a caffine addiction but its not my fault lol I live in New England there is a Dunkin Donuts on every other street corner, and half of them are open 24 hours. But it definitely comes in handy, I dont get wicked jittery like a lot of people do it just mainly keeps me alert and keeps my eyelids from feeling like they are hundred pounds each. I think all addicitions are based on habit and not just the drug it self. You jst get used to wake up drink coffee. grab a cup before class after class, or whenever you do, you just get used to doing it at that time and the next thing you know everyday around that time that coffee is in your hand. But if it keeps you going and doesnt affect you negatively than i dont see why you would stop unless your just tired of it and dont want to ingest caffine anymore.
Sun, 2012-10-28 15:39#11
Addicted to Caffeine
I am guilty of having a caffeine addiction, although I am actively working on reducing my caffeine intake. I will have 2 or 3 cups of coffee in the morning, another cup in the middle of the day, and sometimes a cup in the evening if I have to stay up late to do homework. I also am averaging only about 5 hours of sleep each night. The combination of too much caffeine and not enough sleep is quite unhealthy, I am very aware of this. Right now, as I type, I find my fingers shaking a little from the 3 cups of coffee I had this morning. Drinking coffee does help me stay awake and maintain energy, but it also tastes really good. I enjoy the roasty flavor and warmth of coffee, especially in the fall and winter seasons. There are better ways of maintaining energy, like exercising and eating healthy, but I am so short on time as it is, it's faster and easier to grab a cup of coffee than do yoga! As far as getting more sleep, there is no substitute for that. It just needs to happen as 5 hours is simply not enough. I actually do not think I am "addicted" to caffeine, I just really enjoy it and, mentally, I tell myself I need it. Maybe I am an addict, but it seems impossible to think that I could give up coffee all together, I enjoy it too much and I figure there are worse things to be addicted to!