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Drinking Coffee to Wake Up May Be Dangerous in Ways You Aren't Considering
Coffee to get up, Advil Pm, to fall asleep
In a normal day, we wake up, grab a cup coffee, head into work and begin our days. Nothing wrong about that, but we work on average 7,500 days in the average career….which means we’re drinking a lot of caffeine. Add a coke for lunch, or an afternoon cup of coffee, and its easy to see 10,000 doses of jolt.
While we tend to like the taste, we typically drink coffee for the caffeine and ritual. Nothing wrong in that, but it begs the question about what in our lives drives us to live this way: artificially “waking” ourselves up.
Then there is the other end of the spectrum…..finding it hard to fall asleep, we often turn to a sleeping aid, Advil PM, or a glass of wine, or prescription medication. Add these two combinations together, and we’re medicating to get up, and medicating to counter-act what we previously medicated against. This is no way to live, but millions of American’s follow this ritual day in, and day out.
Coffee Drinkers: How bad is it?
How many cups of coffee do you drink a day?
OK, So Where is the Danger?
Caffeine in itself may not be the danger....but the quantity and dependency may just be trapping you in a life-cycle or dependency.
Aside from the headaches, nausea, and anxiety (jittery feelings), The long term effects of caffeine consumption can lead to high blood pressure, rapid heart rate, with an increase in strokes, and cerebral vascular disease (which may increase the risk of dementia).
But if you still aren't buying it....just think about how powerful that cup of coffee is. You need it to wake up. You drive out of your way to go to Starbucks, sometimes waiting in line for a $5 beverage. A drink, with that much impact on your life.
There are people I know, who are complete bears in the morning....until they get their coffee. Ever been with a group of people, and there's one person who 'has" to stop for coffee.... how powerful that little drink can be.
While it is ok to give in to your cravings, and things you like from time to time.....you should stop and look at the level of involvement in plays in your life. I cringe when I hear someone joking that "he must not have had his coffee yet". I don't find it funny, I find it sad that something so petty has such a control over a person,
If its more than a casual thought, and you find yourself "on a mission" to get your fix....you may want to consider seeking some help....not from the coffee, but for the OCD that comes with it.
Caffeine is Addicting: Your OCD may not come honestly
Ok, so no more insults you lovable coffee drinker. Caffeine is addicting in its own right. Your OCD behavior may be coming honestly, but it almost may be an unnatural tendency brought on by the cravings created by caffeine.
Like many drugs, caffeine is chemically addictive, a fact that scientists established back in 1994. With the publication of the 5th edition of the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM), caffeine withdrawal was finally included as a mental disorder for the first time.
As many of you coffee drinkers know....it isn't fun to not be able to get your daily fix.If you find yourself going through one of those withdrawals...why not stop it for good right now?
No More Coffee: Ok, Less Coffeee
Break The Cycle
If you're ready to stop the coffee binge.....best to just stop it cold. Cutting back will only lead you to pouring larger cups, or making concessions.
1) Clean out your collection of mugs: you don't need more than a set of coffee mugs. Stop collecting them and shoving them on shelves, clean them up, give them away or donate them. You won't be needing them.
3) Avoid the pairings....cigarettes & coffee are popular, as are donuts and coffee and typical breakfast foods. Why not have some juice instead, or milk. Something other than a caffeinated beverage will go a long way in breaking the habit.
4) Count it up: how much money do you normally spend a day? A two cup trip to Starbucks can cost $10 a day ($2,500) a year for those loyal followers. Thats some serious money to drink.
5)Switch to decaf...of, maybe not a complete habit breaker, but definitely down the right road.