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After reading the class blog recently, I have noticed a common theme of sleep or lack thereof. This seems like a timely topic seeing as midterms are right around the corner and students are losing sleep due to late night studying. I have been guilty of this myself, as I tend to procrastinate my work to the very last minute. However, I always make sure that the work I do is up to my standards thus leaving myself with a sleep deficiency.
How do I survive with such little sleep? COFFEE. And lots of it. With each sip I drink, I feel that I am being revived and brought back to life. But I can’t help but wonder: what is this coffee really doing to me? Something that makes me feel so alive in the late hours of the night when I should be sleeping can’t be good for me. According to this article, it’s not. I had always been suspicious of caffeine, but this article confirmed my doubts. Caffeine basically causes your body to go into over-drive and work extra hard to energize you. This all makes sense, but then after reading this article, I realized that one of the worst effects that caffeine has on your body is that it declines your quality of sleep. I had never thought about the fact that just because I’m sleeping after having 3 cups of coffee, it doesn’t mean that I’m receiving the proper kind of sleep that I need.
I also did some reading on energy drinks, and I found that those are even worse sources of caffeine for your body as they are also loaded with sugar and other unhealthy ingredients. I’m sure that most of you had already heard this, but after reading that article I actually learned why energy drinks are so bad for you.
After all of this reading, I have reached some conclusions. Although it is not possible for me to completely quit drinking coffee (in fact it is even bad for you to quit cold turkey), I will try to reduce the amount that I drink, and to drink it earlier in the day so I can receive the proper amount and quality of sleep that I need so I don’t need even more the next day! And also, I will vow to avoid energy drinks at all costs unless entirely necessary. How do you feel about caffeine dependence?