Cut Back on the Caffeine

Classified as a psychoactive drug, caffeine is a bitter substance found in coffee, tea, soft drinks, chocolate, some nuts and certain medicines. It has many effects on the body’s metabolism, including stimulation of the central nervous system. It can make you feel more alert and give you a boost of energy.

For most people, the amount of caffeine they consume each day isn’t harmful. However, too much of it can make you feel restless, anxious and irritable. It may also prevent a good night’s sleep and cause headaches and abnormal heart rhythms. Furthermore, if heavy caffeine use stops, it can cause withdrawal symptoms. Certain circumstances call for reducing the amount of caffeine you consume, including the following:

  • You consume unhealthy amounts of caffeine each day, more than 500 to 600 milligrams. This is about four cups of coffee.
  • You experience caffeine sensitivity symptoms, including anxiety, fatigue and headaches.
  • You’re not sleeping well.

Caffeine can be habit-forming, so any attempts to stop or lessen the amount you consume can be challenging. It’s important to know how much caffeine is in the foods and beverages you consume and to gradually reduce the amount of caffeine you take in. Try replacing caffeinated coffee, tea and soft drinks with their decaffeinated counterparts.

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