Cutting Back On Caffeine

We all know that caffeine has its benefits. Caffeine affects the central nervous system and in the right dose, it can increase focus and alertness. A little boost when you’re feeling tired can be useful. But the more caffeine you drink, the less effect it has so the more you have to drink. And on and on…

People have varying reactions to caffeine. Some seem unphased by it, while others feel jittery after one caffeinated drink. Children are especially sensitive to caffeine because they tend to weigh less and the drug stays in their bodies longer.

Too much caffeine can make you anxious, irritable, interfere with normal sleep and contribute gastrointestinal problems like gastric reflux. If you’d like to cut back or give up caffeine, it’s recommended that you do it gradually. Going “cold turkey” can cause you to get headaches and feel tired, irritable, or just plain lousy.

Try cutting your intake by replacing caffeinated sodas and coffee with non-caffeinated drinks. Examples include water, caffeine-free sodas, and caffeine-free teas. Keep track of how many caffeinated drinks you have each day, and substitute one drink per week with a caffeine-free alternative until you’ve gotten below the 100-milligram mark.

As you cut back on the amount of caffeine you consume, you may find yourself feeling tired. Your best bet is to hit the sack, not the sodas. It’s just your body’s way of telling you it needs more rest. Your energy levels will return to normal in a few days.