Sunday, December 02, 2007

Caffeine might become substitute to sleep

Or so, ScienceDaily tells us.

Morning Jolt Of Caffeine Might Mask Serious Sleep Problems

With the holiday season’s hustle and bustle in full swing, most of us will race to our favorite coffee shop to get that caffeine boost to make it through the day. However, that daily jolt that we crave might be the reason we need the caffeine in the first place.

“Many people won’t get enough sleep during the holidays and will drink numerous cups of coffee or high energy drinks so they will have enough energy to finish shopping and attend numerous parties,” said Dr. Joshua Septimus, an internist with The Methodist Hospital in Houston. “Most will use caffeine to push their bodies to the extreme, when they could get just as much energy from good night’s sleep.”

I'm shocked, shocked. Do you mean that a drink that you drink to wake you up, might actually keep you awake?

Of course, there is a deeper point to the article, which might be worth noticing - if you keep going on caffeinated drinks, you don't solve the root problems, but only the symptoms. Instead you should try to catch up on your sleep.

This, of course, is easier said than done, and doesn't really address those people who are forced to adapt to (for them) unnatural sleep patterns - e.g. 'owls' having to get up early in the morning.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

Tea, coffee, cola, energy drinks and chocolate share the same nerve toxin (stimulant), caffeine. Caffeine, which is readily released into the blood, triggers a powerful immune response that helps the body to counteract and eliminate this irritant. The toxic irritant stimulates the adrenal glands, and to some extent, the body’s many cells, to release the stress hormones adrenaline and cortisol into the blood stream.

If consumption of stimulants continues on a regular basis, however, this natural defense response of the body becomes overused and ineffective. The almost constant secretion of stress hormones, which are highly toxic compounds in and of themselves, eventually alters the blood chemistry and causes damage to the immune system, endocrine, and nervous systems. Future defense responses are weakened, and the body becomes more prone to infections and other ailments.

The boost in energy experienced after drinking a cup of coffee is not a direct result of the caffeine it contains, but of the immune system’s attempt to get rid of it (caffeine) An overexcited and suppressed immune system fails to provide the “energizing” adrenaline and cortisol boost needed to free the body from the acidic nerve toxin, caffeine. At this stage, people say that they are “used” to a stimulant, such as coffee. So they tend to increase intake to feels the “benefits.”

Since the body cells have to sacrifice some of their own water for the removal of the nerve toxin caffeine, regular consumption of coffee, tea, or colas causes them to become dehydrated. For every cup of tea or coffee you drink, the body has to mobilize 2-3 cups of water just to remove the stimulants, a luxury it cannot afford. This applies to soft drinks, medicinal drugs, and any other stimulants, As a rule, all stimulants have a strong dehydrating effect on the bile, blood, and digestive juices.

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December 02, 2007 10:50 AM  
Blogger Kristjan Wager said...

Wow. That's quite a technical explanation of how caffeine works on the body. Thanks. I certainly wasn't aware of all the facts you mention.

December 02, 2007 11:06 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

blah blah blah. i could make a bet that this guy is some rep that is trying to get people to stop drinking coffee and other good stuff. so they drink his companies drinks instead.

June 17, 2008 6:48 AM  

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