by Paul Freegale
If you are like me, this is a weakness of yours too. I ingest too much caffeine each day. I probably have at least six or more servings each day. More than I should consume in several days. I drink too much cola. That is my problem. Not only is it loaded with sugar, it has caffeine in it too. A cup of coffee in the morning to get you going is not going to hurt. It can help you wake up and be more alert. It can help jump start your day into something worthwhile. Instead of feeling sleepy and tired. However, if you drink too much caffeine, you can have the opposite effect that you are looking for. It can drain all of your energy and make you feel very tired. It can also cause you to have problems sleeping. This can be a very big problem.
You may not think of it as a problem, but it is. Caffeine is addictive. Yes, you can be hooked to it. I am not saying that you will be like a crack head if you don't get a cup of coffee. Nevertheless, anyone who is addicted to caffeine knows how it feels to get the shakes when you don't have any in your system. This is the addictive qualities of it. You are shaking because you are going through withdraw. Your body is craving it and letting you know.
Caffeine is a great pick me up. From that morning cup of Joe to the extra pep it gives you in your energy drink, it can be very helpful. The key thing is, you must use it right. You can't over due it. Caffeine can have very bad side effects if not used properly. Studies show that drivers who think they can substitute caffeine for sleep are a risk to everyone on the road. Your reaction times are slower and that may cause you to have an accident.
The key thing is to understand the use of caffeine and how to use it right. If you are a bit tired in the evening, a cup of coffee is a great way to give you a little pep. If you are going to be using something dangerous like a chain saw, you should wait until you are fully alert to operate it. Don't think coffee will make you alert enough to be able to run it safely. So, you are tired at work. You need a little pick me up, but don't want to use caffeine. Well, there are some things that you can do to help you out.
Avoid foods high in sugar. Don't run for a candy bar when you are feeling sluggish. Don't drink sodas with your lunch. This will give you a burst of energy, but it will make you tired when the energy is gone. I would suggest to you that you keep some fruit on hand for when you are feeling sluggish. Keep an apple in your desk or some other fruit that you can easily eat and not have to prepare. You can also try pears, peaches, or oranges. You do have to peel an orange, so that might not be the best solution for you if you need a pick me up right away.
Drinking juice is another great way to get that pep you are looking for. You should consider buying a juicer. They are not too expensive and the benefits of fresh juice are well worth the money. In addition, you can make different kinds of juices. You can make an apple and pear drink. There is no end to the kind of drinks you can make. Also, you don't have to worry about what is in them. You make it; you know it is 100% juice.
A serving of juice will help you regain your strength. It will give you the energy you need to get through the day. You might also want to drink juice with your lunch. If you do this instead of drinking sodas, you will not be burnt out as fast. Energy bars are a great thing if you have them on hand. Don't get ones that are full of sugar or honey. That will give you a burnt out feeling. Instead, go with something that is good for you. I have seen some chocolate covered energy bars, don't get these. Run like hell from these bars. It is an expensive candy bar.
Of course, you can always take a nap. This is a great way of increasing your energy. However, it is not always possible to do. You also should avoid a high fat diet. If you eat too much fat, it will drain you. It will also make you depressed. When you are depressed, you will not have the energy that you should have.
The important thing is this in regards to caffeine. Have a cup of coffee from time to time, if you are feeling a little tired. Don't let it replace sleep. Don't think that you can function the same on caffeine as you can fully rested. Don't think that because you had two cups of coffee that it is safe to drive your car even if you are drop dead tired.