Tuesday July 16, 2019

After effects of the caffeine hangover

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A cup of slow death?

By NewsGram Staff Writer

Are you a coffee aficionado? Do you have a sweet tooth for caffeine? You might (not) want to consider life without the morning cup of espresso.

For those looking to kick the butt off the caffeine syndrome, here are a few pointers to the beginning of life without caffeine:

The first thing you will encounter is weakness. The withdrawals, as per researchers, include headaches, lethargy and hefty mood swings.

Since sodas come loaded with sugar, weight loss might also be witnessed. Ironically, some people may experience exactly the opposite; weight gain. This is due to the fact that caffeine suppresses appetite and therefore, to stop drinking the stimulant would lead to a more natural appetite.

Sleep would be deep, and according to researchers, those who don’t drink caffeine will be able to clock in more snooze time than those who do, even if a little bit.

Mental balance would soon return with the easing of blood pressure. Lesser anxiety and stress would provide more relaxation to the individual.

However, not everything is wrong with caffeine intake though. Coffee is the number one source of antioxidants, drinking five to six cups of which cuts heart disease risk by 21 percent.

Caffeine also boosts exercise performance and so reducing the intake of coffee may amount to reduction in the amount of calories burnt during an intense workout.

To drink caffeine or not is the question.

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Researchers Design Tool that Customises Caffeine Intake for Alertness

It also enables users to automatically obtain optimal caffeine timing and doses to achieve peak alertness at the desired times, said the study

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Researchers have designed a web-based caffeine optimisation tool with effective strategies to maximize alertness while avoiding excessive caffeine consumption.

Using multiple sleep-deprivation and shift-work scenarios, the researchers have generated a caffeine-consumption guidance, according to findings published in the journal Sleep.

Their analysis found that the solutions suggested by the quantitative caffeine optimisation tool either required on average 40 per cent less caffeine or enhanced alertness by an additional 40 per cent.

“The tool allows an individual to optimize the beneficial effects of caffeine while minimizing its consumption,” said study lead author Jaques Reifman from the US Army Medical Research.

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The findings showed that people who were more sensitive to caffeine and were drinking a lot of coffee consumed low amounts of tea. Pixabay

In the tool, the users can input several factors – the desirable peak-alertness periods within a sleep/wake schedule, the minimum desirable level of alertness and the maximum tolerable daily caffeine intake.

The tool allows users to predict the alertness of an “average” individual as a function of sleep/wake schedule and caffeine schedule.

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It also enables users to automatically obtain optimal caffeine timing and doses to achieve peak alertness at the desired times, said the study.

“For example, if you pull an all-nighter, need to be at peak alertness between, say, 9 a.m. and 5 p.m., and desire to consume as little caffeine as possible, when and how much caffeine should you consume?, This is the type of question the tool was designed to answer,” Reifman said. (IANS)