We love our caffeine so much that it is the most heavily abused drug on the planet. Unfortunately, there are severe, undeniable side effects to being addicted, and if you feel you can not get through your day without it, you are a caffeine addict.
I was feeling crappy for a while and I knew caffeine abuse had a lot to do with it. So I asked: “How much is too much?” Thankfully, the effects of heavy, prolonged caffeine use have been, and still are, heavily researched.
If you take in more than 600mg a day, you are likely to suffer from one or all of the following symptoms:
- Stomach upset
- Fast heartbeat
- Muscle tremors
- Trouble staying awake during the day
There is even better news! You build a tolerance to Caffeine after about 18 days of prolonged heavy caffeine use, getting you to a point where you need more and more just to feel “normal.”
But wait, there’s more! Before you even stop ingesting it, you get to deal with withdrawal.
Withdrawal starts kicking sometime DURING the 8 hours after your last cup of joe (the science is a bit heavy as to when and how this happens, but you definitely get to start feeling it before the 8 hours are up). As you are waiting for your next fix, you get to deal with:
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Pain in the stomach and joints
- Poorer academic performance
For more reading on the effects of caffeine overuse, I recommend the following articles:
When abused, caffeine is a focus KILLER!
P.S.: Sean Finter will be speaking in Baton Rouge tomorrow, Thursday, July 17.