With extreme chilly winters approaching the country, a warm cup of coffee is all you need to kick start your day. Coffee and other caffeinated drinks have become a staple for students. This obsession with caffeine must do more than just the taste…. but the effects!!
There can be various causes behind this proclivity for caffeine. Caffeine gives a boost of energy which is lucrative for students to perform better in studies. For instance, mostly students consume caffeinated drinks to stay alert during lectures, to pull an all-nighter to study for exams or to complete assignments before the deadline.
Another powerful influence of caffeine is the negative and positive reinforcement associated with it. For instance, the removal of disturbing symptoms such as headaches, confusion and sleepiness are the negative reinforcement associated with it. Whereas, improved concentration, alertness and the buzz that comes with a shot of espresso stimulates positive reinforcement that encourages the consumption of caffeine.
But is caffeine good for us?…. contrary to the popular assumption, caffeine is reported to improve physical as well as the cognitive health. Caffeine consumption is said to reduce the occurrence of Parkinson’s disease and also reduce the chances of developing type 2 diabetes. This is so because caffeine is known to fasten the metabolic rate hence regulating the blood sugar. It sharpens the memory, improves reaction time, and is also reported to enhance the cognitive performance in older adults. People who frequently consume caffeine perform better on cognitive tasks regarding attention, concentration, and memory.
However, it is imperative to discover if there are any adverse effects of consumption of caffeinated drinks. Firstly, extreme consumption of caffeine can result in increased blood pressure which is detrimental and injurious for the brain and heart health. It is also reported that high consumption of caffeine can result in insomnia. Caffeinated drinks are usually consumed when a person feels dull and sleepy. Continuous consumption of caffeine can impair your ability to fall asleep at night and as a result makes you drowsy and tired. Insomnia is a serious disorder that requires treatment. Caffeinated drinks often become a source of empty calories if a lot of sugar is also added. This leads to weight gain, insulin resistance, drowsiness, and stained teeth.
There are valid justifications on both sides of the caffeine conundrum. More research is needed to make any further advancement in our knowledge about the impact of caffeine consumption. Until then, we can enjoy a warm cuppa or two!!
By Sarah Arif