Signs You’re Over-reliant On Coffee To Keep You Going

Let’s face it, for many of us, coffee is a lifesaver. No one knows what would've gotten us through all these long cold nights and sleepy mornings. However, it has become more of a necessity than a supplement.

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Caffeine, an active ingredient in coffee, is a stimulant that helps us stay alert. Long term dependence on this substance can be detrimental to your physical and mental well-being. Although caffeine itself is not addictive, it does cause some physical dependence.

This isn't meant to offset coffee lovers, but you might want to rethink your coffee drinking habits! Here are some signs you’re relying too much on coffee to keep you going.

You Can’t Function Properly Without Coffee

For one reason or another, you might've forgotten to drink your daily cup of coffee at least once but how did you hold up? If you can't function properly without your daily cup of coffee, chances are you have some form of caffeine dependence. You might want to ask yourself if you can get by without coffee for a day.

You Experience Withdrawal Symptoms

Withdrawal symptoms are the biggest indicator of caffeine dependence. The most common symptom is headaches. Other symptoms include depression, low energy, anxiety and fatigue. Coffee withdrawal symptoms are said to last anywhere from two to even nine days for heavy consumers!

Why You Should Curb Your Dependence

There's nothing wrong with drinking coffee, after all, it's what springs us to life every morning. However, you shouldn't be dependent on it.

When you consume more coffee, the minimum amount of coffee you need for normal functioning increases. You might not realize how much you’ve grown reliant on coffee until one day, you’re unable to meet your minimum coffee consumption. Next thing you know, you’re hit with a stream of withdrawal symptoms and only then will you realize you’re over-reliant on coffee. It’s like your body doesn’t have enough fuel to keep you going even though you’re an otherwise healthy person!

Pregnant women are advised to minimize or preferably eliminate their caffeine consumption. It's always better to wean off your coffee dependence before pregnancy. Slowly and gradually lowering your coffee intake is one of many ways you can curb your dependence. Make sure you consult a doctor if you feel your coffee intake or dependence is affecting your life.

Don't forget to enjoy your cup of coffee but at the same time, don’t let it take control over your life!

 

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/caffeine-withdrawal

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