Most people that take caffeine regularly know why it’s so amazing – heck, that notion is even further enhanced by the fact that it usually comes in a form that is absolutely delicious. Ranging from coffee, soda, energy drinks, to other products, caffeine can be found almost everywhere, and so many Americans and others around the world enjoy its use every day.
Caffeine works by blocking the adenosine receptors in the brain – these are what makes us groggy and sleepy. With these receptors blocked, we feel more alert and awake. In addition, caffeine heightens brain activity, increases heart rate, helps us concentrate, and it even fuels muscle activity. The latter has even being taken advantage of when in the gym. Yes, caffeine enhances workouts.
At the safe dose capacity of 400mg a day, you have quite a lot of leeway when drinking caffeinated drinks – about 3 cups of coffee a day – before you experience any side effects. Note that too much caffeine can also cause death. However, you’ll need quite a lot of cups before that happens. But then again, everyone’s body tolerance may differ, so take caution.
When trying to get the most out of caffeine and its stimulant effects, though, you might want to abstain for it. While this might sound counterintuitive, taking a break from caffeine before when you need it most will guarantee the best effects and results. For example, if you know that you’re going to need to stay awake a week from now to do an overnighter for an exam, it’ll be advised to take the week prior off.
Then again, it makes sense. If you’ve ever taken a break from coffee, you know that the very first one after a while gives you an insane jolt of energy. The same can be said with cigarettes. When you stop smoking for a while, the first one always hits you in the head. Use this information to your advantage, and when you’re actually going to need a 200% boost of energy and alertness as opposed to a 110% boost, plan your caffeine use and stay off of it for a week before you need it.