The Effects of Caffeine
By: Samantha Ortiz
Now I think most of us can agree high school is difficult and mornings are the worst. This explains as to why I haven’t written in a while. Amidst projects and papers, I haven’t found the time or motivation. Before this past winter break, I was
When regularly drinking coffee I experienced headaches, irritability, anxiety, and kept an irregular sleep schedule. These symptoms were both caused by the coffee and further influenced by each other. As I continuously drank coffee my sleep schedule became more warped. Paired with early mornings, I was faced with fatigue causing the cycle to repeat.
This was especially true if I decided to have coffee later in the day. Even if I did sleep, it wasn’t restful, and thus defeated the purpose of sleep. The coffee drained my available energy in one go, often leaving me drained as it wore off. I was irritable and anxious due to the coffee’s effect and spent most of my time working on projects and fighting off headaches.
During the three week cleanse, I remained irritable and a little jittery. I was, of course, used to the caffeine and relied on sheer stubbornness to power through the three weeks. As time passed I got used to not relying on caffeine and my sleep schedule restored itself. This lowered the irritability caused by fatigue and the anxiousness from the heightened alertness caused by the coffee.
Despite my three weeks cleanse, I still occasionally drink coffee, though considerably less now. I still have late nights finishing up work. I still go through the routine of being a senior taking several AP
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