The Harmful Effects of Caffeine on Your Brain

How does caffeine make you feel?

If you’re like the average American, you’ll probably answer with positive affirmations about how you need caffeine to get up in the morning, stay alert, and get you through the day. But if you’re honest with yourself, you’ll also mention the anxiety, sweaty palms, sleeplessness, and heart palpitations.

America is hooked on caffeine, and for all the good that it’s doing by making mornings more bearable, it’s also causing a wealth of mental and psychological effects, including all of the following:

 

Anxiety

Caffeine works by reducing the effects of a chemical known as adenosine.

Adenosine makes you feel tired, and by binding to adenosine receptors, caffeine can fool your mind and keep you alert. In doing so, it also raises the levels of adenosine in your body, and this is where the feelings of stress, irritability, and anxiety stem from.

The more caffeine that you consume, the higher the levels of adenosine will be and the more anxious you will feel. Even high-tolerance users can feel very anxious and uncomfortable if they go above their usual threshold or consume large amounts of caffeine for a long period of time.

Anxiety is one of the most commonly reported caffeine side effects. It’s so common, in fact, that it has been included in the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Medical Disorders (DSM).

 

Insomnia

Caffeine is a stimulant. By blocking the effects of adenosine, it prevents your body from going through its usual sleep cycles, interrupting your natural rhythms and keeping you awake. It’s why you should always refrain from consuming caffeine at least a few hours before bedtime, but even if you consume several doses throughout the day and stop before the evening, you may still experience sleeplessness.

If you think you’re getting plenty of sleep because you’re not tired throughout the day, it could just be the caffeine playing tricks on you.

You get less sleep than you need and feel tired upon waking, but then you drink a big cup of coffee to get an energy boost. By the early afternoon, you’re starting to wane a little, so you have more coffee, followed by a few more cups before the evening. By night-time, you succumb to those feelings of fatigue, but the stresses of the day take over, keep your mind occupied, and you spend the night tossing and turning.

The next morning you wake up after having very little sleep and you start the process all over again.

Insomnia is becoming more prevalent as Americans consume more caffeine and become more reliant on mobile screens and a sedentary lifestyle.

If you’re exercising very little, eating highly processed foods, spending all day staring at a blue screen, and consuming large amounts of caffeine, you’ll almost certainly suffer from some level of insomnia, restlessness, or daytime fatigue.

 

 

Addiction

Make no mistake about it—caffeine is a drug. It’s often dismissed as being harmless because it’s natural and legal, but the same could be said for alcohol, and that kills thousands of Americans every single year.

If you consume caffeine every day for multiple years, you’ll develop an addiction and will become reliant on the drug. Not only will you feel like you need more of it to achieve the same effects, but if you ever abstain, you’ll suffer from an array of unpleasant symptoms, including tiredness, nausea, and headaches.

These feelings will persist for several days or until you get your fix of caffeine.

 

Cleaner Energy with ACTIVATE

If you’re addicted to caffeine, you probably read the above sections in wide-eyed disbelief, and by this point, you’ll be steadily convincing yourself that caffeine isn’t so bad and that it has more positives than negatives.

After all, while the side effects are numerous, how can you expect to get through the day without your usual energy drink or cup of coffee?

There is a cleaner and more natural alternative. ACTIVATE was formulated to provide all of the energy and focus that you get from caffeine, but without the jitters, insomnia, and other issues. It’s made from natural plant extracts that feed and optimize your brain.

It stimulates but it’s not a stimulant; it improves your focus and provides noticeable benefits, but there are no side effects.

If you’re ready to quit the caffeine and experience a cleaner form of energy, try ACTIVATE today. And if you can’t give up your morning latte, you can use ACTIVATE to steadily reduce your caffeine consumption.

 

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