Coffee is a regular part of many person’s diet; about 1/3 of people in both Europe and America regularly drink the caffeinated beverage. Whether this is a good or bad thing is up for debate. I have scoured the Internet and professional journals for years about a conclusion on coffee and caffeine, and there is none to be had. The Olympic committee has banned the substance because caffeine has been proven to increase athletic performance in skills such as distance running. But from an overall health perspective, it seems coffee isn’t too bad, but nor is it a panacea. There are numerous articles out there on quitting coffee, but if you plan to quit, you will need a good reason to do so, for as I have found, reducing caffeine intake can be a challenging task.
I have had an abbreviated history with caffeine, as I didn’t drink soda as a child. I first stared drinking coffee regularly in sophomore year of college, and have been drinking it ever since. Caffeine has a pronounced effect on me, probably in part due to my late introduction and perhaps just due to my body chemistry. The Mayo Clinic talks about caffeine sensitivity, but luckily its effects aren’t that severe with me, but a cup at 10:30PM will keep me up until 4am. So why stop? When I first started working a standard hours job, I wasn’t getting enough sleep, and was consuming 1 to 3 cups a day. The experience was a daily emotional rollercoaster, a little too much to regularly handle. I cut it down to 1–2 cups a day, but I still had a rise and fall in the morning and early afternoon, which would often conclude with a cup of tea around 2PM.