Do you know how much caffeine you consume each day, on average? The truth may surprise you. March is Caffeine Awareness Month, and a great time to cut our lifeline to caffeine.

 

 

Caffeine can sneak up on you. It's in tons of different foods and drinks. From the obvious coffee and tea, to the not so obvious ice cream and medication...it's everywhere! Many specialists recommend not going over 100-200mg of caffeine daily. To put that into perspective, that would be the equivalent of 2 small morning cups of coffee. Then think about the soda (38mg) you drink with your lunch or that 2pm pick me up energy drink (80mg+). Maybe you popped a few pieces of chocolate (10mg) or alleviated a headache with over the counter migrane relief (130mg). All of a sudden you are sitting on 300mg or more of caffeine. It all adds up quickly!

It changes the way we act and feel. Caffeine is a central nervous system stimulant. Your central nervous system is composed of your brain, spinal cord, and nerves. Studies show that up to 90% of the world's population uses caffeine every day in one form or another and it effects all consumers differently. It is important to be in tune with your body to know the warning signs of too much caffeine. Too much caffeine can make one feel jittery or shaky, dizzy, lightheaded, anxious, and nervous. On a more serious note, it can cause dehydration, heart arrhythmia, high blood pressure and dependency. A caffeine dependency is hard to break and can cause withdrawal symptoms like headaches, nausea, depression and body aches among others.

Caffeine can rob you of a good night's sleep. Coffee after dinner might sound like the perfect night cap. It is probably a better idea to ask for decaf, or skip it all together. If you do indulge, this can mean that by the time you are ready to unwind and relax, your body probably is not. It is important to be mindful of the amount that you are drinking and to try to limit your intake within 6 hours of your normal bed time. By limiting your caffeine intake and getting a good night sleep, you will be well on your way to kicking your caffeine habit. In order to get the best night's sleep possible you must have a great mattress. A great mattress can help you regenerate and get the best sleep possible and help your body feel refreshed and energized in the morning. This, in turn, will allow your body to break its dependency on caffeine to feel energized. The root to a good night's sleep is a great mattress!

Get your sleep back on track by making sure you are using a mattress that is supportive to your body type and sleeping style. Your pillows also play a huge part in great sleep, so make sure they are comfortable! How much caffeine do you consume everyday? What will you do to cut down on your caffeine intake?