I gave up my caffeine addiction last Fall after my doctor told me I needed to do so for health reasons. I loved my morning coffee, and I didn’t want to give it up. I am not a morning person, and I thought I needed the morning jolt to get me going. Nevertheless, I got on-board with the doctor’s instructions, and now my morning fix has given way to my morning decaf. Notwithstanding the brief withdrawal period, it really hasn’t been that big of a deal.
All of that is prologue to an interesting report from Reuters yesterday on a recent study showing that my desire for a “morning jolt” probably wasn’t quite what I thought it was. The report explains:
“Bristol University researchers found that drinkers develop a tolerance to both the anxiety-producing and the stimulating effects of caffeine, meaning that it only brings them back to baseline levels of alertness, not above them.”
If this study is correct, then caffeine isn’t the pick-me-up that we thought it was. Just an FYI for all of you who are reconsidering your caffeine addiction.