As odd as it may sound, a California citizen tested positive for caffeine overdose and was consequently charged with DUI. Furthermore, given that Americans consume 3 cups of coffee, on average, per day, it is highly unlikely that the unfortunate driver is the only one to consume large doses of coffee while on the road.
However, the question as to how caffeine overdose can impair one’s driving capability remains. For that reason, a team of researchers has launched an investigation into the negative effects the substance has on tired drivers. Initial studies conducted by Dr. John Torres show that drinking coffee can actually improve driving abilities. However, negative effects may come into play once an exhausted individual uses large amounts of caffeine in order to suppress chronic fatigue.
“The only way that it might have an effect is if a person uses it to cover fatigue and then it wears off”, says Dr. Torres.
In order to raise awareness on the effects caffeine has on the human body, researchers compiled a list of surprising truths about the energizing substance that most people are unaware of. When taken in recommended amounts, caffeine can temporarily boost brain power, according to Dr. Torres. However, it comes at a price. If an individual overdoses on caffeine, excessive amounts of the substance can lead to increased irritability and jitteriness. Ultimately, this could have a devastating impact on the user, especially when the subject is faced with crucial decision-making tasks. Other serious side effects refer to panic attacks, anxiety, and even irregular heartbeat.
Contrary to popular belief, Dr. Torres recommends coffee aficionados to drink their first cup sometime around noon. He explains that cortisol levels peak around 30 minutes after an individual wakes up, rendering the consumption of coffee for improved vitality useless. Instead, he recommends drinking one cup in the middle of the day when cortisol levels are lower.
Ultimately, people who wish to cut down on their caffeine intake may choose to go for light roast. However, it has been scientifically proven that dark blends actually contain less caffeine. One explanation is that a large amount of caffeine is lost during the roasting process. Also, for those who wish to stop drinking coffee altogether, they can always switch to tea.
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