Super U Podcast | Is Caffeine Hurting Your Productivity? | The Focus Project #18
This audible clip from Erik Qualman’s #1 Bestselling book The Focus Project covers how not being properly rested decreases our attention span, alertness, motivation, and performance. Is the caffeine from coffee helping or hurting our focus?
5x #1 Bestselling Author and Motivational Speaker Erik Qualman has performed in over 55 countries and reached over 50 million people this past decade. He was voted the 2nd Most Likable Author in the World behind Harry Potter’s J.K. Rowling. Qualman is also the inventor of the bestselling board game Kittycorn.
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Is Caffeine Hurting Your Productivity? | The Focus Project #18
“Many people myself included try to get a jolt throughout the day from coffee, but as caffeine from coffee helping or hurting. Studies show that compared to other drugs, caffeine’s power is relatively weak. researchers agree that caffeine has three common effects. To postpone sleep to it combats fatigue and boredom and three causes our hands to shake. Caffeine can also reduce audio and visual reaction times. However, other studies show caffeine can boost your mood for up to three hours. It can also produce different psychological effects on users depending on whether the user is an occasional caffeine user or a regular user. In some, although caffeine effects vary from person to person, the common theme is that it can affect mood or performance even when taking out a low dose, which is one of the reasons why regular coffee drinkers like me, seem to believe that we can’t be productive without the morning fix. But is this in our head or is this actually true? We do know that caffeine is extremely addictive. Regular ingestion of caffeine affects our brain’s chemical makeup, which is why users experience fatigue, headaches, and nausea when deprived of the drug. Make no mistake about it. Caffeine is a drug within 24 hours without it, our body begins to feel withdrawal symptoms. These start small, a feeling of mental fogginess and a lack of alertness. Later a throbbing headache may kick in and making it nearly impossible to focus. muscle pains or flu-like symptoms can occur. Many people don’t realize that caffeine is chemically addictive, which is the reason many coffee drinkers feel as if they can’t function without it. While difficult. distancing yourself from your coffee addiction can be extremely beneficial for improving focus. Caffeine increases the levels of stress hormones in your body. Without this added stress, we can devote our efforts to important tasks. Determine how much sleep you need to feel well-rested, and this will help lessen the chance of you reaching for your caffeine fix. A study conducted by the University of Barcelona shows that women and men are affected differently by coffee. Men start to feel the impact of coffee 10 minutes after consumption. Women take 35 to 40 minutes to get their alertness to kick in it’s less powerful than men. The effects of coffee generally occur in the two to three-hour range after consumption but can be longer or shorter based primarily on age and metabolism.”
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