How Caffeine Makes You Emotionally Handicapped

Do you drink coffee on a regular basis?

If so, you are probably paying around $165 dollars every year to drink caffeine.

Recent research suggests that caffeine has a devastating effect in your life, particularly in your relationships.

In fact, in a recent article at Forbes, Travis Bradberry, author of Emotional Intelligence 2.0, calls caffeine “the silent killer emotional intelligence.”

He strongly suggests that if you would like to turbo-charge your emotional intelligence, you better start reducing your caffeine intake today. Here’s Bradberry’s findings you may find interesting:

  • Most people believe that drinking caffeine enhances your alertness and mood. This is false. In fact, many studies suggest that drinking caffeine has actually improved cognitive performance such as memory, attention span in the short-term. These studies were found incomplete by a ground breaking new research from Johns Hopkins Medical School which made a connection with caffeine drinker’s habits. Many coffee drinker often become highly dependent, resulting a several withdrawal if you miss your regular dose. Studies show some interesting finds: caffeine-related performance improvement is non-existent without caffeine withdrawal. Coming off caffeine reduces your cognitive performance and negative impact on your mood. The only way to restore to your normal is through drinking caffeine.

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  • Caffeine stimulates the production of adrenaline which is the source of “fight or flight” response. Whenever you are faced with a threat, this “fight or flight” response kicks in. For example, if you encounter an unexpected gang walking back home, you may experience a surge of adrenaline. Should I fight or escape? At this moment, your emotions take charge instead of your rational mind. This is a key survival factor especially if you are in a survival mode, but this becomes devastating in your daily interactions. If your manager makes a negative comment, or your fellow employee fails to take accountability, this response isn’t helpful at all. Your emotions overrun your behavior and may say and behave in a way that is deemed inappropriate or devastate your relationship capital you’ve developed over the years.  At Carnegie Mellon University, studies showed “large doses of caffeine raise blood pressure, stimulate the heart,a nd produce rapid shallow breathing which deprives the brain of the oxygen to keep your thinking rational and calm.
  • Caffeine, most importantly, screws up your sleeping cycle. A good night sleep is a deep REM (rapid eye movement) sleep where your brain recharges, shuffles, sorts, and discards your daily memories. You are in fact most sensitive during your sleep. Caffeine has a six-hour half-life which means it takes full 24 hours to work its way out of the system. In fact studies show “if you have a cup of joe at 8am, you’ll still have 25% of the caffeine in your body at 8pm. Anything you drink after noon will still be at 50% strength at your bedtime.” When you do sleep, caffeine disrupts your REM sleep. So, when you wake up you feel you’re not at your 100%. You become emotionally handicapped.