Saturday, 6 August 2011

It’s official; I’m such an addict.

Before anything else, please watch this Nescafé Brown and Creamy ad featuring the super yami Coco Martin:

I wasn’t behaving properly during the last few days. And by “properly,” I don’t really know what I mean. Lol. It’s just that I’ve been more moody, I got easily irritated, became less interested about going online and staying up late, and kinda wished I were dead. Yuck, so emo. Chos. I felt really really restless, I wanted to sleep for a whole day. I even blamed my period at that time, but when I noticed that the period was already over but I was still my irritable self, just a little bit intensified, I realized there was something else that’s wrong with me…

After eating lunch earlier, I took Paracetamol (I’m allergic to Ibuprofen, btw), and made myself a cup of Nescafé Brown and Creamy (because I love Coco Martin like that). Heehee.

So anyway. It hit me, then. I realized, for the second time, that the reason why I’m having killer headaches is that it’s been a while since I got my caffeine fix. Was it two or three days? Not sure. But I sure missed drinking coffee. I kinda made it a point before that I should be drinking at least a cup a day. I just refused drinking coffee recently because it really doesn’t make me sleep and I sorta needed to get up early during the past mornings.

So I did some research. Again.

I’ve always known, though, that Caffeine, which is commonly found in coffee, is a drug that makes people stay awake and alert. It is actually, "the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world." Caffeine is a low profile drug also found in tea, cocoa, soft drinks, ice cream, chocolate, and some OTC drugs. Caffeine relieves tension headaches by constricting blood vessels. I’ve read that a combination of caffeine beverages and Ibuprofen actually relieves headaches faster and more effectively. I’m a living proof of that. The headache that was killing me for two days already gradually diminished the moment I had my coffee fix.

Wow. I’ve been suffering from terrible headaches because I missed drinking coffee and having my caffeine fix, but the moment I had it, it went away. So, the cause of and cure for this headache is coffee. Just wow. Parang sa love lang. Hahaha. Anyway…

Caffeine intake increases the secretion of norepinephrine, a neurotransmitter that is associated with the so-called fight or flight stress response. Hence, the resemblance of the symptoms of panic attacks. Too much caffeine intake leads to undesirable traits such as anxiety, nervousness, irritability, rapid heartbeat, depression, mood changes, and other psychological and physiological abnormalities. And here I am wondering why I usually wake up in the middle of the night suffering from breathing problems and increased heart rate. So, I now conclude that I’ve been behaving really weird lately mostly because of this caffeine abuse.

Btw, the symptoms of caffeine intoxication include:

Restlessness | Nervousness | Excitement | Insomnia | Flushed face | Diuresis | Gastrointestinal disturbance | Muscle twitching | Talking or thinking in a rambling manner | Tachycardia | Periods of inexhaustibility | Psychomotor agitation | Ringing in the ears or seeing flashes of light

Sad to say, I’ve been through all of that already.

So. Because of what I’ve read about Caffeinism today, I feel like I should stop wanting coffee already. It makes me go crazier and weirder than my usual self. I know it’s gonna be hard. But I don’t have any actual plan of dissing coffee pa naman. I’m still playing with that idea in my mind pa.

Sucks, though. Because I love coffee so much! And Coco Martin for that matter. Hahaha. Yaaaamiiii! ♥

Caffeinism: Symptoms and Remedies of Caffeine Addiction
Caffeine-related disorders


Anonymous said...

according to researches 2 cups of it a day is ok :)

Luane said...

Drinking tea has the same kick as coffee! Try tea nalang! Plus, tea isn't diuretic i.e. it doesn't retain water to cause water weight. Tayo ay mag-tsaa na lamang nang tayo ay sumeksi :P

Anonymous said...

@Butil: Really? Ang hirap lang kasi talaga ng withdrawal. Hehe. 1cup a day na lang for me :D

@ate Luane: Ang mahal naman kasi ng tea. Moonleaf? Universitea? Hehe. :))

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