As college students, most of us drink caffeine at least once a day in the form of tea or coffee. Most people drink coffee to stay awake in their classes, to stay awake while studying late, or to simply stay awake. I personally love drinking both tea and coffee, although I try to be mindful of the amount of each that I drink. While tea and coffee have various benefits for one’s health, it is important to keep in mind that both tea and coffee should be consumed in moderation. Too much coffee can disturb the sleep cycle which directly correlates to increased depressive symptoms, increased inability to focus, and impaired learning. I believe that all of these outcomes are detrimental to learning and definitely make the college experience feel much worse than it should be. So here are tips and routine habits that I adhere to when I drink tea or coffee.
- Try to drink only 1 cup of coffee a day or none at all: I know that as college students we need 48 hours in a day to get all our homework, work shifts and classes. And even 48 hours isn’t even enough time. Even though caffeine is a great way to stay awake to finish all the homework and studying, your body will eventually build up tolerance against caffeine. So if you need to study late one night but drink 2-3 cups of coffee a day, you can’t rely on that cup of coffee since your body already built up a high tolerance. So drink less coffee to keep your caffeine levels low.
- Drink a cup of green tea a day: green tea has so many health benefits for you. First of all, it has caffeine in it so if you drink it in the morning, it will definitely wake you up. In addition, green tea is known for increasing your metabolism which can help combat the Freshmen 15. Plus, there are virtually no calories in green tea which makes it the healthier option
- Get enough sleep: rather than drink coffee, it is healthier and more effective to get enough sleep. You will be more focused, feel happier, and learn more efficiently. In addition, a person can only drink so much coffee before they collapse. It is important to take care of your body and give it the rest that it deserves.
- Add little to no sugar: many coffee stores tend to add refined or artificial sugar to their coffee. However refined sugar is not healthy to the human body. They are full of empty calories and they do not add any nutritional benefits. If you want to add a little bit of sweetness, consider adding some cinnamon.
- Drink coffee black: coffee itself does not have many calories. Most of the calories comes from the added milk and sugar. If you can not stand black coffee, try using milk alternatives such as almond milk, soy milk, and coconut milk. Most Starbucks across the country have these alternatives, so it is worth trying.
Those are all the tips that I have. I just want to make a disclaimer that I do drink coffee and tea, and I definitely use both of them to stay up late to study. However, I put emphasis on good sleeping habits and taking care of my body. Even though I drink coffee on a daily, I try to drink very little such that one cup of coffee can last me 2-3 days.
So happy coffee drinking and good luck on any remaining exams!
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