5 Reasons to Quit Being A Caf-fiend… Other | Monday 15th February 2016 | Sam coffee Health caffeine EnergyDrinks Caffeine is the driving force behind many lives, however, like all good things in life, there are many undesired side-effects. Below are 5 reasons for you to try and cut-down or quit caffeine: 1. Decreased Anxiety - A common side-effect, found in many people after intaking caffeine is the increase in anxiety levels. This is due to the way in which caffeine reacts with your adrenal glands. There is also the common side-effect of jittery hands; in some people, shaky hands can even become debilitating. Quitting caffeine can make you feel less nervous! 2. Healthier Teeth - It’s no secret that coffee and tea stain teeth. And of course, sweet or acidic energy drinks erode tooth enamel; this can cause tooth decay. Tooth decay can cause all kinds of diseases in the mouth, which are not very fun to deal with… and of course decay isn’t very aesthetically pleasing. Quitting caffeinated drinks could result in a healthier smile! 3. Saving the Planet - Caffeinated drinks often come in plastic bottles, aluminium cans or in some kind of throw-away cup. Much of these are thrown into bins, making their way to landfill sites where they can take up to 1000 years to decompose. In certain cases in America, caffeine has been found in municipal water supplies due to the discarded coffee grounds. Quitting caffeine can (somewhat) help to save the environment! 4. Becoming More Approachable - It’s no secret that caffeine can alter a person’s mood. There’s a running joke about ‘not being able to function without a coffee in the morning’ or ‘being grumpy without a coffee in the morning’; the reliance on caffeine to wake you up in the morning is rather alarming. Coffee drinkers may start to feel lethargic in the afternoon due to the caffeine wearing off… although it may not be easy at first, quitting caffeine can help to even out the ups and downs. Quitting caffeine may mean people might not be so scared of you in the morning! 5. Better Sleep Everyone knows that caffeine keeps you awake. Quitting caffeine can lead to a much better quality of sleep. If you were to drink a coffee in the evening for example, the ‘half-life’ of caffeine is generally 4-6 hours, meaning it takes between 4 and 6 hours to wear off, which often leaves the person wide-awake well past midnight. Quitting caffeine can help you have a good night’s sleep!