Caffeine. It gives us that extra perk when needed. It keeps us going when we think that is impossible. It bonds us over its intake. But advantages aside, too much caffeine can cause problems too.

Caffeine stimulates the central nervous system and perks us up, increasing our ability to concentrate and stay awake during important events. Moderate doses of caffeine – not more than two to four cups of brewed coffee each day – will do just the job.

But any more than that, regular heavy intakes can have undesirable side effects. For one, the does might work just too well and you would end up having insomnia, being restless, and experience fast heartbeat and muscle tremors. Some would even have an upset stomach.

For those more sensitive to caffeine or one who hasn't had caffeine for a long time, nervousness and irritability is a problem as well. So if you have to consume some caffeine after a long period of abstinence, be careful to take it slow.

If you experience slight insomnia after having caffeine, stop your intake immediately. You don't want to risk sleeping late, and take more caffeine to stay up when you experience a lack of rest. It may result in a unhealthy vicious cycle of having caffeine, suffering its effects, having caffeine again… and so on.

Also, some medications, such as certain antibiotics and Theophylline, should not be taken along with caffeine. Caffeine, be it from coffee, Coca Cola and others, is part and parcel of almost every working adult's life. However, be conscious of your intake and watch out for the conditions mentioned above.

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