If you think caffeine is the answer to all your active needs, then think again.
A study revealed that drinking a lot of caffeine will certainly make you feel more alert. But there is one downside to it: your response times would be lower. That’s what you have to give up just for the sake of keeping up.
The researchers conducted their experiment on 80 college students (34 males and 46 women). They were given varying amounts of Red Bull, with the weaker formulation obtained by mixing them with Squirt, an energy drink. Half an hour after they took the drink, then were then made to play a “go/no go”computer game. They play it by pressing the forward slash key when a green target appears, but if a blue target comes up, they are to do nothing at all.
The observation revealed some interesting results. Although the participants who took caffeine drinks say that they feel very much alert and less fatigued, the results of the computer game showed that these people have a slower response rate than the others.
This shows just how risky it is to forcibly perk up our bodies. Sure, you might say that we need it because of work, but the study clearly shows that this might actually affect our work. Past experience had shown me its dangerous effect. The last time I drank Red Bull, my hands were shaking and I really get excitable. It’s just a good thing that I was only writing at that time. Had I been handling machinery or something, then I might just have an accident.
Now, if you really can’t avoid the bottle, then it’s best not to drink all of it. I tried it before and boy I was so happy that it worked. I did stay alert, and I was able to do my work without a glitch. That’s lesson learned for me. How about you?