Is Caffeine Turning You into a Monster?
In a Shape.com poll of 755 readers, nearly half of you admitted to drinking more coffee than usual (up to two cups) when you need to stay alert, focused, and productive. And while the caffeine boost may seem to help combat stress at first, it may also push you to move too fast, which can ultimately sabotage your performance. “Unfortunately, any stimulant carries with it the side effect of anxiety, which obviously ruins your concentration,” said Christopher Ochner, PhD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, and Psychiatry at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, and Director of Research Training and Development at the Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center. “Caffeine in particular can make you jittery, nervous, and worrisome, which can occupy some of your thinking capacity.”
-Dr. Christopher Ochner, Assistant Professor, Pediatrics, Adolescent Medicine, Psychiatry, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, Director, Research Training and Development, Mount Sinai Adolescent Health Center