Although it is great to get together with friends, family, etc. coffee shops are now seen as a social norm. What does this mean for college students? This is where the cycle begins, students would have to meet together for a group project, study groups or individual studying. With multiple assignments and studying to do, caffeine is your best friend, students will use it to stay up late to finished what needs to be done. At the moment there is now a correlation between a coffee shops – college students – sleep deprivation. Students drinking coffee during exam weeks can experience withdrawal symptoms such as headache, fatigue, and irritability afterwards when it is not necessary to consume as much caffeine whereas sleep deprivation reduces cognitive function and gives higher stress levels. Students rely on caffeine to keep awake while studying, and this prolongs their sleep insufficiency by “pulling all nighters”. However, caffeine is not a substitute for the vital functions that sleep provides. Sleep is important for learning since information in short-term memory is moved to long-term memory during sleep, lack of sleep also reduces metabolism and energy levels. Caffeine also decreases the quantity of sleep and REM sleep, “the effects might be modulated by individual differences in the expression of the gene coding for the adenosine A2A receptor” (caffeineandhealth.org) and this is the starting point of caffeine affecting our sleep cycle. Coffee can be a suitable social drink but it is not for the
CAFFEINE 6 body, it is easy to become too reliant on caffeinated drinks in lieu of practicing healthy habits such as sleeping and time management. What seems to have been thought as a harmless substance it is now deem as a destruction to the human body. It all starts from a plant and then to go the coffee houses, that is the continuously cycle of those consumers. Ethical Perspective Inquiry Caffeine although seems harmless in many ways and seen as beneficial, an article “Caffeine for the Sustainment of Mental Task Performance” by the Institution of Medicine can say otherwise. Many people can have control over their cravings and what they put in their bodies, caffeine dependency wouldn’t apply to these rules, “caffeine, which is a legal and acceptable substance in American society, is denied in the course of a military operation simply because of a logistical decision. In such situations heavy users are likely to undergo withdrawal symptoms and may put themselves and other war fighters at increased risk due to fatigue, sleepiness, loss of attentiveness, and other withdrawal symptoms” (US Medicine 2001). If soldiers are given directions to not drink such a substance, then what does that tell you?
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