A coffee break is one of the reasons why we all survive at work. An unavoidable need which calms you down on a Monday morning, keeps you motivated on a Tuesday, guides you through a Wednesday, sets you up on a Thursday and makes sure you get through a Friday.
We love coffee. But do we actually know what a single cup of coffee does to our body?
Apparently, a lot. As fellow coffee lovers, we thought it is our moral responsibility to share a timeline of what all happens after you have a cup of coffee. Here it is.
After 10 minutes of your first sip
The caffeine enters your bloodstream causing a spike in your heart rate. This subsequently affects your blood pressure and you feel energetic.
After 20 minutes
Adenosine, which is a neurotransmitter controlling the sleep cycles of your body gets affected by the caffeine which entered your system. Caffeine produces a cancelling effect over Adenosine allowing brain’s stimulators, Dopamine and Glutamate to work. Hence, the urge to sleep reduces considerably.
After 40 minutes
Caffeine has now started to make your brain more sensitive to Serotonin. This is a neurotransmitter which regulates your mood. You start feeling better but for a short period of time. The same phenomenon is used in anti-depressants.
After 1 hour
By this mark, Caffeine stars increasing your dopamine levels. This leads to a reduction in anxiety, thus, giving you the feeling of contentment.
After 4 hours
By now, the rate at which your cells release energy have a rise. The body breaks down fats and by now, you’re in the zone of feeling tired. Why? Because the caffeine’s effect begins to diminish.
Also, another interesting thing to note is, caffeine doesn’t actually increase your energy levels, it just doesn’t let your brain realise that you’re tired.
Time to get rid of the caffeine from your system. By now, the effect is long gone and you feel the urge to urinate.
It’s not that bad. It’s just how the vital element of Coffee plays with your brain and makes you feel relaxed. Ultimately, everything boils down to the role of the neurotransmitters.
While some have claimed that addiction to caffeine is bad in the long run, it ain’t harmful as per most of the medical researchers.
So, the next time you sip that cup of coffee, you very well know how is it going to affect you.