Years ago I started as a new manager at a firm I’d been working with. I started having panic attacks all the time. My heart was irregular or racing. I felt terrible. Terrible that I wasn’t getting my head around my new role. That I was letting it get to me. I couldn’t sleep I was so stressed all the time. I rocked up to the local doctor. I was surprised with the advice.
Do you drink coffee? What type of coffee? Is it percolated? How many coffees a day do you have?
Yeah it sounds a bit dumb now cause I get the gist in hindsight but I was a bit bewildered with his questioning at the time. I’m having panic attacks. I’m struggling with my new role. I don’t know what to do and you’re asking me about the type of coffee I drink?! Sure though, I actually wouldn’t mind one now that I come to think of it.
“Lay off the coffee. Do these meditation classes, and come back and see me in a month”
Within a week I was a new person. I’d never heard of caffeine overdose but if you’re sensitive it can really mess you about.
I love being social so dreaded the journey to decaf. It’s a bit like drinking no alcohol beer. Looks the same but where’s the buzz? Gave it the flip for years. So as I am on a sabbatical presently I thought I’d remind myself why I bother with decaf coffee.
Health benefits of decaf coffee – based on science – Dan Simm 2022
Here are my 10 takeaways. I liked that it touched on some of the issues I’ve personally experienced.
- Improve sleep
- Lower anxiety
- Less acidic so better for people who suffer from heartburn or GERD
- Less of a stimulant so better for people with family history of heart problems
- Like regular coffee it may help type 2 diabetes
- Has antioxidants but slightly less than regular caffeine due to extraction process
- Your doctor may recommend it
- Water processing method is a chemical free way to remove the caffeine
- Can get rid of the jitters
- Can be better on your mood in the long run as gets rid of the need for caffeine