KFB Health Talk: Why coffee makes some sleep, keeps others awake

Whoop, the KFB Health Talk is back (for Good).
For the Newbies,  KFB ‘Know Your Health’ is a weekly column (Tuesdays) where we discuss health issues. Staying healthy is the key to living well.
Finding out how healthy you are is the first step to getting healthier and that’s basically what we shall be handling here…make some noise people!
The issue on ground for today is ‘why Coffee makes some sleep yet keeps others awake’… 🙂

What do you do when you have a board presentation due in the morning
and by the night before, you are yet to begin preparations for the
project? Or as a student, you have an exam and you are yet to cover
grounds in studying? How about what you would do if you had to attend to
pressing matters after a night of poor sleep? For most people, a
wake-me-up is the immediate line of action and the beverage of choice is

It is generally believed that a cup of coffee is a miracle mug of
liquid energy. All that in needed is a cup or more, and there is
immediate spike in alertness. The ingredient that does the trick is
caffeine. Caffeine is considered a drug that stimulates the central
nervous system and increases energy and alertness. There have also been
reported cases of some people receiving a temporary boost in mood. While
for some, the desired effect of a burst of energy is achieved, for
others, drinking coffee either has no effect on them or might as well be
a sedative as it makes them sleep off.
Caffeine works by blocking sleep-inducing chemicals in the brain and
increasing adrenaline production. This temporarily makes the consumer
feel more alert. After ingesting caffeine (most times in the form of
coffee and sometimes in the form of cocoa, some soft drinks and certain
drugs), it is absorbed from the gastrointestinal tract into the
bloodstream and reaches its peak level in the blood within one hour and
stays there for four to six hours. It diffuses throughout the entire
body, passing all biological membranes, including the blood–brain
barrier and the placental barrier. This is why pregnant women are
cautioned to avoid it as it can induce foetal malformation by affecting
the expression of genes that are vital in development.
Although caffeine should make people feel more alert, sometimes, it
may not have the needed effect and this is dependent on certain factors.
According to Dr. Irene Bassey, a medical  practitioner,“caffeine is
mostly found in coffee but sometimes it is added to other beverages and
food products in small quantities to improve flavour and taste. Caffeine
affects people differently. The difference varies based on their body
size, their sex, and how sensitive they are to caffeine’s effects. There
are genetic variations that can affect an individual’s level of
sensitivity to caffeine.
“The fact is that though caffeine would keep you temporarily awake,
when the effect wears off, you would experience a “coffee crash” and
feel even sleepier. So, if you are planning on staying alert for long,
you should actually stay away from caffeine. When you notice that
drinking moderate cups of coffee doesn’t keep you alert, you shouldn’t
overdose on it. Too much caffeine is not good for the body and can cause
anxiety, headaches, nervousness and tremours. It can also lead to
addiction. Four to seven cups of coffee a day is too much.”
Even in moderate portions, coffee may not be completely beneficial to
the body. A report in the July-August 2002 issue of Psychosomatic
Medicine pointed out that the more cups of coffee one takes throughout
the day, the more experiences of fluctuations in energy and alertness,
which can lead to chronic adrenal exhaustion. Besides temporary
alertness, it has also been discovered to cause uneven heart rhythm,
raise blood pressure and dehydrate the body owing to its diuretic
properties. Researchers at the Department of Physiology and
Biochemistry, University of Ilorin, Kwara State, in a study on the
“Effect of caffeine on the risk of coronary heart disease — A
re-evaluation” published in the Indian Journal of Clinical Biochemistry,
add that caffeine predisposes consumers of caffeine-containing
beverages to coronary heart disease.
The United States of America’s Food and Drug Agency also cautioned
on the continued use of coffee that contains caffeine because of its
addictive abilities. The agency stated that when people use caffeine
every day, their bodies get used to it, and they don’t get the “good
effects” of feeling more awake and able to concentrate unless they use
more of it. This situation is called “tolerance.” If a person gets
withdrawal symptoms when they suddenly stop using caffeine, then the
person has a physical dependence (addiction) on caffeine.
Withdrawal symptoms include severe headaches, muscle aches, temporary
feelings of depression, and irritability. Ironically, when people
experience these symptoms, they often just take in more caffeine to make
them go away and the cycle continues. Like every other form of
substance addiction, it might require some form of intervention to break
the cycle.
Whether coffee works for you or not, Dr. Bassey suggests that it is
better to look for alternative means, which are healthy and have no side
effects, to keep yourself alert. “Mild exercises or physical activity
is one good way to get the heart pumping and keep one alert. You don’t
want to exert yourself too much while exercising because that would also
tire you out and make you sleep even better. A stroll, skipping or
going up and down a flight of stairs can work. Also, doing things that
stimulate the mind and brain can keep you alert. It could be a game or
puzzle. It has to be something you enjoy so that boredom won’t also make
you sleep off. Water and non-caffeinated teas are equally good
beverages you can drink; these would not dehydrate you like coffee does,
culled from Tribune Neewspaper


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New facts emerge on Muna Obiekwe’s death :(

A new report detailing how Muna Obiekwe actually died has surfaced online.

In a chat with ICampus, actress Vera Kanu who was a mother figure to
the late actor, disclosed that he discovered his kidney problem a long
time ago but like most people, he thought he could manage it.

According to her, he ignored the pain and continued working without
paying much attention. He only took his drugs and medication once in a
while as ‘Muna never believed the ailment could lead to his death. He
believed he would survive it like he did the gunshot and death of his
parents. He was not a man given to worrying about things. He believed it
was not a coincidence his parents named him Munachimso, a name which
means God is walking with me.’


Ini Edo is concerned about Muna Obiekwe’s wife and kids :( you didn't know, the late Muna Obiekwe had a wife and kids...and Ini Edo is more concerned about them than anything else right now.
Read her message below:

lord I am heartbroken to say the least. I know we ain't suppose to
question God, I just can't help dis one ..... His little kids n young
wife...where do they go from here? rip muna obekwe ,u were a good happy
jolly good fellow . Worked with u on several projects n I sincerely
can't remember u having issues with anyone . U will be missed. I can't
still believe dis.

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