March 16, 2019

Caffeine can be useful in leadership situations.

Studies show that consuming caffeine can help with mental clarity and processes.  Caffeine is classified as a nootropic (think ‘smart’ supplement). Can this be useful in leadership situations?  You bet! If you are required to be mentally alert and thinking straight caffeine can help.

Remember there “too much of a good thing”. There can be side effects of caffeine and you can also experience withdrawal symptoms.  Consuming large amounts can produce the following symptoms:

  • Migraine headache
  • Insomnia
  • Nervousness
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Frequent urination or inability to control urination
  • Upset stomach
  • Fast heartbeat
  • Muscle tremors

The recommended daily consumption of caffeine (according to the Mayo Clinic) is 400 mg of caffeine a day for healthy adults.  Most cold brews range from 100 to 250 mg per serving you can could consume 2-4 glasses a day. If you are not used to drinking caffeine, even consuming small amounts can make you feel jittery.

Part of leadership is self-awareness, it is up to you know your body and your limits.  Consuming caffeine is a choice and it is up to you on how much and how often.