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December 15, 2009

What is better to do, sleep for one hour? Or drink caffeine?

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Samuel asked:


I have to take an exam at 8:00 am in the morning. It is currently soon to be 5 o clock. I've estimated about two more hours is sufficient, but I'm pondering on whether I should sleep that last hour or take in a RedBull.

What would be better, sleep? -cause then I would be in a sleepy state when I do the exam.
Or caffeine? -Would I like kill my health doing this?

OR BOTH!? Sleep + caffeine?

Other suggestions….
I'll pick an answer in two hours. ^^

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December 4, 2009

How to MLA cite a source with a question mark in title?

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tasha h asked:


I'm trying to cite a periodical source and the title of the article is, "Is Caffeine a Health Hazard?" How do I cite this?:

Best, Ben. Is Caffeine a Health Hazard?.
etc.

Do I use a period at the end?

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November 30, 2009

Caffeine related question?

jazzygirl15 asked:


Is there any type of sugar (processed or natural cane) that has caffeine in it? Does granulated sugar have caffeine added to it, or any natural caffeine? What about brown sugar?

Thanks for answering honestly!!

Bonus question (if you're interested):

Do you think caffeine will eventually be made an illegal drug in a few years, based on all the increased health risks caused by drinks like Monster, Rockstar, and Red Bull that have too much caffeine in them. I mean, the energy drinks business practically sprung up overnight, with the exception of Red Bull. If it becomes too common, people could possibly start dying from caffeine overdose, just like you could die from an overdose of any other addictive substance!

Also- if you DO think it might be made illegal eventually, do you think this might be a good thing? Or are you totally against it?

Any good answers are VERY appreciated!! :-) whitefleur:

good point on the alcohol thing. People drink caffeine on a daily basis a lot more than they drink alcohol or cigarettes. opular demand makes it unlikely for it to ever be banned. Thanks for answering my question!

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November 21, 2009

I drink 1 red bull and 2-3 cans of a diet caffeinated soft drink per day. Is this bad for my health?

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Adam asked:


My girlfriend will not stop giving me grief about how bad this is for me. I'm fit, I eat healthy, and I workout everyday. Is this caffeine consumption really going to be bad for me in the short or long term??

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November 20, 2009

Heart pressure and caffeine?

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Josh H asked:


So I'm a 28 year old male, in pretty good shape. In the last year I went to the doctor and told them about slight, occasional chest pressure I've had for about the last 10 years. She sent me to a Cardiologist who gave me an EKG and an ultra sound on my heart. Both he said came back in perfect health. Now I'm still worried because I want to know why I have this pressure, uncomfortable feeling in my left chest. Sometimes I feel it kind up into my shoulder. Last week I noticed a vien or nerve or something in my shoulder twitching in my shoulder and down my left arm. I notice the pressure and discomfort after drinking coffee or under pressure at work. I'm also wondering it's maybe the position I lay on my couch. Should I be worried? I drink an iced latte every morning. Should I quite? Shoud I go to another cardio for a second opinion?

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How can I do a "makeover" to my health habits and lifestyle? (Nutrition, fitness specialists help appreciated)

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Love Is Great asked:


What I mean, I do feel a little guilty about my bad dietary habits and some other things I'll mention. If you have any good suggestions and a good background about nutrition, fitness, and/or pyschology, please give me advice: (I'm a 22-year old male)

-My diet: I'm 6ft 1 tall, 78 kgs. Although my weight seems good to my height, but I'm guilty of eating a lot of fast food, chocolate, and soda drinks. I want to know what amounts & types of food should I concentrate on eating? Especially that I want to start working out, and gain abs. (Please notice that I avoid all alcoholic drinks and pork). And is it necessary to completely stop chocolate consumption? (I love this thing!)

-My fitness: I bought a home gym machine that has the following:
-Biceps and triceps exercises, legs , shoulder, chest and back. How often and long sholud I work out? And what is the best exercise for my stomach & gluteal region?

-My sleeping habits: I tend to sleep very late and wake up very late (I sleep at 7 am and wake up at 2-3 pm), which really affected my college life. Although I don’t drink large amounts of caffeine. I used to sleep at 1-2 am, but now I can’t, I think I ruined my biological clock. What things can I do to sleep at a reasonable time, and enjoy a good, deep sleep?
P.S: This started only lately, although I have nothing “psychological” that could cause it.

My mentality: How can I increase the power and pace of my memory? Especially the short-term one?

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November 19, 2009

What are the drug interactions between caffeine pills and sleeping pills?

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mariam asked:


The active ingredient in sleeping pills is diphenhydramine.

I have a friend who takes about 2-3 caffeine pills a day and drinks about 2-3 energy drinks (red bull mostly). She makes sure to take the caffeine pills at least four hours before the sleeping pills.

So in all, it's about 600-1000 mg of caffeine followed by 50-100mg diphenhydramine.

If she does this daily, will this eventually have an adverse affect on her health (not long term, more short term)?

I'm not really looking for "this is bad, tell her not to do it" advice, but actual pharmaceutical/medical knowledge on exactly what will happen.

Thanks!

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Energy drinks with caffeine and taurine. Are they bad for you?

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Dan L asked:


Lately, I've gotten in the habit of downing a Full Throttle, or Monster when I know I've got a big day ahead of me and need to be productive. After consuming this drink I really do feel great and ready to take on my tasks at hand.

Does anyone know if these are harmful to the health?

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November 16, 2009

Effects of Caffeine and Aspirin on Runners?

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thatgay asked:


So I've been doing some research and I've found taking caffeine and aspirin in combination has postive effects on speed/endurance on runners.

Caffeine helps increase the users energy if only for a few hours (long enough for a race).

When you take aspirin with it, it helps thin the blood so more caffeine can enter the blood stream as the blood is thinner making it easier to enter into.

Today I took 4 Vivarin (800mg caffeine) at 1 hour before practice and 2 Aspirin (650mg) at 1 hour :45 min ran.

Out of 3 miles, my first two were approx. 2 - 1.5 minutes faster than my average but on the 3rd mile I became extremely dizzy and fatigued and had to take a few minutes of rest. I then continued to run it but at a reduced pace as I was worried for my health.

What my questions are is what is the most efficient combination of dosages of these two drugs for a cross country runner?

How long before the run to do ingest?
Is it worth taking the Aspirin to make the caffeine more effective or is the thinning of the blood (does that cause dizziness?) not worth the effect that it gives?

It seems I have trouble breathing properly when I'm running at the increased pace that I'm not used to, do I need to learn how to breathe correctly or is my respiratory not developed (conditoned) enought to run at this speed?

(I probably will think of more questions in the future, there's so many variables please add anything you think would help.) Thanks.
Why do I seem to die on the 3rd mile when I'm under the effect of "Caf-spirin" and how do I stop this? Take less of the drug or condition more?

It seems I'm really fast for the first two but I'm dead by the 3rd, does the drug wear off when I'm running hard or what?

How can I make it last longer if so?
Would taking Ephedrine improve my running performance then? and if so what dosage as I heard it can be lethal.

I know it used to be avalable at 24mg but now only at 8mg per tablet, and much more expensive.

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November 10, 2009

why do I get tired when I begin to study?

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Shredded Humans asked:


Everytime I start studying, I will get tired within 5 minutes. (even if I find what I study interesting) The only time I'm able to study is by using coffee or caffeine pills. By using the stimulants I am able to focus and be more productive. Why does this happen and can it be done without stimulants? I have good health, but I think its psychological perhaps..

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