Morning caffeine buzz

BBC News: Coffee ‘no boost in the morning’.

That morning latte or espresso may not be the pick-me-up people think it is, a study has revealed. University of Bristol researchers say the caffeine eases withdrawal symptoms which build up overnight, but does not make people more alert than normal. The work, presented to the British Nutrition Foundation conference, showed only people who have avoided coffee for a while will get a buzz from caffeine. But the British Coffee Association said regular drinkers did feel more alert.

The article says the morning jolt is just a perceived buzz bringing you up to normal levels of alertness. I’m sticking with my caffeine-free rooibos tea, but grapefruit juice first thing seems to have a wake-up effect on me.

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  1. I don’t like plain rooibus tea, but do a great range of flavoured rooibus (amongst other things). The creme caramel rooibus is wonderful; the tea is fine, reddish in colour and has small pieces of fudge in it which melt in when you brew it.

    I drink decaff tea through the day, but I do like a cup of regular Yorkshire first thing in the morning. Enough caffeine does make me buzz, and it certainly makes me more hyper (independent external observation, to wit, my friends commenting on it!)

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