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If you're unsure if you've experienced it, you might be asking "what does a caffeine crash feel like?" Non-stop yawning and heavy eyelids at 2 pm? You’re probably experiencing the dreaded caffeine crash. The culprit: an intense amount of caffeine in the AM. Two cups of coffee in the morning can sometimes be followed by hitting a major wall once the afternoon hour hits. As we can see, there are pros and cons to caffeine.
You shouldn’t have to sacrifice your morning caffeine just to avoid a mid-day slump. That’s where we come in. We don’t mean to brag - but we know what we are doing. Let’s explore the dreaded caffeine crash and how a refreshing sip of Marquis can reinvent your afternoon energy!
Where Does Caffeine Come From?
Like most of us - caffeine may be your BFF, keeping you energized throughout the day. Different types of caffeine are regularly found in fruits, leaves, and beans of coffee, cacao, and guarana plants. You can find caffeine in beverages like coffee, tea, soda, and various energy drinks.
A daily dose of caffeine is a pretty normal ritual for most of us. Caffeine is the most used psychoactive drug in the world! Up to 90% of Americans regularly caffeinate through different methods, from coffee to energy drinks. The average person consumes about 135 mg of caffeine daily - with how much caffeine is in coffee, this comes out to about 1.5 cups!
But we all know, or at least, have an idea of what drinking a high amount of coffee can do to us. From caffeine withdrawal symptoms to a caffeine crash, if you're an avid coffee drinker, you know how it feels when you miss a cup. However, drinking a high amount of coffee comes with having a caffeine withdrawal headache until you taste a sip of coffee again.
What Is A Caffeine Crash?
So, what does a caffeine crash feel like and what is it exactly? A caffeine crash usually happens when you consume a moderate to high dose of caffeine after being tired. For example, a cup of coffee to wake you up for work at 6 am. The caffeine crash usually comes into play about 3 to 4 hours after your first dose of caffeine.
A caffeine crash can look a little like this: dozing off in the middle of the day, trouble focusing, feeling irritable, and overconsuming tiredness! For some, a caffeine crash can feel stronger, providing a hangover-like experience with nausea and headaches. Basically, the opposite effect you would want from your caffeine intake.
What Causes A Caffeine Crash?
Caffeine is a mild stimulant to the central nervous system that provides a boost of alertness and energy levels. Caffeine begins to bind itself to the adenosine receptors in your brain. This blocks adenosine (your usual signs of sleepiness), making you feel alert and awake, peaking in your blood anywhere from 15 minutes to 2 hours!
During this time, your brain won’t stop producing adenosine. No matter how long energy drinks last, when the caffeine wears off, adenosine will flood your brain’s receptors, making you feel extra exhausted!
The effects of caffeine will vary depending on the person. If you have a caffeine intolerance, you will be sensitive to the effects of a cup of coffee or an energy drink.
You may drink coffee or energy drinks more than you would like to admit, developing a “caffeine tolerance.” This can reduce its effect, making you need more to get the same energy boost. When you suddenly stop drinking caffeine, you can go through withdrawal! This can look at symptoms of headaches to nausea after cutting out the caffeine.
How to Get Caffeine without the Crash
This doesn’t mean you have to swear off caffeine altogether. There are ways to get your caffeine in a healthy and beneficial way. Here are the best ways to get caffeine without the crash:
Spread It Out
Refrain from taking your caffeine all at once. Early mornings can make it hard to limit it to one cup of tea or coffee, but spreading out your caffeine consumption can help you avoid a hard crash come mid-day. You can keep your morning cup of joe and once 1 pm hits, boost your energy with a can of Marquis.
Hydrate, Hydrate, Hydrate!
It can be easy to forget to drink water on your busiest days. You are probably dehydrated without even knowing it! Although caffeine won’t increase your risk of dehydration, it doesn’t replace your daily amount of water. The U.S. National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine determined that an adequate daily fluid intake to stay hydrated is:
- About 15.5 cups (3.7 liters) of fluids a day for men
- About 11.5 cups (2.7 liters) of fluids a day for women
Make sure you are getting enough water throughout the day to lessen the blow of a potential caffeine crash!
Not All Caffeine Is Created Equal
Some energy drinks are chock-full of sugar and stimulant ingredients that can wreak havoc on your body, causing jitters, restlessness, and major sugar crashes. Plant-based caffeine can change the game for energy! This can be especially beneficial if you have caffeine sensitivity but need a caffeinated beverage to stay awake.
A can of Marquis uses a unique blend of sustainable caffeine: yerba mate, green coffee, and green tea. Marquis delivers an easy and balanced lift without the jitters and sleepless nights, but this doesn’t sacrifice the caffeine content. We blend together a powerful and healthy mixture of caffeine
- Yerba Mate caffeine
- Green Tea caffeine
- Green Coffee caffeine
By blending the above ingredients, a can of Marquis contains approximately 100 milligrams of organic caffeine (an average cup of coffee has about 95 milligrams of caffeine.) Each caffeine source provides energy and nutrition. Our fruit-forward refreshment delivers vitamins, antioxidants, and vitality!
Plus, Marquis has zero sugar but is still sweet. We create natural sweetness by adding Stevia to our formula. Rebiana A 98% (a high-quality strain of stevia) so you don’t have to sacrifice the taste.
Marquis is anti-crash, providing a smooth and long-lasting lift - talk about plant power! We recommend reaching for a can of Marquis to get caffeine guilt-free. Perfect for your mid-day slump or as an extra boost in your cocktail.