The Truth About Writers’ Coffee Addiction

Have you ever wondered why writers tend to get addicted to coffee? So, here’s the truth about writers’ coffee addiction.

Coffee is a stimulant. For writers, who need some boost to keep their mind work albeit the pressure and time-limited writing work, it’s recommended to finish their scheduled task.

Writing itself is a hideous task. Especially if you’re a technical writer like me. I spend a lot of time reading resources to write one single 2,000-word article. That’s a lot of work, time consuming.

And the worst part is, I’m at my lowest point during the late afternoon and it’s too early to stop and take a rest.

So, I need stimulant to keep me alert and awake, given my lack of energy (due to my ongoing eating disorder). I know it’s not going to be healthy for me but I need to drink a lot of coffee to finish my tasks and do a great job at work. At least, in that sense, I could feel a sense of fulfillment.

If…I could.

I know a lot of writers becoming addicted to coffee. It started with a need. Then the pressure at work spikes up. Unfortunately, most of the time. That simple “need for a stimulant” becomes a daily habit until you become a slave to it.

Why Do Writers Need Coffee?

Coffee and writers are synonymous. You can’t detach a writer from his best friend, coffee. Whenever I go to Starbucks, I always fall in love with different mugs and tumblers displayed because of the industry it’s attached with.

Coffee shops, too, have become the writer’s hub. For whatever reason, the atmosphere induces the apt amount of stimulation in our brains, causing us to work fast and finish everything faster than working at home.

So, why?

Caffeine Inhibits Neurotransmitters

Healthline stated that caffeine aids in stimulating the central nervous system, resulting in becoming more alert than without any coffee consumption. This is because it stops adenosine, which is an inhibitory neurotransmitter responsible for making you feel sleepy.

Caffeine Boosts Blood Sugar Metabolism

In addition to that, coffee contains Chlorogenic Acids (CGAs) that’s boosting blood-sugar metabolism and high blood pressure. However, this is only good for a limited time.

The Truth About Writers Coffee Addiction — Conclusion

This is the reason why I couldn’t get enough with a mug of coffee. That’s at least 350 mL multiplied by 2. Voila! My daily consumption. I need to drink at least 2 mugs to keep me going until I finish my last article for the day.

Afterward, I have to regain my energy with some sleep (though I never have a full 8-hour sleep). So, when I wake up at 6 AM, I’ll have another mug of coffee again to start my day + another mug in the afternoon to finish my routine.

How about you?

As a writer, do you spend some minutes brewing your savory drip coffee and relax while you enjoy your cup of coffee? Or do you rather drink a mug of milk to keep your daily routine?



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