Should You Drink Coffee During Exam?

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Most of us have used coffee for our late night studies. In my college hostel, where I didn’t have access to coffee, I used to keep Redbull, which is certainly worst.

While coffee boosts your performance and alertness in short term, it negatively affects the performance in the exam and your health. It’s worse for people who suffer from anxiety and nervousness, a common phenomenon during the exam.

Unsurprisingly, the science advises us to avoid coffee.

One note of advice to people who are extremely dependent on coffee for exams –  avoiding coffee is not the end of the world. There are several smart ways to stay alert. We will discuss a few over here.

The hidden sources of caffeine

Let’s first start with identifying the sources of coffee. If you think that just because you limit coffee, you have limited coffee intake, then you are mistaken.

Apart from coffee and tea, there are several hidden sources of caffeine, which contribute to breaching the daily recommended caffeine dosage.

Here are some common hidden sources of caffeine:

  • Protein Bars
  • Decaf Coffee
  • Non-cola Sodas
  • Ice-cream and Yoghurt
  • Candy Bars
  • Hot Chocolate
  • Fancy Water

What do the researchers say?

As per US National Library of Medicine and Mayo Clinic, consuming more than 400 mg of coffee i.e. 4 cups of brewed coffee, 10 cans of Cola or 2 “energy shots” drinks.

However, if you are experiencing anxiety, palpitations, nervousness, restlessness, fast heartbeat, and headache, conditions that are common amongst students during the exam, you may want to cut back on coffee.

Dr Brian Morton, the Chair of the Australian Medical Association Council of General Practice, says excess caffeine intake can decline a student’s academic performance.

“Serious cases include tremulous sensations, anxiety, heart palpitations and memory loss – all of which will interfere with the student’s studies,” the doctor said.

Further, research shows that caffeine disturbs sleep cycle, which helps in enhancing student’s performance.

Healthy alternative for Caffeine to keep you alert and productive

The easy availability and pervasiveness of caffeine in our culture have made us addicted to caffeine, although there are numerous tasty and healthy alternatives.

  • Water

Water is the most underrated refreshing drink. Most of the time while studying we face boredom because we sit at the same place. A glass of cool water maybe with a hint of mint and sugar is all that you need.

  • Green Tea

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Gree tea has less caffeine but enough to boost your concentration. Moreover, Green tea has numerous added benefits, as it’s source of powerful antioxidants and potent disease fighters.

You can also go organic Tea, which is healthy and refreshing. My personal favourite is Camomile Tea, which helps with sleep.

  • Nutty Smoothies 


Nutts are high in protein and fibre, and they are the healthiest of the snacks. Nutty smoothies will make feel refresh, energetic, and pumped-up.

  • Lemon Water

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Despite being the simplest of the lot, this traditional drink is an eternal refresher. Keep lemon drink with you while studying to get an instant jolt of energy.

In case you are addicted to Caffeine

What to do in case you are addicted to caffeine? Well, in that case, you can at least be intelligent about it. Distribute your four allowed cups of caffeine between morning and afternoon. Generally, it’s recommended to stop taking caffeine after 4 PM, but even in the worst case, avoid caffeine after 8 PM.

Distribute your four allowed cups of caffeine between morning and afternoon. Generally, it’s recommended to stop taking caffeine after 4 PM, but even in the worst case, avoid caffeine after 8 PM.

However, in any case, you should avoid energy drinks, which are a huge source of caffeine.

Take a different approach for your next exam. Stay decaf. Stay healthy. Good luck!

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