Tea is unique because it can be consumed either hot or iced. Hot tea allows the stimulant effects to kick in during the initial part of the day and can keep you alert and focused. Iced teas, however, work best as a time-release energy boost instead of a meal. So the question before you is “What type of caffeine should I take?” Following is some exam help for nursing students to determine what type of caffeine they need to take to get ready for their nursing exams.
If you are taking coffee as your major form of study, you are in for a delicious surprise when it comes to caffeine consumption. Coffee contains about 400 mg of caffeine per cup, making it very expensive to consume on a regular basis. I recommend that you limit your coffee intake to a couple of cups during the day and use hot water instead. Caffeine rush hours generally peak between 2 PM and 4 PM, so if you are going to have coffee at these times, make sure that you have already consumed your pre-caffeinated beverages before then. Or you will feel very hungry and exhausted after your first cup.
Many of the major soft drinks contain high levels of caffeine. Therefore, if you drink any type of soda or other caffeinated beverages, you are risking a caffeine overdose the moment you wake up in the morning. It is not recommended that you drink any of these beverages when you are studying because they will interfere with your study habits. I recommend switching to diet coke or water rather than these heavily caffeinated beverages.
Another thing that many students find challenging is dealing with a caffeine rush the moment they wake up. The good news is that it generally does not cause any adverse side effects. The worst thing that can happen is that you will become slightly nervous, which will decrease your focus. Also, caffeine has the ability to keep you alert for longer periods of time. This means that you can finish your exam faster, but you are likely to feel more tired during the exam. So, as long as you keep your consumption of caffeine under control, you will be fine.
If you do experience a caffeine rush, the best way to counter it is to increase your pre-class and post-class consumption of water. The reason why this works is because your body is hydrated when you consume more water and therefore are less likely to feel the “caffeine crash”. Since you will not feel a “caffeine crash”, it will also prevent you from becoming too dehydrated during the exam. If you have trouble sleeping the night before an exam, drinking a warm glass of water before bedtime will also help.
If you consume a lot of caffeine based beverages, then another option is to take a natural sugar substitute. Many students feel that sugar substitutes are not as good as coffee or tea because of the added calories that are not needed. However, sugar substitutes are a great alternative if you cannot quit your current sugary beverage of choice. One way that you can determine whether or not the sugar substitute is as good as your current sugar consumption is to consume a small amount and decide for yourself if the sugar substitute passed the “taste test”.
The last type of caffeine that you should be aware of are dark chocolate. Some students mistakenly believe that this is an unhealthy choice for them because of the high level of caffeine. But, when taken in moderation, the caffeine can actually enhance your study experience by increasing your focus and energy levels. So, if you feel the urge to have a caffeine rush during the exam, consider either drinking a cup of tea or taking a natural sugar substitute.