Some of our favorite athletes are just like us – they have their everyday caffeine regimenand love it.
But did you know that some athletes don’t just have it as part of their morning routine; they also use it to boost sports performance?
In fact, three-fourths of the world’s elite athletes take advantage of caffeine’s performance-enhancing properties.
But have athletes always been allowed to drink coffee and other products with caffeine in them, especially right before the sport?
If so, how much are they allowed to consume?
Balancing sleep, caffeine and alcohol can be like walking the high wire. The National Sleep Foundation calls caffeine and alcohol “sleep stealers.” But studies show they are beneficial in moderate amounts.
6:38 a.m. That hour comes all too early, especially if people were drinking the night before. It’s the time when the average American awakens after an average night of 7 hours and 36 minutes of sleep. And the first thing most people do in the morning is brew a pot of coffee.
Caffeine can boost athletic stamina and speed so much that the International Olympic Committee once limited how much of it Olympic athletes could take. Caffeine was categorized as a performance-enhancing substance.
The regular athlete might not be able to run a marathon in 2:02.57 like Dennis Kimetto, but maybe after an invigorating jolt of java you can one run just a little bit quicker and burn some fat in the process. Caffeine can improve performance by 1.5 to 3 percent, recent studies show. And the amount needed to give the boost is no more than that in an 8-ounce cup of coffee or an energy drink or two.