One morning, he came home and he was very alert. I had never seen him so wide awake after a shift. Not only that, but he was very energetic. Quite hyper in fact. I asked him what was wrong. He looked at me with crazy, wide eyes and said with a smile, "I drank 3 Rockstars last night!" For someone that doesn't regularly drink caffeine, 3 rockstars really did a number on him. I began to notice really big dips in his sleep/wake cycles. He was doing whatever it took to stay awake, and then whatever it took to crash. And it was affecting his health. Then one morning I found these:
I think he pretty much says it all. Just like with anything we consume, there should be moderation. I recognize that cops and coffee are one of those stereotypes like cops and donuts are, but obviously there is a reason it becomes a habit and why cops come to depend on it so much. Are you addicted to caffeine? Do you need it to make it through a shift? Using Grossman's example, where do you fall on the spectrum? Do you have any helpful tips or alternatives that you don't mind sharing?