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That daily cup of coffee in the morning won’t hurt you, but remember: the boost you get from caffeine is temporary. It’s not the proper way to fight off fatigue. Drivers and workers with a caffeine dependency may not be able to function properly during working hours, as too much caffeine can be harmful to the human body. Abusing caffeine does not address the root cause of fatigue and can create other complications.

Learn the facts about caffeine abuse:
• Consuming more than 500 milligrams of caffeine a day can cause irritability, nervousness, anxiety, insomnia, ulcers, tremors, headaches, diarrhea and rapid heart rate
• Four 8 oz cups of coffee equals the safe daily amount of caffeine; the amount of caffeine in energy drinks varies by brand – read the label
• Combining coffee with other sources of caffeine, such as carbonated beverages, energy drinks, caffeine pills or supplements, diet pills or other drugs could cause serious illness
• Too much caffeine can create an unwanted cycle of chronically losing sleep, resulting in sleep deprivation

The only way to fight fatigue is to receive adequate sound sleep. Be sure to check the caffeine level in foods, beverages, dietary supplements and medications. Decrease consumption gradually in order to prevent withdrawal symptoms.

If you or your driver experience the need for an unreasonable amount of caffeine to feel awake or energized on the job, consult with a doctor as you may have a sleep disorder or other medical condition.

Sleep helps you think more clearly, have quicker reflexes and better focus; lack of sleep can put you at a greater risk for accidents.

For more tips on staying awake on the road, download the Safety Solutions card here.

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