Ask any college student what they drink to stay awake and you’re likely to hear either “favorite energy drink – it wakes me up instantly,” or “coffee - it tastes good and keeps me up,” or sometimes, “any caffeine-loaded drink I can find that will keep me awake long enough to finish this assignment.”
Being a college student, I can understand the need for caffeine, especially when working on a long paper the night before it’s due. Caffeine is an essential for early morning classes or a quick pick-me-up after a long night working on homework that was forgotten until the absolute last minute.
Tea is a cheaper, healthier and better source of caffeine for the body than coffee or energy drinks. For the same price as a Starbucks’ coffee, you can buy 20 tea bags and make tea to your heart’s content. The caffeine in tea compared to energy drinks gives you the same boost, but lets your body down easier.
Need a pick me up after a hard class? Black tea works wonders.
Tired and ready to go to bed, but can’t seem to relax? Or need to stay up a little bit more, but don’t want a lot of caffeine in your system? Green tea will perk you up for a little bit, then ease you down gently. Jasmine green in particular works if you are stressed.
Even if you don’t have a stove, you can still make tea. Just pop a mug of water in your microwave and heat to your desired temperature. I like to heat my tea up for a minute and twenty seconds, making it hot enough to allow the tea bag to soak easily, but not hot enough to make me wait a long time for it to cool down.
If you’re on a tight budget or don’t want to waste tea bags, you can make multiple cups of tea out of one tea bag: just leave the bag in the cup while you drink, pour water over it when done and reheat.
You don’t have to spend a lot of money for your caffeine fix, or hurt your body with powerful jolts of caffeine that make you crash later. Tea is the obvious choice for saving your health and your money.