Saturday, a friend reminded me that daylight saving time would occur that night. I realized this meant I would be getting one less hour of sleep, and thought to myself, "I’m going to need an extra cup of coffee in the morning."

Saturday, a friend reminded me that daylight saving time would occur that night. I realized this meant I would be getting one less hour of sleep, and thought to myself, "I’m going to need an extra cup of coffee in the morning."


Which caused me to think about how dependent on caffeine I am.


Maybe it’s genetic — both of my parents are big coffee drinkers. While I was growing up they collected coffee mugs, and we even had a refrigerator magnet that said, "Give me the coffee, and nobody gets hurt!"


At the age of 8, I wanted to see what all the hype was about, so I asked for a sip of my mom’s coffee. I remember thinking it was the most bitter, disgusting beverage I had ever tasted. I wondered how anyone could enjoy coffee, much less form a dependence on it.


Well, 15 years later, I get it. Not only do I find coffee delicious, but I cannot start the day without a cup or two (well, I can start the day with no coffee, but it’s not pretty). And while I used to drink coffee occasionally because I like the taste, my enjoyment of coffee has evolved into full-blown dependence.


My coffee-drinking began in college, when I noticed that having a cup of coffee while I was studying helped me to focus better. Shortly thereafter, my best friend began working at Starbucks and was able to give me discounted drinks. The all-nighters and the availability of cheap coffee created the perfect storm.


I am definitely not alone in my coffee habit. According to a 2013 survey by the National Coffee Association, 83 percent of U.S. adults drink coffee. And so many people have become dependent on caffeine that the American Psychiatric Association recently named "caffeine withdrawal" as a mental disorder.


I would like to quit caffeine, but I dread the inevitable headaches and sluggishness that I will have to endure.


I guess the principal of "everything in moderation" can and should be applied to coffee. Enjoy it but don’t drink more than 37 cups in one day (the lethal dose of caffeine, depending on a person’s height and weight, tends to be 5,000 milligrams — or 37 eight-ounce cups of coffee).



Happy birthday Wednesday to Billy Beckett, Justin Ailshire, Jacob Olson, Don Harvey and Alyce Deffibaugh, all of Sherman; Nickolas Kreger, Jesse Palmore, Tewenia Lock, Barbara Clark and Roy Neighbors and his daughter, Shellee McLaren, all of Denison; Sam Patty of Pottsboro; Shaila Neal of Bells.


Happy anniversary Wednesday to Tom and Jan Hagy of Sherman, 48 years; Shane and Kelley Carroll of Pottsboro.