“Dad what time did you just say we have to leave the house for work on Sunday”
“That’s so early it’s almost back into 2018”
Sorry we need to drive 40 miles so we can get to a briefing starting at 7.45.
“Dad I may have to join you in having a coffee that morning”
Yes I suspect my current Decaf diet will be scrapped at 6am Sunday. Son’s comments about Coffee made me smile. A couple of years back I came across some research that seemed to suggest that Coffee was starting to be used with some kids with ADHD.
Dopamine levels in the brain need to be within a very narrow parameter range for the brain to operate at optimum levels. A body of research exists that seems to support the theory that with ADHD Dopamine levels are too low and outside the optimal parameters. Stimulants like caffeine raise Dopamine levels. The argument is that stimulants can then be used to raise Dopamine levels in people with ADHD to optimal levels. This will have a positive impact on concentration and attention levels. So a cup of coffee might be a good idea for kids with ADHD (like our son)????
But too much caffeine may cause things like stomach trouble, raised heartbeat, sleep problems, irritability……. It’s an addictive psychoactive stimulant drug.
Then you factor in Autism. Little research exists on the effects of caffeine here. Does it help. Does it hinder.
When I spoke to the health professionals the advice ranged from ‘worth a go’ to ‘its a bad idea’.
I’m no medic so I will continue to play it safe. So early on Sunday double standards will be adopted. I will have a strong coffee whereas our Son will have a glass of orange juice.