IC Safety from Protective Insurance Company
October 2017 An exclusive publication for Protective's independent contractors
Driver with coffee
Caffeine doesn’t cure fatigue!
That daily cup of coffee in the morning won’t hurt you, but at what point does it become too much? It’s important to remember the boost you get from caffeine is temporary and not the proper way to fight off fatigue. Drivers and workers with a caffeine dependency should refrain from consuming large amounts in order to properly function 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.
Two 16-ounce cups of Starbucks coffee can put you over the recommended safe daily amount of caffeine.
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 chronic sleep loss, resulting in sleep deprivation.

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