Is Your Coffee Habit Making you Sleepy?
Do you find yourself getting drowsy after drinking coffee? If so, you are not alone. While caffeine typically provides an energy boost, too much of it can have the opposite affect.
Writer, Emily Laurence lays out three reasons why you can get tired from coffee and what to do about it.
- Developing Tolerance: If you regularly consume coffee, your body can develop a high tolerance to the caffeine making it harder to drink enough to keep you awake. You can also suffer from withdrawal through headaches if you go without coffee. Substituting your daily intake with decaf coffee, herbal tea, or golden milk can help reduce this dependency and, surprisingly, make you more alert.
- Substituting Coffee for Sleep: If you are sleep-deprived, coffee can only do so much to keep you awake. Your body will react to the need for sleep regardless of how many cups of joe you consume. If you find yourself nodding off in the afternoon, take a nap instead of heading to the coffee pot. You'll energize yourself in the long run.
- Afternoon or Evening Coffee Habit: If you have trouble falling asleep, track when you have your last cup of coffee for the day. The later you drink coffee in the day, the harder it can be to sleep well depending on how quickly your body metabolizes caffeine. Every body is different, so don't base your coffee habit on that of your friend or partner. Base it on what your own body is telling you.