How Can Coffee Make You Tired?

Let’s be honest: If you don’t drink coffee, you’re kind of setting yourself up to be a social pariah. Where do you go on a first date? Coffee shop. Where do you meet with your friends to gossip about said first date? Possibly the same coffee shop. What do most people commiserate about in the morning? How much they need a cup of joe from their favorite coffee shop. You get the point, which is why it can throw some people off when they learn you’re not a big fan of coffee. For many people, it can increase feelings of stress and anxiety, and for others, it just doesn’t affect them at all. However, there are a few more people out there who claim coffee actually makes them more tired, and I’m one of them. 

Caffeine Can Lead to Drowsiness

How can this miracle elixir which so many people rely on every day possibly betray us? To start, it’s important to realize that coffee usually only works to mask the symptoms of fatigue temporarily rather than actually relieve your body from tiredness. The only way you can truly replenish your energy in a safe and healthy manner is by getting enough quality sleep every night; anything else is just an aid to help you get through the day. Consuming a cup of coffee will elevate your heart rate and blood pressure, but these will eventually dip back down to even lower levels than where you started. If this is how you typically feel after drinking coffee, you should take it as a warning sign that you’re simply not getting enough sleep. 

You should also keep in mind that once you get hooked on coffee, you may find yourself caught up in a cycle of needing more caffeine to stay awake as you begin to build up a tolerance. 

Banishing Fatigue Effectively

As I’ve been not so subtly hinting at throughout this article, the best thing you can do for yourself in order to keep your energy levels up naturally is to make getting quality sleep a priority in your life. Aim to always get 7-9 hours every night, no excuses. If you have trouble falling or staying asleep, consider investing in tools such as a white noise machine or a blackout curtain to keep your senses from becoming too stimulated to wind down at night. As you improve your sleep habits, you may find yourself relying on coffee less and less — and that can be a good thing. 

I finished first ! by Craig Sunter is licensed under CC BY 4.0

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