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9 Signs You're Drinking Too Much Coffee

Nine signs you're drinking too much coffee.

You wake up, feeling sluggish and barely roll yourself out of bed. It's way too early for your brain to function properly. Luckily, there's one magic potion that can perk you up and bring you back to life. A cup of coffee!

Extra large, please. Coffee really is magical it improves your mood, temporarily speeds up your metabolism, and at least where some time boosts your physical and mental performance. But you know what they say "too much of a good thing can be bad!" and coffee is no exception.

So, how can you know if you drink too much? Don't worry we've put together nine signs that you're
overdoing it as far as coffee consumption goes and what health risks this can bring about.

About 50% of all Americans admit that they're loyal coffee drinkers. According to statistics, the average coffee drinker has 3 cups a day.  Every single day approximately 30 million Americans order specialty drinks like lattes, cappuccinos, mochas, iced coffee, and so on. It's all fine and great if you know where to draw the line.

But unfortunately, many people have no idea how much is too much. It's not as easy as you think since each person has their own unique coffee tolerance. That is how much caffeine you can take in without experiencing any negative effects of overconsumption depends on your genes and personal
coffee drinking habits. In any case, even if the amount depends on the individual anybody can have too much caffeine in their system.

Here are 9 alarming signs that your body isn't dealing too well with all the coffee you give it each day.

#9 Insomnia.

Coffee is supposed to wake you up that is its job after all. But most people drink coffee so, that they
don't fall asleep at the most inappropriate time. Like during that super important meeting with your boss or that class with the strictest professor out there.

 However, too much coffee can make it impossible for you to fall asleep when you actually want to;
That is, at night! Not only does it increase the amount of time it takes you to fall asleep. It also decreases the duration and the quality of your sleep.

Coffee will have this sort of negative influence on your sleep pattern only if you consume a ton. If you drink just one or even three small cups of coffee a day, your sleep won't be impacted. But again
it depends on your genetics and caffeine tolerance.

#8 Anxiety.

Caffeine increases not only blood pressure and heart rate but also stress hormones like epinephrine and cortisol. That's why if you're sensitive to caffeine. Even a small cup of coffee can make you feel

On top of that, caffeine usually speeds up the central nervous system which explains that jittery jumpy sensation you get. Unfortunately, even if you decide to give up coffee for good, this coffee induced anxiety won't go away overnight.

In fact, it'll probably get worse because of caffeine withdrawal. You'll feel agitated and anxious because your body has already become physiologically as well as mentally dependent on the substance. That's why it doesn't take too kindly to being deprived of it.

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#7 Stomachache.

Coffee may result in stomach aches similar to the kind you get after eating food that's gone bad.
Researchers from Europe have figured out that coffee contains some compounds that stimulate the production of stomach acid. Some over-the-counter medicines can help alleviate the pain and neutralize this acid.

But this solution is rather a short term. If you feel that your stomach isn't getting any better and coffee is the cause, you probably need to consider changing your coffee-drinking habits.

#6 Bowel problems.

 Coffee affects your bowel in two extreme ways.

Your body's immediate reaction is to run to the bathroom. You can thank coffee's laxative properties for that. If you drink too much you even have increased chances of getting diarrhea. In the long-term, however, daily consumption of coffee dehydrates you.

 This, in turn, can lead to constipation. Whatever end of the spectrum you're on. If your bathroom troubles are having a negative impact on your quality of life, you might want to start gradually withdrawing from caffeine.

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#5 Racing heart.

The stimulatory effect caffeine has on your system can cause your heart to beat faster right after you have your cup of joe. But if you drink too much coffee this can also lead to atrial fibrillation or in other words an irregular or rapid heart rate. This condition can make you feel short of breath and weak. Not to mention it's downright terrifying when you feel the palpitations in your heart.

Luckily, this problem doesn't affect all people. Again a lot depends on your caffeine tolerance. Sometimes, even people who have heart problems can consume large doses of coffee and experience no negative effects.

In a 2016 controlled study, fifty-one patients with heart failure were given 100 milligrams of caffeine
every hour for 5 hours.  Surprisingly! their heart rhythm and heart rate remained unchanged.

In any case, if after drinking a cup of strong coffee, you don't like how it makes your heart feel, it may be a good idea to cut down on your caffeine consumption.

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#4 Headaches.

Caffeine actually shrinks the blood vessels in your brain which significantly slows down the blood flow there.

In fact, a 2009 study published in the scientific journal human brain mapping showed that two small cups of coffee can reduce blood flow in the brain by 27%. So, let's see what would happen if you decided to cut down on the amount of coffee you drink?

Your blood vessels are used to their coffee induced and narrowed State but when you start to give your system less coffee, those vessels will open up increasing the flow of oxygen-rich blood to your brain. And that's a good thing.

At the same time, this process will lead to a sudden change in blood pressure resulting in headaches. Their severity and duration will change depending on how fast your brain can adapt to the increased blood flow.

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#3 Tiredness.

Wait! what isn't the whole idea of coffee to make you not feel tired?

Yes, caffeine does help you to stay alert and bouncy. It does that by blocking receptors for adenosine, which is a neurotransmitter that makes you drowsy. But it is a double-edged sword you see.

First of all, the energizing effect coffee gives you usually lasts no more than 5 to 6 hours. So, if you want to stay bubbly all day you need to drink at least a couple of cups of coffee.

In other words, coffee is a natural stimulant but when that "high" wears off, you come crashing down and are left feeling groggy and exhausted. In one study, 213 people who drank coffee on a daily basis, had to avoid caffeine for 16 hours. All of them reported an ever-increasing feeling of fatigue.

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#2 Feeling depressed.

Any experienced coffee drinker will confirm that coffee elevates their mood. That's thanks to coffees ability to block adenosine. Remember, this increases your alertness and makes you feel better. Everything's fine until something prevents you from getting your usual dose.

When you're suddenly deprived of caffeine, your mood can plummet to the brink of depression. If missing out on one cup of coffee makes you feel down in the dumps, you might have a caffeine
an addiction that you should really consider kicking.

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#1 Irritability.

Regular coffee drinkers can be pretty cranky before they get their first cup in the morning. So are they all just naturally mean people? Of course not! The culprit is most likely caffeine. You already know that the energizing effect that coffee provides lasts for about six hours.

 So, unless you're getting up in the middle of the night for a fix, you'll probably feel the symptoms of withdrawal in the morning after a whole night without coffee. In some people, their attempts to wean off caffeinated drinks all just lead to moodiness and irritability.

 A study involving 94 adults, who were dependent on coffee found that 89% of them had tried several times to give up caffeine, all to no avail. With every attempt they made to kick their coffee addiction, they just ended up becoming angry and irritated.

What's your relationship with coffee? Have you ever tried to cut back on it? Share your experience in the comments below. And if you've realized that you have at least one sign of excessive coffee consumption, make yourself known and share this article with your friend.

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