Why does coffee make me tired?

Coffee can indeed make you tired for many different reasons, but not the coffee itself. We will talk about the most common reasons and provide some advice on how not to get tired, drinking coffee. Coffee itself won’t make you tired, but the many factors linked to drinking coffee, will.

1. Adenosine and coffee

Adenosine is the neurotransmitter responsible for your tiredness after consuming coffee. When drinking coffee, the caffeine will block adenosine. When the effect of coffee wears off, adenosine is released and can give you a feeling of sleepiness and tiredness. It seems that the more you drink coffee, the worst the effect can be.

You will benefit more from drinking less coffee if you really want to stay awake. As drinking too much coffee can increases your tolerance for caffeine, you will need more and more to stay awake. Consequentially releasing more Adenosine in your body, making you feel more tired than ever.

2. Dehydration and diuretic effect

Coffee has diuretic properties, which means it will remove water from your body, in short, it will make you pee more. It is also a vasoconstrictor, which means it makes your veins narrower. As your body loses more water, the blood can get thicker. Because of the thicker consistency of your blood, it might be harder for the blood to travel through the body, resulting in less oxygen. Less oxygen for your body will more likely lead to tiredness.

Make sure you “monitor” the color of your urine. If it’s dark and smells bad, more likely you should drink more water.
Dehydration can cause higher blood pressure and a faster heartbeat. Make sure you drink enough water, preferably next to every cup of coffee.

3. Blood sugar spike and crash

Another factor that can contribute to tiredness when drinking coffee, is having your coffee with sugar. Your body will use the sugar faster than it will metabolize caffeine. That can leave you tired, as same as eating sugary foods. The spoon of sugar you add to your coffee is not its only source. Cream, syrup, sweetened milk, chocolate, and other sweet things, can also contribute to the sugar crash.

Some conclusive thoughts to help you not to get tired, drinking coffee:

  • – Don’t drink coffee in the evening or late afternoon
    – Make sure you always drink enough water
    – Try not to add sugar or syrup to your coffee, (use stevia or other natural sweeteners)
    – It’s better to drink less coffee, not to increase your caffeine resistance and adenosine releases
    – Keep track of other sources of caffeine such as sodas, energy drinks, black tea, etc.
    – If you think you might be highly addicted to coffee, it’s better to try to reduce your intake and replace it with other hot beverages, as you will need more coffee to keep you awake and get more tired after the effects are gone
    – Make your coffee yourself, so you can control the amount of coffee, sweetener, and other additives
  • – Buy better quality coffee if you can and grind it yourself.

We hope we gave you some good tips, to enjoy your delicious cup of coffee with moderation!

Robert Nichols

Robert is a full-time blogger, father of 1, and certified working and sharing fitness information. He also regularly contributes to wellnesscrave.com on the latest topics and trends in health & wellness. When he not writing she can be found running and doing intermittent fasting.

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