Why Coffee Can Trigger Anxiety?

Sebisa Bisnis Jogja - It is common knowledge that drinking excessive coffee can cause anxiety. Psychologist Susan Bowling also says that the caffeine in coffee can worsen symptoms of anxiety sufferers . This is because caffeine is a powerful stimulant naturally found in coffee beans that triggers anxiety by speeding up bodily functions.

Can caffeine trigger anxiety ?

The natural effects of caffeine stimulate a number of sensations, such as the heart beating faster, the body heats up, the respiratory rate increases. All of these things are similar to symptoms of anxiety. "Psychologically, it's hard for your mind to recognize that it's not anxiety because it feels the same," says Bowling. According to the National Library of Medicine, common signs of caffeine-induced anxiety include:

  • Anxiety 
  • flustered 
  • Headache 
  • Sweating 
  • Insomnia.

More than 400 milligrams of caffeine per day (about four to five cups of coffee) can increase the chances of anxiety and panic attacks in people who are sensitive to it. However, the effect of caffeine on each person is different. "There are people who do not experience any symptoms when drinking caffeine. But there are also those who are very sensitive to caffeine," said Bowling. According to a 2019 study in the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition, people who are sensitive to the effects of caffeine may metabolize it more slowly than others. 

This causes caffeine to last longer in the body. If you are prone to feeling anxious after drinking coffee, this can become a vicious cycle. People who experience anxiety usually can't sleep at night. Then they drink coffee to increase energy in the morning. Then at night, they couldn't go back to sleep. Such a cycle will continue to repeat itself and become a vicious circle.

Tips to reduce caffeine consumption

Some people may want to gradually reduce or limit caffeine consumption to help avoid caffeine withdrawal symptoms. Common symptoms of caffeine withdrawal include headaches, fatigue, difficulty concentrating, and irritability. According to a Journal of Caffeine Research review, slowly cutting back on caffeine by lowering the dose can help reduce these symptoms.

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Editor  : Tomi Prabowo


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