Have you ever felt a sense of nervousness after drinking coffee?
You may have experienced what is called “coffee jitters.” This feeling often lasts for only a few minutes and it can make you feel uncomfortable, uneasy or even shaky.
Here are some answers to the questions of why coffee can cause your body to react in this way, what the negative effects might be and how to reduce their impact.
Why does coffee make you shake?
Our body’s nervous system is constantly sending information and signals to our brain that tells us when we are being stressed or threatened. This includes a feeling of stress after eating, alcohol consumption or caffeine intake.
When you drink coffee, it contains caffeine – the substance that gives you a “jolt” of energy. Caffeine causes our nerves to release this “fight or flight” response in a consistent but constant manner.
The result is that a person experiences a feeling of anxiety, which leads to tension and jitters. This tremor and muscle spasms are sometimes accompanied by vibratory sensations in the chest and abdomen.
What if I drink coffee everyday?
Even if you drink coffee regularly, you can experience these symptoms. Symptoms are more severe in those who do not consume caffeine on a daily basis, and for those who have consumed large amounts of caffeine at once.
It is important that you consume your coffee slowly, rather than drinking a large amount all at once. If you experience shaking, try to avoid caffeine for several days and then reduce the amount that you take in.
What are the potential negative effects of coffee jitters
Research shows that when you take in caffeine in large quantities, it can reduce your alertness and concentration. Caffeine can increase anxiety levels and make you more irritable.
The way you drink your coffee can also have an impact on your specific reactions to caffeine.
Caffeine can also cause heart palpitations, irregular heartbeat and even increased blood pressure.
Some people report dry mouth, dizziness, headaches and sleep problems when they consume caffeine.
In addition to these symptoms, a person may have the jitters after drinking coffee or other caffeinated drinks like soda or energy drinks.
If you drink large amounts of coffee or if you experience the shakes for several days, then you should consult a doctor.
How to Get Rid of Coffee Jitters
Wait for the caffeine to wear off
Coffee jitteriness will reduce with time after you had coffee. Within several hours after you had coffee, your coffee jitteriness will reduce. So you should just wait it out.
Take a nap
Taking a nap can help stop coffee jitters. You can sleep through your coffee jitteriness. A 20-minute power nap can create the same level of alertness as a cup of coffee in most people.
Try to calm yourself down
Try to relax and calm yourself down. It can be helpful because the caffeine you had a few minutes ago will still be present in your body and it will still cause the anxiety to you.
Burn off some energy
Being active can burn off the caffeine in your body and can stop coffee jitters. You should drink coffee before doing some activity, like going to gym or run around the block to help you get rid of coffee jitters.
Drinking lots of water throughout the day can help you reduce coffee jitters, especially if you have increased your caffeine intake. Drinking coffee can make you dehydrated, so be sure to take in extra water whenever possible.
Accept and acknowledge your feelings
One thing that makes your anxiety worse is trying to suppress it. Telling yourself to calm down will just make you feel like you have something to hide, and this might cause more anxiety.
Preventing Coffee Jitters In The Future
If coffee is not a must have drink for you, then you can try some substitutes for coffee such as tea or hot cocoa.
Coffee can contribute to an increased autonomic arousal, which can make you more anxious. But tea has less caffeine than coffee and also contains L-theanine, which reduces the physical effects of anxiety.
Drink coffee with milk
Milk contains tryptophan that can reduce anxiety. Having milk in your coffee will help stop the jitter because it will lower the effects of caffeine and it will also reduce anxiety.
Eat something before drinking coffee
Eating protein before drinking coffee can help stop coffee jitters. Adding protein into your diet, especially if you are not having any meat at that time, will help stop the anxiety caused by caffeine. Meat also has amino acids that can reduce anxiety.
Enjoy your coffee
Enjoying your coffee and having fun while drinking it can help you get rid of the jitters that came from having caffeine. Having enjoyable moments with friends or loved ones will create a positive interaction that can make you less worried about the buzziness (coffee jitters).
Drink coffee later in the day
The best time for you to drink coffee is any time except when you are already nervous or anxious. If you drink coffee in the morning, then the caffeine of your coffee will be mixed with anxiety and stress that you have. But if you drink coffee later in the day, then the caffeine of your coffee can help reduce your anxiety.
Drink less coffee
If you have a heavy caffeine intake, then you can start reducing it to lower the effects of the anxiety. However, if you are having extreme anxiety and recommend that you cut out all caffeine completely, then this might not be something that will help. You can try cutting back on your caffeine intake and see how you feel. That is what a lot of people do, and it seems to make a big difference for many people.
Drink decaf coffee
Coffee can have a lot of benefits. However, the caffeine in coffee can make you feel jittery if you have an anxiety disorder. So you might want to switch to decaf. Decaf coffee is just as delicious and it will not cause any jitters even if you are sensitive to caffeine.
Cut out the sugar
If you find that your coffee tastes too bitter because of the caffeine, then you can cut out the sugar altogether. By cutting out the added sugar, you can reduce the bitterness of your coffee and create a taste that is sweeter. If you are drinking your coffee black, then try adding some honey or sugar in it to make it less bitter.
It is important to recognize that coffee jitters are a normal reaction and that they are only uncomfortable for some people. There are many ways to minimize the effects of caffeine jitters. To prevent the effects of coffee jitters, it is important that you drink your coffee slowly and in moderation, eat protein before drinking coffee, exercise regularly and have enjoyable moments with your friends or loved ones.
I hope this article is helpful for managing and reducing your coffee jitters. I would love to hear about your tips and tricks on how you manage your coffee jitters for better sleep. If you have any other tips, please leave them in the comment section below.