TEMPO.CO, Jakarta - Coffee is an instant answer when feeling sleepy or lethargic. So it is not surprising that some people always have this caffeinated drink several times a day. Albeit it offers health benefits, high doses of caffeine may have dangerous side effects.
Having too much caffeine intake, as reported by Healthline, may increase the risk of anxiety, insomnia, digestive problems, muscle weakness, addiction, high blood pressure, fatigue, up to increased heartbeat.
Thus, experts declare that 400 milligrams a day or about three to five cups of coffee are considered safe for healthy adults. The question now is how much is too much coffee? The following is symptoms indicating coffee overdose as compiled from Pinkvilla:
Certain symptoms, such as headaches, increased heartbeat, and easily getting irritated, may be signs of drinking too much coffee. These are caused by high caffeine content.
- Sleep problems
Coffee greatly affects sleep patterns which can keep you awake for long hours as caffeine stays in the body for three to five hours.
Coffee is known as an energy-booster drink. However, excessive caffeine consumption will keep you from sleeping and you may feel more tired the next day. This condition can be a routine cycle for a long time.
- Stomach Ulcers
Coffee is generally acidic which may irritate the lining of the intestines thus causing nausea and even vomiting. So it can be concluded that experiencing acid reflux and heartburn throughout the day may indicate caffeine overdose.
- Stomach pain
Drinking too much coffee on an empty stomach will upset the stomach. Some people may also feel nausea accompanied by heartburn.
- Stress and excessive thirst
Consuming caffeinated drinks regularly for late-night works may cause more stress because its caffeine content can increase levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. Coffee also has a diuretic effect that makes you go to the bathroom more often which leads to thirst.