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Signs You’re Drinking Too Much Coffee

It’s recommended to limit your coffee intake to 4 or 5 cups a day. Anything more than 400 milligrams a day could pose negative side effects on the body. But if you don’t keep track of how much you’ve been drinking, you might what to look out for these signs.


Unless you plan on pulling an all-nighter, avoid having coffee at night. The extra jolt of energy could cause you to stay up beyond your bedtime and develop a poor sleeping pattern. Limit your intake to the daytime when you need to get a lot done.

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Those who suffer from anxiety should refrain from drinking coffee, according to the National Institute of Mental Health. Having too much caffeine in your body could lead to a lack of sleep and trigger a flight or fight response which worsens the effects of anxiety. Stick to black coffee if you can’t cut back.

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Increased Heart Rate

Too much caffeine can increase heart rate due to its stimulatory effect. Not everyone gets palpitations though and depends on their tolerance. If you notice your heart racing after drinking large quantities of coffee or you start to get jittery, it’s time you reduce your intake.

Upset Stomach

About 30% of people take a dump right after drinking coffee. But if the laxative effect causes an upset stomach or irritable bowel movements, it’s time to cut back. Switch to less acidic coffee, like dark French roast or drink tea instead.

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The American Heart Association states that caffeine withdrawal kicks in 12-24 hours after your last consumption. Regular coffee drinkers usually experience moderate to severe headaches as a symptom of withdrawal if they skip their regular dose for a day.

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A cup of coffee in the morning is a great way to start the day. As long as you don’t develop an addiction or become dependent on the stimulant, caffeine is usually harmless.

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