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What to Do if You’ve Had Too Much Coffee? Simple Ways to Feel Good Again

It feels like your heart is trying to jump out of your chest, your hands tremble, and you have rosy cheeks. Those symptoms can indicate high blood pressure, excessive excitement, stress, and caffeine overdose. Here are some tips on preventing it and what to do if the last cup was unnecessary.

How Much Caffeine is Too Much?

According to the FDA, 400 mg of caffeine daily is considered safe. That’s about four cups of coffee. Also, remember that it is the total caffeine that we are talking about. This 300 – 400 mg should include all daily caffeine intake, including tea, chocolate, cocoa, soft drinks and energy drinks. The genetic factor is often not included in calculating your safe caffeine intake. The threshold for how much caffeine is considered ‘too much’ can vary from person to person. Furthermore, people not used to caffeine may experience discomfort after consuming what is generally considered a moderate dose.
A deadly dose of coffee is 10 grams. And it is not a threat because a person can not drink that many cups. Ten grams of caffeine is about 100 servings of coffee, 200 ml, which should be drunk at one time.
Nevertheless, even an individual in good health can encounter adverse consequences from caffeine if not cautiously approached.
  • Downing your entire day’s worth of coffee in just a blink.
  • Drinking coffee on an empty stomach.
  • Pairing up a cup of coffee with an energy drink increases the amount of caffeine.
  • Turning to coffee for a pick-me-up after a night of zero sleep or during stress-city moments.

How to Know if You’ve Had Too Much Coffee

We have learned that it is critical to know how much caffeine you have in a single dose. The effect of a cup of coffee can be felt after 15-20 minutes. After about the same time, overdose symptoms will appear if you consume more than you can tolerate. The following signs are most often noted.
  • rapid heartbeat
  • headaches
  • nausea
  • sleep disruptions
Usually, these symptoms go away within an hour, but if the caffeine overdose is severe, they may be followed by other unpleasant consequences.
  • Difficulty Focusing.
  • Anxiety.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Shortness of breath.
  • Increased sweating.
  • elevated blood pressure.
  • Stomach pain and cramps, acid reflux.
  • Restlessness and Jitters.
An extra cup of coffee usually does not cause such a critical reaction. However, caffeine poisoning may require emergency medical attention.

Why Do I Get Unpleasant Symptoms if I Drink Too Much Coffee?

Caffeine is a stimulant that increases the activity within your brain and nervous system. Caffeine can refresh you, increase efficiency, and improve concentration when you take it in small doses. However, when overdosed, caffeine may lead to a danger to your health.

What to Do if You Have Had too Much Coffee and Feel Sick

If you have accidentally had too much coffee and feel over-caffeinated, try the following steps.
  • Drink plenty of water. It will help with the dehydration that caffeine can cause. Hydration can help dilute caffeine’s effects and alleviate some discomfort.
  • Drink decaffeinated herbal tea (such as chamomile, rooibos, and carcade).
  • Get out in the fresh air.
  • Eat fiber-rich food. If you feel hungry (especially if you drank coffee on an empty stomach), be sure to eat. Foods like whole-grain toast with a smear of nut butter or a handful of nuts and a banana can help stabilize your blood sugar levels and provide comfort.
  • Practice deep breathing or meditation. Take slow, deep, conscious breaths to bring your breathing back to normal and reduce anxiety.
If you don’t have any health problems, you will probably recover quickly after a caffeine overdose. While overindulging in coffee can leave you feeling jittery and unwell, don’t criticize yourself for it. Remember the feeling and, next time, refuse an extra cup of coffee.

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