For some people, half a cup feels like a full-blown panic attack!

If you’re one of these people, you’re burdened with the fact that, no matter how much you like it, drinking coffee is not conducive to feeling good.


Why does coffee make some people feel anxious?

How your body responds to caffeine is dependent on several factors, such as how much you drink, how sensitive you are, the time of day you drink your coffee and whether you take any medication.


Caffeine is a natural stimulant and can increase a person’s blood pressure and heart rate. In the central nervous system, lower doses of caffeine can improve motor activity and alertness, but consuming higher doses can produce symptoms of anxiety.


Coffee starts to affect your body almost instantly, and those effects peak within an hour. It can take about five hours for the caffeine in your body to leave your system.


This is why we often feel the caffeine ‘jitters’ fairly quickly after a cup of coffee and are aware of feeling like this for several hours after drinking it.


There are many similarities between the symptoms of anxiety and the symptoms of too much caffeine. Namely, a rapid heart rate and feelings of restlessness. Other symptoms of too much caffeine include nausea, dizziness and insomnia.


Related: On the flip side, Coffee Is Linked To Improve Gut Health…


How To Manage Coffee-Induced Anxiety

  • Eat balanced meals
  • Limit consumption of caffeine and alcohol
  • Exercise frequently – even a short walk can be helpful
  • Take deep breaths, inhale and exhale slowly
  • Learn how your coffee consumption affects your body by keeping a diary of how much, when, and the symptoms you experience
  • Consider your sleep quality and quantity
  • Speak with friends, family or a medical professional
  • Switch to decaf options completely or avoid caffeine after lunchtime


If drinking coffee triggers feelings of anxiety, it’s probably a good idea to cut it out, or at least cut down on your consumption. Swapping to decaf could be one option, or even a herbal tea if you need to quench your thirst for a hot drink.