Each person has their own way to relieve their stress. Some feel
that their minds are clearer after listening to music, going to the park, or
just drinking coffee.
Yes, some people think of coffee as an effective drink to deal
with stress. However, there are also those who say that drinking coffee when
stressed can actually make things worse. Which one is true?
After staying up all night, most people will be ready to consume a cup of coffee in the morning.
Some said that drinking coffee can increase concentration, alertness, and focus at work. However, will the effect be the same if you drink coffee when stressed?
Is it ok to drink coffee when stressed?
If you regularly drink coffee during stress, hoping that your
mood will improve afterwards, then you are wrong. That is, this habit can
actually make you even more stressed, you know!
When you experience a lot of pressure or stress, your body
produces cortisol (the stress hormone). Make no mistake; this cortisol hormone
actually functions as a regulator of blood sugar so that sugar can be processed
into an energy source. That way, your body becomes more powerful and focused
Unfortunately, the effect of drinking coffee when stressed is
only temporary. Christopher N. Ochner, PhD, an assistant lecturer at Icahn
School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, revealed that every stimulant has side
effects of anxiety, likewise caffeine.
The more you feel anxious, the more it cause you trouble in
sleeping. Instead of calming, lack of sleep just makes you more stressful.
This was also approved by Roberta Lee, MD, a chair of the
department of Integrative Medicine at Mount Sinai Beth Israel. The effect of
caffeine on coffee actually makes people more nervous. That is, drinking coffee
when stressed will only make you more restless and exhausted.
Tips for safe drinking coffee when under stress
Actually, you can just drink coffee when stressed. It’s just
that, pay attention to the dosage and make sure not to overdo it.
For those of you who are accustomed to drinking coffee when
stressed, follow these safe tips.
1. Don’t drink coffee mostly. Limit drinking coffee in a day,
which is a maximum of 4 cups every day. If you experience headaches or muscle
aches, reduce the portion.
2. Avoid drinking coffee at 2 o’clock in the afternoon. This is
so that the effect of coffee does not interfere with your hours of sleep at
3. Get enough rest. Make sure you get enough sleep at least 7-8
hours a day to avoid stress.