Why am I suddenly more sensitive to caffeine?
August 27, 2011 4:40 AM Subscribe
I have noticed over the last week that my sensitivity to caffeine seems to have dramatically increased. Normally, drinking coffee would have no major effects except making me slightly more awake / alert you would expect. But over the last fortnight, it seems that even drinking even a single cup of coffee has become quite unpleasant. 45 minutes later i will feel dramatically over-energised and find concentration difficult and drinking a cup of coffee after dinner at 7.30 will leave me unable to get to sleep until 1:30 or 2am. Is this a health issue? Is it likely that my body will adapt back over time (I do like the taste of coffee and would like to keep drinking it if possible) or should I switch to decaf coffee or a lower caffeinated drink like tea?
posted by Another Fine Product From The Nonsense Factory to Health & Fitness (18 answers total) 4 users marked this as a favorite
As its summer, i had certainly been drinking less coffee recently than usual - but I have never been a heavy coffee drinker anyway (generally i would drink at most two cups in a day) and I am struggling to understand why caffeine seems suddenly to be so unpleasant to me. I have been under stress in my academic life recently as well and wondered if either the heat of summer or the stress of work might be contributing to it, but the change is so dramatic that I am skeptical about my explanations. Is there a possible medical reason for this change? Is it something I should be seeing my GP about? I have not noticed any other health changes. YANMD I know, but any helpful advice / information appreciated