And it has a cumulative effect. UGH. And I wasn’t thinking about that.
In an effort to be healthy, I bought dark chocolate and have been eating a couple squares a night. I’ve been feeling worse and worse everyday. “What’s wrong with me?” I wondered, “Heart problems? Sick? What the HELL?!?”
Nope, dark chocolate. I had this same thing happen years ago when, in another attempt to be healthy, I drank green tea! Just three cups! One a day! By the third day I felt like I was a single mother of seven, with three jobs, who’d been run over by a truck. Being HORRIBLY, bone tired SUCKS.
I have reactive hypoglycemia and I already knew that stimulants have this effect on me, but I just wasn’t thinking about the caffeine in dark chocolate. I also can’t have herbal stimulants, even seemingly benign ones like ginseng. GR.
I’m not the only one caffeine has this effect on. Here’s what the internet has to say about other reasons that caffeine might make you sleeeeeeepy:
From Give Up Coffee:
Caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands to release adrenalin, the ‘flight or fight’ hormone that prepares the body to react to a threat. It increases your heart and breathing rates, dilates the pupils and increases blood flow to the muscles. Ideally this adrenalin release happens very occasionally during times of great physical stress. However, when we consume excessive amounts of caffeine we promote a sustained adrenalin response, which exhausts the adrenal glands. As a result, these glands are unable to produce even the small amounts of adrenalin required to help us maintain focus and concentration, which in turn creates feelings of physical fatigue and malaise.
A secondary effect of caffeine consumption that contributes to sleepiness is that it can dampen the sensitivity of insulin. This hormone is involved in detecting sugar in the bloodstream and ensuring its uptake for energy production. If insulin is not working properly, we have less sugar available for energy and will feel tired.
Finally, caffeine consumption – especially at night – can reduce the amount we get of slow-wave sleep, which we need to be properly rested and rejuvenated. A consistent lack of this deep sleep will definitely contribute to feelings of fatigue. Combine these three physical effects of caffeine on the body and you have a recipe for fatigue.
First, caffeine is a vasoconstictor (it shrinks your blood vessels) thereby, it increases your heart rate and blood pressure. This is why caffeine is so effective for treating headaches.
Second, caffeine is also a diuretic (it makes you pee).
Therefore, if you are already dehydrated, then the caffeine will not have enough blood volume to shrink down the vessels to increase your blood pressure, and the caffeine will increase your dehydration to make you more tired.
Tip: this is what I do. Drink at least 3 to 4- 8 ounce glasses of water before drinking one cup of coffee. You will run to the bathroom in 20 minutes, but you see that you will have more pep and energy and use the 3 to 4 rule with every cup. You will find that you need less coffee to give you more energy
I get all of this but the good work habits and the elation. No, I do not get a caffeine high and then a drop. I just get a drop.