Can disrupt Sleep: I’m a divil for reaching for a cup of coffee in the afternoon, which research shows we should not be doing if we want to get a good night’s sleep. It is recommended that you stop drinking coffee 8 hours before your bedtime. Also, caffeine is not an alternative to good quality sleep, so don’t neglect getting a good night of quality shut eye.
Can Cause Anxiety: Sadly many people today suffer from anxiety and caffeine may actually make it worse. Too much caffeine can cause jitteriness, heart palpitations and can even worsen panic attacks, and as everyone’s sensitivity to caffeine is different, it may be useful to cut down on coffee if you are experiencing any of these side effects.
Too Much Can be Harmful to Unborn Babies: Too much caffeine can cause harm to unborn babies, so while an average person should drink no more than 400mg of caffeine a day (around 4 cups of instant coffee) a pregnant woman should have no more than 200mg a day, with many people considering it safer to just avoid caffeinated drinks during pregnancy. High levels of caffeine during pregnancy can lead to low birth weights and increase the chances of health problems in later life and can sadly increase the risk of miscarriage.
What We Add to Coffee Can Make it Less Beneficial: When I talk about coffee here I’m talking about no-fuss black coffee. Unfortunately, due to well known coffee shops and clever marketing ploys, we are often persuaded to buy a Venti Caramel Macchiato with extra syrup and whipped cream when really, to see the benefits of coffee we should be sticking to our Americanos. Some coffee drinks in popular coffee shops can contain north of 400 calories, due to all the added cream, sugar and syrups. Even if you make your own coffee at home or in the office, you’re not safe! If you were to have two coffees a day, with 2 teaspoons of sugar and a good bit of milk, you would be adding up to an extra 124 calories to your diet a day, which adds up to a whopping 45,260 calories a year! So aim to stick to black coffee or coffee with a small dash of milk.