With nearly half of Americans reporting they are unable get enough sleep, it is no surprise that 83% of adults consume caffeinated products daily. Their dominant source of caffeine for these users is coffee. However, some drinkers notice undesirable side-effects with their favorite morning drink. Why? Beauty Undercover reached out to Beverly Hills Concierge Doctor Ehsan Ali, MD, whose patients include Justin Bieber, Liam Hemsworth, and Rita Ora, for his thoughts.
Does coffee effect one’s mood? “Coffee is a stimulant, which typically elevates your mood, making you feel good,” shares Dr. Ali. “However, with some patients, overstimulation of the nervous system can cause a boost in adrenaline, leading to anxiety.”
Does a regular coffee habit affect sleep habits over time? “Regular caffeine users can develop tolerance over time, so though it might not immediately affect your sleep, you will find yourself needing more and more cups,” cautions Dr. Ali. However, he acknowledges that some patients remain sensitive to caffeine and regular use can cause insomnia.
Why does coffee make some people’s stomach hurt? “For the same reason it boosts adrenaline, coffee’s stimulant effect causes the stomach to contract and squeeze,” explains Dr. Ali. “In large amounts, this can cause stomach pain. Also, coffee increases the acidity in stomach, which can be painful for those with acid reflux.”
Is there a way to drink coffee that’s easier on the stomach? The good doctor has some strategies, “Drinking it very slowly – and with small sips – can make it easier on your stomach. Taking an antacid prior may also help.” He also offers some substitutes. “Tea, especially green tea, is much milder and less likely to cause stomach issues.” Matcha lovers, rejoice!