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Why does caffeine make me sleepy instead of awake?

Why does caffeine make me sleepy instead of awake?

It shouldn't: Caffeine is a stimulant, so it alone should not make a person feel more sleepy. Often, there are other ingredients in a caffeinated drink, and many people eat snacks or meals while drinking caffeinated drinks. Maybe the other foods and ingredients are the cause of one's drowsiness. Occasionally, people have unusual reactions to drugs & compounds. Some experimentation can help figure things out. ...Read more

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Dr. Marsha Davis
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Taking caffeine after sex for not feeling sleepy is good or bad?

Taking caffeine after sex for not feeling sleepy is good or bad?

Taking the caffeien: will actually make it harder for you to fall asleep. Avoid it for several hours prior to retiring at night. ...Read more

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How to prevent daytime sleepiness without taking in too much caffeine?

How to prevent daytime sleepiness without taking in too much caffeine?

Light and Oxygen: If you feel you have more daytime sleepiness than you should given your work and sleep schedule see your doctor - sleep apnea and restless leg syndrome can disrupt sleep without you knowing it. General tips - try to keep to a regular schedule of light and dark (without that your circadian rhythms will be messed up and you'll have trouble waking up. Also regular exercise, but not too late. ...Read more

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I'm trying to avoid caffeine due to my anxiety but I'm falling asleep at work without coffee! Is it possible to be sleepy and anxious at same time?

I'm trying to avoid caffeine due to my anxiety but I'm falling asleep at work without coffee!  Is it possible to be sleepy and anxious at same time?

Sleepy and anxious: Yes, it is entirely possible to be sleepy and anxious at the same time. In fact, anxiety all by itself is draining and can cause fatigue. It may take a few days for your body to adjust to the lack of caffeine. So, be patient. ...Read more

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Does consuming caffeine for a period of time cause our body to become warm? Today my feet were very hot while walking and I felt sleepy during daytime

Does consuming caffeine for a period of time cause our body to become warm? Today my feet were very hot while walking and I felt sleepy during daytime

Caffeine: Consuming caffeinated beverages can have several potential outcomes. It really depends on how it affects you personally. A good piece of advice is not to drink caffeine and access. Others, due to unwanted side effects, should just avoid caffeine altogether. However, your symptoms sound a little bit strange and I recommend a thorough evaluation with physician when it is convenient for you. I wish you the best ...Read more

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I took an allergy pill and got sleepy. I drank caffeine to wake up and i just used chew tabacco. My heart had a pinching feeling and i'm shaking bad!?

I took an allergy pill and got sleepy. I drank caffeine to wake up and i just used chew tabacco. My heart had a pinching feeling and i'm shaking bad!?

Substance&med abuse : You shouldn't do what you just did. All of what you just took cause your heart to beat fast or even arrhythmia or irregular heart beats. If you see any signs of dizziness, light headedness, you should seek medical attention by going to the er immediately. Those are signs that your brain does not get perfused sufficiently due to arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Will fiorinal with codeine (aspirin butalbital caffeine and codeine) make me sleepy or hyper?

Usually sleepy: Fiorinal (aspirin butalbital and caffeine) is a sedative/barbiturate. Usually it makes people sleepy but 1-10% of people have the opposite reaction: wired, agitated, nervous. ...Read more

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I want to stop taking MPH drugs for my ADD because of side effects. Ideas how to deal with extreme drowsiness? Caffeine doesn't have any effect on me.

I want to stop taking MPH drugs for my ADD because of side effects. Ideas how to deal with extreme drowsiness? Caffeine doesn't have any effect on me.

ADD: See your doctor for other medication choices for your ADD. You should never stop medications abruptly without seeing your doctor first. ...Read more

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Can caffeine cause anexity?

Can caffeine cause anexity?

Hmmm...: What do you mean by anxiety? In my way of thinking, caffeine (espcially in normal amounts) as a drug does not have the pharmacological property of causing ANXIETY. However, EXCESS caffeine usage in an individual can, by a different number of ways (i.e. too much as in Energy drinks, withdrawal as in cutting back or sudden cold turkey) cause jitteriness, nervoussness, shakiness, etc. ...Read more

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