Just like with anything you consume, you need to be smart about it. Hearing that coffee is good for you might sound like a free pass to pour another cup all day long. But, not so fast.
Because the caffeine in the rich brew is a stimulant, you want to use it wisely. Starting your day with several cups of joe can be great, but if you’re still drinking coffee at 4 pm there’s cause for concern.
Caffeine is a potent disrupter of your sleep cycle. Drinking a cup of coffee within 6 hours of going to bed may lead to a worse night’s sleep. (8)
When caffeine reduces your sleep quality, you will wake up fatigued, leading to more caffeine consumption to feel alert. This can lead to a cycle of poor sleep and more coffee. Over time, poor sleep quality is linked to adverse health consequences.
So, go ahead and drink your rich brew, but make sure you switch to decaf or just plain water by mid-afternoon at the latest.
Other potential side effects include feeling jittery, increased heart rate, anxiety, or feeling overstimulated. Everyone’s caffeine tolerance is different, so pay attention to how you feel.