Does coffee make you more awake! It makes me sleepy

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United States
January 23, 2007 6:30pm CST
I thought Coffee was supposed to make you more awake and aware, everytime I drink coffee when i'm tired thinking it'll give me a burst of energy it does the opposite. Instead i feel more tired. My teacher said that for some people caffeine and sugar work towards your metabolism to balance it. Does anyone else have the same reaction to coffee or does it do the opposite?
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@TerryZ (22083)
• United States
24 Jan 07
I only have one cup of coffee in the morning and I make it pretty strong so I will get a nice jolt. But that is strange that you feel tired when you drink coffee. I never heard anyone say that before.
• United States
24 Jan 07
It's like that for my mother too. My psychology teacher said that it has that affect on him too, that for some people caffeine can do that because they metabolize caffeine quickly, rather than others who are a very slow metabolizer of caffeine.
@sechsey (1836)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
For some reason, coffee doesnt do anything to me. It doesn't make me feel sleepy or awake except when I drink it around 2am and it keeps me awake from then on. I always have a problem with that because my girls night out usually consists of coffee with friends after most of the night is over. When I get back home, I feel alert and awake. But when I drink coffee to try to keep myself awake especially at work or when i was studying, does nothing at all.
@babyhar (1335)
• Canada
25 Jan 07
I find caffeine tends to wake me up in the morning when it is truly needed. But I also know that.. Sometimes for some people that caffeine will have a reverse effect on one. It sounds like this may be happening to you.. I know personally that when I am extremely exhausted & need a boost that I find coffee truly does help me out in the long run.. I know that if I wasn't to have coffee some days that I wouldn't be able to function properly. I know that I'd be a zombie especially if I have to go somewhere. Like a specific appointment that may be important. But I personally don't drink coffee on a regularly appointment. Only if I need a boost or if I have somewhere to go that is important & I need to be really awake for wherever I may be going.. I know that my other half has coffee every morning before work. Because if he wasn't he would be a zombie walking around as well. I find that he doesn't sleep much on week days & the coffee really helps him to not only stay awake, but it also helps prevent him from falling back to sleep. Do you drink decaffeinated coffee?! If you don't it may be just because.. The caffeine is leaving you quite fast & then you end up crashing or just getting sleepy. I know my girlfriend is like this sometimes.. She used to drink coffee & instead of being more awake for her shift.. She'd end up being more tired for some reason.. I think everyone is different & has different reactions to certain things.. In conclusion I know that coffee really does help make me a lot more awake sometimes in the mornings.. Other times I know that for some.. The withdrawal symptoms sometimes can sometimes be a sudden fatigue or even one becoming extremely thirsty. I wouldn't let it bother you as each person reacts differently to some things.. And sometimes coffee isn't a good thing for one to have anyways.. So I guess in a way it's a positive thing for you in the end! I guess it all depends upon how one may look at things.. Thanks for allowing me to share. xx
• United States
24 Jan 07
I'm not much of a coffee drinker myself (actually, I don't like hot beverages), but my girl friend Jenny drinks it. She drinks a 12-cup pot every morning before leaving (like most people drink water) and more during the day. She says that it doesn't affect her ability to sleep and she drinks it black, with no cream or sugar.
• United States
24 Jan 07
Coffee has never really had any effect on me at all. I have actually cut caffiene out of my diet with the exception of one treat each week. I can tell a huge difference in my body. Without all of the sugary drinks I have a lot more energy.