Surely you know it, the coffee slump! One minute you're feeling super energized, and the next you're hanging like a sip of water in the curve: the coffee slump has hit. Don't worry, it can happen to anyone. We coffee nerds know our stuff here and have come up with some strategies to get you around it.
For those who have never had a coffee slump, here's an explanation of what exactly the coffee slump is.
Coffee low is a condition that can occur after consuming coffee or other caffeinated beverages. It typically occurs when the caffeine effect wears off and the body begins to adjust to the absence of caffeine. This can leave you feeling tired, fatigued or even listless.
The coffee slump can also occur when one drinks too much coffee or caffeinated beverages, which leads to overconsumption of caffeine and overstimulates the body. This can cause one to feel restless or anxious and later become jaded.
It is important to note that everyone reacts differently to caffeine, and the degree and duration of coffee depression can vary from person to person. Some people can consume caffeine without issue, while others are more sensitive to it and may experience a caffeine crash more quickly.
If you are sensitive to caffeine, or regularly feel jittery after a cup of coffee, it's a good idea to take a closer look at your cup:
You may be consuming Robusta coffee or Robusta coffee blends, these contain a lot of caffeine and may be the reason for your discomfort. If you don't drink Robusta coffee and still notice the coffee slump, the following tips can help you against it*:
There are several strategies you can use to combat your coffee slump:
1. Drink enough water: coffee can be dehydrating, so it's important to drink enough water to keep your body hydrated.
2. Eat a balanced meal: eating a balanced meal that includes carbohydrates, protein and fat can help stabilize blood sugar levels and maintain energy levels.
3. Avoid sugary snacks: while sugary snacks can give a short-term energy boost, they can also lead to a subsequent drop in blood sugar levels, which can exacerbate the coffee slump.
4. Eat a banana: Bananas contain carbohydrates and vitamin B6, which can help boost energy levels.
5. Drink green tea: green tea contains caffeine, but it also contains L-theanine, which can help release the caffeine more gently, preventing coffee lows.
6. Get out in the fresh air: a short break in the fresh air can help clear the mind and boost energy levels.
7. Take a short exercise break: taking a short exercise break can help get the circulation going and increase energy levels.
8. Eat a healthy snack: nuts contain protein and healthy fats that can help keep blood sugar levels stable and maintain energy levels.
9. Eat dark chocolate: Dark chocolate contains caffeine and flavanols that can help increase energy levels.
10. Drink Decaf! We have a really good one you should try.
*This article is not medical advice and does not replace a visit to a doctor. We strongly recommend you to consult your doctor if you have any health complaint.