Can Not Sleep After Excessive Consumption Of Caffeine
Hello doctor, since 7 days ago when I was affected by the overdose of caffeine, until now I can not feel drowsiness at all at night and so can not sleep, even when I want to sleep my limbs suddenly vibrate and make me unable to sleep altogether at night. Do I have to see a doctor? thanks.
Hello Reinhard Rivaldi,
Overdose is a condition of someone taking drugs or substances in excessive doses. Caffeine is a stimulant and can be found in various drinks such as coffee, energy drinks, and drugs.
Caffeine overdose is actually rare. A person can consume 100-200 mg per day without feeling severe symptoms. Severe symptoms such as twitching on the hands, difficulty sleeping, emotional changes can occur if you consume caffeine> 400 mg / day. But the fixed dose of caffeine in each person to cause symptoms vary. There are people who drink 5-6 cups of caffeinated coffee per day but don't feel anything.
Consumption of very much caffeine has only reached a toxic dose (poses a life-threatening danger) equivalent to 30 cups of coffee taken once. Toxic symptoms due to overdose that can occur in the form of vomiting, severe abdominal pain, disturbance of consciousness, convulsions, heart rhythm disorders, to death.
Caffeine stimulant effects arise after 15-20 minutes you consume them. About 6 hours later, caffeine levels in the blood will be reduced by half. The purpose of caffeine consumption is to get alertness - not sleepy. Difficulty sleeping due to caffeine consumption, of course, will disappear if you stop taking it, unless there are other causes that cause sleep disorders.
Sleep disorders can be difficult to start sleeping, difficult to maintain sleep, or difficult to sleep which causes symptoms in the morning in the form of fatigue and dissatisfaction with the quality and quantity of sleep. The following ways you can try first to overcome your sleep problems before consulting further with your doctor:
Set the same sleep time every day
Create a good sleep environment. The bed is only used for sleeping, not doing activities such as playing gadgets or reading books in bed
Turn off the lights while sleeping or make the atmosphere dim
Do not eat anything 2-3 hours before bedtime
Do not drink anything that contains caffeine
Exercise regularly 30 minutes / day. But avoid exercising just before going to bed.
Reduce nap time
Sleep disorders that persist for 4 weeks or interfere with your activities in the morning (easily drowsiness when working and excessive fatigue) are sleep disorders that require further examination with a doctor.
Thus the explanation from me, hopefully useful.