Why does coffee make me dizzy?

In this text, we will provide the answer to the question “Why does coffee make me dizzy?”. Also, we will give tips on how to drink coffee safely and with as little dizziness as possible. In addition, we will discuss the maximum recommended amounts of coffee and the sensitivity of some people to caffeine.

Why does coffee make me dizzy?

Dizziness is a side effect of excessive caffeine consumption or caffeine sensitivity. Caffeine is a psychoactive substance that directly affects the brain and can generate symptoms similar to generalized anxiety in sensitive people or when consumed in excess.

Too much caffeine can also lead to panic attacks, dizziness, diarrhea, muscle contractions, and frequent urination. When the person stops drinking and goes back to drinking coffee, a small cup is enough to make the symptoms reappear.

In addition to genetics, the amount of coffee we drink in our daily lives also affects our response to caffeine. 

Even if someone is a fast caffeine metabolizer, the effects can be stronger if they don’t drink coffee regularly. Whenever we drink coffee for a long time, we develop a certain tolerance, decreasing the effect of caffeine.

How do I stop feeling dizzy after drinking coffee?

A secret for many people to not feel dizzy when drinking coffee is to eat it with some food. Starting your day with a correct diet, giving your body something substantive to metabolize, in addition to coffee and just its caffeine, is usually enough to stop the dizziness associated with coffee consumption

In addition, we can do other things to avoid these dizziness related to drinking the drink:

  1. Drink more water

You should drink plenty of water throughout the day and take a sip of water while drinking coffee to balance your caffeine metabolism rate.

Staying hydrated is critical to preventing caffeine from causing unwanted effects.

  1. Get more vitamin D

Caffeine reduces the rate of absorption of vitamin D and most people who drink a lot of coffee are vitamin D deficient. Vitamin D supplementation is always indicated.

You can also supply your recommended daily intake by just getting 5 to 20 minutes of direct sunlight a day.

  1. Go on a diet

A balanced diet is a great ally to the adverse effects of caffeine. Consuming coffee or tea with a balanced meal – or right after the meal – is sure to reduce the adverse effects of caffeine intake.

  1. Exercise regularly

The practice of regular physical exercise, combined with a balanced and healthy diet, reduces the risk of health problems and reduces dizziness when drinking coffee.

Furthermore, coffee consumption is a great ally for people who perform physical activities as it serves as an energy boost.

  1. Drink a darker roast

Drinking darker roasted coffee means less chance of dizziness, nausea or any other negative side effects, as the more the beans are roasted, the less caffeine is present. However, the coffee will taste bitter and stronger.

  1. Decrease the amount of drink

In case of excessive caffeine consumption, your body may be warning you through frequent dizziness. The ideal is to reduce consumption gradually.

How much coffee can I have per day?

It’s okay to drink coffee every day, but we have to remember that the daily dose of caffeine depends on each person:

  • Healthy adult weighing approximately 60 to 70 kg: 300 to 400 milligrams of caffeine (the equivalent of 3 to 4 cups of brewed coffee)
  • Adolescents: 100 milligrams of caffeine (about 1 cup strained)
  • Pregnant and lactating women: 200 milligrams of caffeine (about 2 cups strained)
  • Caffeine Sensitive: 100 to 200 milligrams of caffeine
  • Children: consumption is not recommended

It should always be remembered that espresso coffee has more caffeine than brewed coffee, with 125 ml (half a cup) of brewed coffee having 85 mg of caffeine. Just 30ml of espresso has approximately 60mg of caffeine.

Not only the caffeine in coffee should be counted, but all the foods we consume during the day, for example: chocolate, chocolate, teas, energy drinks and soft drinks.

What is caffeine sensitivity?

For some people sensitive to caffeine, its consumption can cause anxiety, insomnia, headaches, irritation, burning stomach, elevated blood pressure and rapid heartbeat and, in extreme cases, even related to an increased risk of a myocardial infarction.

Ingesting caffeine for these people can be harmful to bone health as it can prevent our bodies from absorbing vitamins and minerals properly. People with caffeine sensitivity must understand their body and detect the maximum limits of caffeine they can ingest. Overall it’s somewhere around 100 to 200 mg of caffeine.

The bottom line

Based on everything that was discussed, we have that people feel dizzy when ingesting caffeine due to several reasons, including caffeine sensitivity, drinking coffee on an empty stomach, excess of the substance in the body and lack of physical exercise and a balanced diet.

Furthermore, we found that drinking water regularly, ingesting vitamin D, going on a diet, exercising and consuming the substance moderately can be crucial to avoid dizziness during coffee ingestion.


In this text, we provided the answer to the question “Why does coffee make me dizzy?”. Also, we gave tips on how to drink coffee safely and with as little dizziness as possible. In addition, we discussed the maximum recommended amounts of coffee and the sensitivity of some people to caffeine.



Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.