I love to start my day with espresso. There is something special about its aroma, potent flavor, and rich boost of energy. I find myself having more than one shot through the day. Recently, I started to wonder about the effect espresso has on our bodies. Specifically, about how long it stays in our system. Turns out that having a shot in the morning, a cappuccino at lunch, and another pick-me-up before the end of the workday may not be the best idea.
In general, the effects of espresso last 5 to 7 hours in the system of an average adult. Factors such as body weight, age, potency, and an individual’s sensitivity to caffeine all impact the duration of the effect espresso has on an individual.
Let’s go over a few important things you should know about drinking espresso. It’s good to know how long it takes for the effects of caffeine to reach their peak. Also, I’ll share a few tips on what you can do to help cool off the energy from the coffee if you’ve been feeling them for too long.
How Long Does Espresso Last?
How Much Espresso is Enough?
It is important that you consume espresso in a limited amount. When you are drinking espresso in a 1.5 oz(50mL) cup then you are consuming 58 and 185 milligrams of caffeine, depending on the brand of coffee.
Moderate consumption of caffeine recommended by the FDA is 400 mg per day.
Limit how much coffee you drink to stay within the guidelines and avoid health issues, coffee-related discomforts, and alerting your caffeine tolerance.
Deciding Factors Related to the Effects of Espresso
There is no doubt that espresso contains caffeine and thus helps in providing the required energy to your body, but if you get addicted to it then it can prove to be dangerous to your life.
The way it stays in your system and affects you depends on your height, weight, overall health, consumption of it on regular basis, other drugs being taken along with it, and the amount that is consumed by you.
If anyone who takes hormonal birth control can make you more sensitive to its effects. While those who are regular smokers are less sensitive and hardly feel the effect of caffeine.
People break down caffeine very slowly while some break it quickly. The ones who break it quickly hardly experience the espresso’s stimulating effect. Those who are hypersensitive towards caffeine will start feeling espresso jitters like nausea, restlessness, diarrhea, general discomfort, and heart palpitations.
These jitters will be experienced only by taking small doses. While those who are not sensitive towards it will not even feel the effects after consuming more than the normal set limit. Sometimes they might feel as if they did not consume it at all.
How Long Does Espresso Take to Ware Off?
By now, you’re aware that espresso contains a lot of caffeine. Since our bodies absorb caffeine quickly, some people may feel the pick-me-up from espresso right away, while others may need to wait for the boost of energy and alertness.
After consuming espresso it takes 40 to 60 minutes for it to reach its peak effects on our minds.
The effects of espresso wear off after roughly 1 to 2 hours. However, traces of coffee and caffeine stay in our system for 5 to 7 hours. It takes 10 full hours for coffee to leave our systems completely.
This is only possible if you do not consume any caffeine in between. Otherwise, the duration for which it will stay in your body will increase.
Can Espresso Keep You Awake?
Yes, it is effective in keeping anyone awake who has consumed it. So, whenever you feel that you need some extra energy it would be good if the intake of the espresso is in a limited quantity.
It can be taken in the morning so that you feel lively and are awake the whole day. But do not drink more than the limit that is set otherwise it might harm you in a different manner.
Some people even have it at night, so it is a good idea to have it occasionally to change your mood. You can have it if you wish to do some important work at night. But it would be better if you do not develop a habit of having it at night on daily basis.
Feeling the Effects from Espresso for too Long?
If you think you’ve had too much espresso, the best thing to do is to drink a glass of water. It’s rather strange, but coffee can dehydrate you.
You might not feel the need to eat and feel that your appetite has been suppressed. In this case, you need to make some effort to eat so that you can control your blood sugar, headaches, and nausea. The best way would be to make espresso with your meal so that you do feel the jitters as more.
Avoid consumption of any drink that contains caffeine empty stomach. The long-term effects of it include anxiety, ulcers, ears ringing, weakness, osteoporosis, confusion, and seizures.
Doing exercise will make you feel better and will help in burning off the energy that might have been caused due to the adrenaline released by caffeine. It is also a fact that if you consume espresso on almost a regular basis the effects of it will lessen.
I’ve always seen coffee as a way of bringing people together. Everywhere I go people seem to enjoy a fresh cup of coffee and that’s what drives my passion. There’s always a new brew to master, and there’s always a new face to enjoy it with. Hitch a ride with me on a coffee-fueled adventure to find a perfect cup.