Bipolar & Coffee

Since we just finished talking about how important your sleep is this would probably be as good a time as ever to talk about coffee.

A coffee or caffeine conversation will probably come up at some point with your doctor.

Your doctor might say, “You might want to reduce your coffee intake.”

Don’t freak out!

You’re freaking out aren’t you?

I want you to understand a couple things about you’re diagnosis and coffee if you’re a coffee drinker.

First off you don’t have to quit coffee altogether and second, yes I would recommend that you reduce your coffee intake.

You may even want to get off it altogether.

I know what some of you may be thinking, “What??? Are you crazy? How am I going to ever get through the day? I can’t function without my two coffees before 9am.”

Trust me I know.

I used to be that guy as well but after being diagnosed that had to change.

One of the reasons is that coffee puts stress on your already strained kidneys.

Your kidneys are getting a little beat up because of the medication so let’s try to limit the damage being done to them.

Some of the crazy things that can happen to the body when drinking coffee are:

  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Irritability
  • Nervousness
  • Headaches
  • Hand Tremors
  • Extra Heartbeats
  • Inability to Concentrate
  • Interruption of normal sleep cycles
  • Mood Depression
  • Anxiety
  • Heartburn
  • Bowel Problems

If you’re going to drink coffee please try to reduce your intake to 1-2 cups a day. Early morning. Not after 12pm.

The key to being able to still drink caffeinated beverages is to increase your water intake.

You’ll already need to increase your water intake because of the strain from the medication but even more so if you continue to drink coffee.

Some handy things that you can do to increase your water intake are:

  • When you get a coffee get a glass of water at the same time as well
  • Have a glass of water on the hour every hour
  • Have a glass of water while you wait for the kettle to boil.
  • Set an alarm to remind you to have a glass of water
  • Have a jug of water near you at all times

The older I get the more sensitive I become to caffeine.

I’ve switched to green to now.

And only have it early in the morning.

Like 5:30am early.

It’ll take some time to get used to but it’ll be worth it.

Don’t try and quit cold turkey.

You may experience some pretty bad withdrawlal symptons so let’s just take it easy and wean down as best we can.

That’s the thing with Bipolar Disorder – you start to become more and more gentle with yourself.

You need to in order to survive and thrive after your Bipolar Diagnosis.

Bipolar Buddha - Ian Paul Marshall
Sending you BIG LOVE!

Ian (The Bipolar Buddha)