As I shared in the introductory post to this series, I mentioned talking to multiple people (of varying ages and lifestyles) asking about their experience with quitting coffee, (some of whom still continue to drink the beverage following their intermittent quit).
To remove a part of your daily routine that you’ve gotten so familiar with, no doubt can be a challenge, but in the long run, if reducing your caffeine intake is something you want to do, then it’s best to be know what to expect, which is why today I’ll be sharing with you the 7 most common withdrawal symptoms of quitting coffee.
7 most common caffeine withdrawal symptoms:
Having spoken with a number of people who have experienced their own caffeine withdrawal symptoms, below I’ve listed the 7 most common symptoms they all shared.
One of the earliest symptoms you may experience from cutting down on coffee is a pounding headache. This is due to the increase of blood flow to the brain, which caffeine often reduces. So as your body readjusts to its regular and natural rate of blood flow, headaches will be one of the few inconveniences.
Depending on coffee for an energy boost; be it in the morning or midday, creates a dependence and a fix to the energy slump. So, naturally eliminating coffee from the routine will of course mean the slump remains.
3. Irregular sleep patterns
Like the point above, the fatigue you experience is similar to the effects of a detox, as your body re-calibrates to it’s natural rhythm.
As the slogan goes, ‘you’re not you when you’re hungry’, but in this case it’s easy to feel like you’re not yourself without your daily caffeine dose, so as you strive to be your best caffeine-free self, be it permanently or temporarily, expect a bout of irritability along the way.
This goes without saying, but the sleep deprivation and the ongoing irregularity of slumber may have you feeling sleepy in the day and awake in the night, so it’s good to know that drowsiness is among the withdrawal symptoms.
6. Brain fog
Brain fog or lack of concentration was reported as one of the most difficult symptoms to deal with because in the case of work, not being able to bring their A-game was a concern, however given that it is a short term effect, you may just have to soldier through it.
7. Flu-like symptoms
As if all the other symptoms weren’t enough, some people shared that they felt like they had the flu. However, this is more likely to be the case for those who consume large quantities of caffeine. Mind you though, the caffeine may be from coffee, but it could also be down to other foods too.
How long the caffeine withdrawal symptoms last?
Given that caffeine has between 4 and 6 hours in our bodies, hence the need for a pick-me-up, it can take from a few days or weeks for the symptoms to subside.
Is there anything you did to help to help?
You’re probably wondering if there are any solutions to the withdrawal symptoms mentioned above. And luckily, this is one of the questions I asked the people who i spoke to; if there was anything in particular that made the symptoms any bit more bearable.
And a few of things they mentioned are:
1. Staying hydrated: Though it seems like a no-brainer, apparently making a conscious effort to drink your H20 can help.
2.Finding other ways to energise yourself: Teas, green juices and the like were recommended as alternative pick me ups, or non-caffeinated coffee substitutes.
3. Taking pain relievers: In case the headaches, body aches or any other pain presents itself, this may help. OF course, i’m not a doctor, but this only a suggestion.
4. Chewing gum: obviously this isn’t recommended in the morning, but for a pick me up, or a quick sugar boost throughout the day, this can help keep your mind off the caffeine-free re-calibration.
Over on the caffeine informer, they go into depth on all things caffeine-related.
Let me know below, have you ever tried a caffeine detox or complete removal? If so, I’d love to hear more about your experience, so feel free to share it below.
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That’s all from me today folks,