Caffeine withdrawal: Symptoms and how to cope

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While consuming caffeine can cause feelings of anxiousness, cutting it out can cause this side effect as well.


Summary Coffee acts as a stimulant in the body and weaning off of it can make you feel tired and drowsy.

The method of preparation is relative to the amount of caffeine you had been consuming. Those who had been consuming large amounts of caffeine should prepare more than those detoxing from smaller daily amounts.

Caffeine withdrawal can occur in anyone who regularly consumes caffeine and then abruptly discontinues its use.

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This sudden change in blood flow can cause painful withdrawal headaches that can vary in length and severity as the brain adapts to the increase in blood.


Ok, I feel lousy. I’m tired, unmotivated, and my head’s foggy. I have half a headache and I’m cranky. Why? Yesterday I decided to start a caffeine detox. For several weeks I’ve felt the need to reset my “caffeine clock”. If you’re not sure what I’m talking about, I needed to return to the time before I had such a tolerance for caffeine. A wonderful time where one coffee would bring feelings of elation and joy, leaving me ready to take on whatever task was before me. Unfortunately, the occasional coffee turned into one a day, then two a day, then mixed with energy drinks and chocolate covered espresso beans. Wham, I was hooked. I soon noticed that I wasn’t really getting the benefits of caffeine anymore and really just needed it to maintain a new sense of normal so I decided to detox. Yesterday I cut back to one coffee and it’s now been over 24 hours without any caffeine. The withdrawal symptoms are making it very hard to get my work done today, but I’m plugging on as the receptors in my brain learn to readjust from their caffeine fed state. Caffeine detox isn’t as easy as one would think and I can definitely see the ties to addiction that caffeine possesses. There is also the little voice that keeps telling me to make a pot of coffee and all of this will go away. However, I’m listening to the bigger voice telling me how great a cup of coffee will be at the end of my two month detox from caffeine.