Caffeine withdrawal: Personal stories?
March 6, 2013 3:54 AM Subscribe
Two days ago, I decided to cut down on my caffeine intake drastically. I now feel super duper out of it and fatigued, plus I have headaches (I never get headaches!).
I would like to hear personal anecdotes from others regarding their experiences with caffeine withdrawal, so I know for sure that what I am feeling is not just in my head.
posted by Kamelot123 to health & fitness (60 answers total) 8 users marked this as a favorite
Two days ago, I decided to cut down on my caffeine intake drastically. Up to this point I had been having two or three (big) cups of starbucks coffee every day, with a latte thrown in here and there. I felt awesome until the nighttime, which is when I would start having a hard time falling asleep. I was also feeling quite tense and wound up.
Yesterday, I only had one Starbucks decaf - which has a little bit of caffeine in it, I know - and one cup of green tea (I asked for the lowest caffeine tea they had). Today, just one decaf. Basically I went from around 500-700 mgs of caffeine per day to 20-50-ish.
Wow, did I start feeling like poop all of a sudden! I am feeling majorly lethargic, with no energy to do the things that I usually love to do. My mind is having a hard time jumping to words while making conversation, whereas usually I am a fountain of verbosity. I am also rather irritable, and I am trying to make myself forget about said irritability by eating comfort foods.
At first I didn't connect the dots, but today thought 'hey, I haven't been having my usual coffee intake, let's have a look-see on mr. internet about coffee withdrawals!' Sure enough, going cold turkey - or pretty close to it in my case - does cause withdrawals plus pretty much all of the symptoms I am currently having: inability to concentrate, headaches, fatigue, flu-like symptoms (I am pretty sure that I'm not sick).
So - I am still a tad worried that this withdrawal is either something else or is all in my head because, hey - it's caffeine, not a hard drug for crissakes! So I'd like to hear some personal stories from people who have tried cutting down their coffee/caffeine intake, or were able to cut it out of their lives completely. Finally, for those who were able to stick to the program: Did your life improve as a result? (I need motivation!!)