How to Survive Caffeine Withdrawal

Want to quit caffeine without the nasty signs of caffeine withdrawal? There are some tricks that will help you weather the period until you become caffeine free.

Caffeine Addiction and Caffeine Withdrawal
If you decide to quit consuming caffeine suddenly when you are addicted to caffeine, you may experience withdrawal symptoms. These symptoms might include:

  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Caffeine withdrawal headaches
  • Feelings of hot and cold
  • Sleepiness
  • Irritability
  • Depression
  • Muscle stiffness

These symptoms may start between 12 and 24 hours after the last time that you consumed caffeine and will last from two days to one week or more.

Avoiding Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms
The key to avoiding caffeine withdrawal symptoms is to slowly cut back on the amount of caffeine that you consume. Start by using a quarter to a half a cup of decaf as part of your coffee instead of a whole cup of full charged java. Take your time and cut back over a couple of weeks until you are just drinking decaf.

If tea is your caffeine source, shorten your tea's brewing time. The shorter the brewing time, the less caffeine will be in your tea cup.

It's rather difficult to dilute cola drinks, as the bubbles go flat. However, you can try substituting non-caffeinated drinks for some of your caffeinated colas to help minimize any headaches that you might get.

As you pull yourself away from caffeine, start to read the nutritional labels of the products that you purchase and look for caffeine content. Over the counter "stay awake" products are full of caffeine. Coffee ice cream has caffeine. Those energy drinks that you may drink for extra pep are loaded with caffeine. Even some innocuous products like root beer and orange sodas may contain caffeine, depending on the brand, not to mention chocolate. If you want to continue with a caffeine free life, it is important to know which foods that you should avoid. Read those labels.

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