(Closed) Caffeine withdrawal

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
Member
14186 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Going cold turkey is the WORST way to do it. Have a cup of tea…it has SOME caffeine in it. It’s really much better/less painful if you scale back slowly.

Eh, i figure i don’t have too many vices in the world….one to three cups a day actually has health benefits. I just enjoy my morning joe way too much to give it up! If you LIKE coffee, you could try half caff.

It’s too yummy, though =]

Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

Ahhh…the only tip i have is be tough and stick with it!!!  I cut out caffeine from my diet cold turkey about 8 years ago.  It was soooooo hard, but it’s worth it!

*Edit*…I just saw ejs’s comment on going cold turkey. lol  For me, I had to go cold turkey.  Caffeine was an addiction for me and I constantly had to have it, even though it made me a jittery mess.  I knew once I quit drinking it, if I gave into anything with caffeine again, it would be all over for me. lol  I would have been back on the caffeine drinking bandwagon.  But it’s different for everyone!

Post # 5
Hostess
18643 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2009

Maybe would water help?  Keeping you hydrated?

Post # 6
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193 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

All I can say is do not give in to the headache.  Two weeks ago, I went through caffeine withdrawal.  Had a horrible migraine for two days and a whole week of exhaustion.  I feel in the end, it was worth it.  I have never felt better. 🙂  Unfortunately, I do not have any advice.  For some people, advil works for caffeine headaches. Not me, I had to sleep through those two days….

Post # 7
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276 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I was up to 3 cups a day for a while because of my demanding work schedule – I’ve been fortunate to finally be able to scale back to my one cup in the mornings. (Which, like ejs4y8 mentioned, does have health benefits.)  

But I’m one of those rare people who actually enjoys the taste of good coffee. 

Until this week though, the three previous weeks were miserable with the headaches.  Ibuprophen doesn’t work for caffiene headaches, at least not for me.  I was really fortunate to have a week off during the worst part of it, or rather a light week.  I’d be fine in the mornings until it came about time that I normally had my second cup at 2 ish.  The only thing I was able to do is take a 45-60 minute nap to sleep through the worst of it and be sleepy for the rest of the day. 

This is coming off of years of it though, and I have some bad insomnia/stress problems that contributed to my intial reliance on caffiene.

For just a few weeks, I’d say maybe just try a 15 minute “power nap” if you have an opportunity, if not…Tea does help, for sure.  Especially Tazo’s awake, or Earl Grey.

 

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