9 Symptoms of Caffeine Withdrawal

August 10, 2018

9 Symptoms of Caffeine Withdrawal

Are you addicted to caffeine? Maybe you start your day with a cup of coffee, in the afternoon sip on an energy drink, and drink your pre workout before you hit the gym in the evening.  It’s no wonder we can’t get any sleep. But what happens when we miss those doses of caffeine throughout our day? Are we annoyed by everything, feeling lethargic, and can’t concentrate?
Caffeine withdrawal is no joke and very real. 
People who drink caffeine every single day  may develop a physical, emotional and psychological dependency. Some people even experience a caffeine withdrawal immediately after skipping their daily routine of caffeine. A few studies have shown that caffeine withdrawal  clinically relevant entity, to the point that can be treated as a mental disorder.[3]
Caffeine acts on the central nervous system to reduce fatigue and increase alertness.[1][2] Caffeine is a stimulant, and too much of any stimulant, especially when you are fatigued, can burn out your central nervous system. As counter intuitive as it may sound, when you are tired, you should probably be consuming less stimulants throughout the day, this way your body adapts naturally to the stress of being fatigued. You can reduce the stress on your body by keeping your daily dose of caffeine low. Using stimulants every day will generally lead to stimulant tolerance. Just like we all started with one cup of coffee once in a while. It’s probably now multiple cups daily.
Caffeine withdrawals generate great grief and impairment of day-to-day functions. Symptoms vary from person to person.  If the daily intake increases, so will the severity of the symptoms.  Self-restraint from lowering intake, such as about one small cup of coffee per day, also produced symptoms of withdrawal.[3]
Caffeine is addictive because the molecule structure.
When you skip or lower your daily intake of caffeine, the brain is then flooded with adenosine and dopamine levels drop drastically causing the brain’s chemistry to be out of balance.
Some Caffeine Withdrawal Symptoms can include:
1. Sleepiness
You are suddenly falling asleep in the middle of your work shift. Not you’re your normal tiredness, almost like someone is pulling your eyelids shut.
2. Muscle Pain 
If you are taking an energy drink before your physical activities and not drinking enough water, you might be getting cramping sensation and even muscle stiffness.
3. Headache
Can Caffeine cause headaches? Absolutely. 
4. Flu Sensations 
You might feel like you are getting a fever, sneezing often, and everything pretty much hurts.
5. Insomnia
You are extremely tired, but because of the withdrawal you just can’t go to sleep.
6. Dizziness
Caffeine withdrawal can cause some balance issues.
7. Afternoon Brain Fog
Can’t concentrate, or even think straight. Basic day-to-day functions become over complicated.
8. Lethargy
Motivation to do anything productive is gone.
9. Depression
This one goes along side lethargy and can have you feeling sad. Temporary nausea and high mood swings. If you already struggle with depression this could be a big issue.
Caffeine can make you feel energized, alert, and less depressed. But again, you aren’t really treating the cause or the real root. When you decrease your daily caffeine high, you might feel down, sleepy, sad, clumsy, and annoyed. You can even experience a drop in blood pressure. 
How do you treat it?
Slowly decrease intake – Start by modifying the amount you drink once throughout the day, and every other day. Then slowly adjust multiple times in one day, until you feel the energy to do it as needed.
Stay hydrated – Drinking plenty of water is important during the process. It will help flush your system and make you feel better.
Balance your diet – Eating better, and improving the quality of your food can have a huge impact on how you feel throughout the day.
Sleep longer – Getting 8-12 hours of sleep can increase your energy levels. stay away from any stimulant within 4-6 hours, depending on your tolerance. If you feel like you are sensitive to caffeine, avoid taking it after 2PM. Getting quality sleep is important.
The important thing here is to listen to your body. Why do you even have the need for caffeine?  Feeling down? Maybe talk to a friend or a professional regarding any hardships you may be going through? Low energy levels? Maybe you aren’t sleeping or eating well. Maybe you just need to go workout outside. Don’t just treat the symptom, look for the cause and treat the body.
Results may vary. These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease. 

[1] McNaughton LR et al. The effects of caffeine ingestion on time trial cycling performance. J Sports Med Phys Fitness. 2008;(3):320-5. [iii] Hogervorst E et al. Caffeine improves physical and cognitive performance during exhaustive exercise. Med Sci Sports Exerc. 2008;40(10):1841-51. 
[2] Tarnopolsky MA. Effect of caffeine on the neuromuscular system - potential as an ergogenic aid. Appl Physiol Nutr Metab. 2008 33(6):1284-9
[3] Karima R. Sajadi-Ernazarova; Richard J. Hamilton. Caffeine, Withdrawal

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