People all over the world are addicted to coffee. People drink coffee for many reasons, including the flavor, the caffeine and entrepreneurial interests. However, as caffeine drinkers become more intent on living healthier, more natural lives, they may decide to swear off coffee, sodas and other caffeinated beverages. Quitting cold turkey causes symptoms of withdrawal, such as the shakes and headaches.
Quit gradually. This process will take about a week if you drink two to three caffeinated beverages a day. On day one, drink half as much as you normally would. Then each day after that, drink fewer caffeinated beverages and more water than the day before.
Breathe deeply from your stomach, not your chest. Taking deep breaths will allow the blood flow to increase and relieve headache pain.
Take naps daily for a week after quitting caffeine. Caffeine lessens the amount of sleep you need each day, so take naps for one to two hours a day to help with the headaches.
Take over-the-counter painkillers, such as acetaminophen or ibuprofen. This will help relieve and possibly stop the headache pain, depending on the severity.
Tips & Warnings
- Although, you have to go through the withdrawal process to be caffeine free, the symptoms will last only as long as it takes your body to regulate itself. The symptoms will not come back unless you start drinking caffeinated beverages again.