Everyone loves a grande mocha or their cup of green tea. For others, it may be reaching for a Red Bull, Mountain Dew or a diet soda. Whatever your pleasure, you have to have the thrill of caffeine. You are convinced that bolt of extra energy will get you through the dull afternoon meeting, or help you survive shift work. Perhaps it might, but caffeine—just like all foods—is best in moderation. When you have too much, you go through withdrawals and could have some tough days ahead.
You may experience a headache. This is your body saying: Where’s the extra sugar? Do not indulge it and give it more. This may be the easy solution, especially when your head is pounding like a heavy metal band. Instead, take some pain relievers and stay away from electronic devices that may bother your eyes. Close your eyes and rest, while putting a cold pack on your forehead. This really works. When I was drinking six root beers a day, my headaches were out of world. It is not something I will ever do again.
You may also feel the jitters and anxiety. You may get impatient and start tapping your fingers or feet while in lines. You may snap at people because you have not had your caffeinated fix in a number of hours or days, but resist doing this. You do not want to ruin relationships because you are a tad bit on the cranky side. Been there, done that—and do not want to do it again.
In addition, you may feel like you can barely keep your eyelids open. They may be droopy and heavy, from either the rock band headache or fatigue. Both of these are strong possibilities when it comes to caffeine withdrawal. It is not easy giving up your sugary, caffeinated treat—especially when you drink it several times a day. However, after the withdrawal symptoms pass, take a serious look at the ingredients. Look at calories, sugar, and sodium. Does it floor you? I would be alarmed if it did not.
Most of those that drink some caffeine substance are in school or work demanding jobs. They are convinced that these caffeinated beverages will get them through the day. The coffee will help them teach a class or file that sales report for the regional manager. If the coffee or beverage is out of the picture, however, it may hard to concentrate on these tasks. This may be the case for a while, but it will not always the case. There are plenty of other beverages such as orange juice that will do the trick just as efficiently.
Perhaps one of the worst withdrawal symptoms of giving up caffeinated beverages is the fact that you may now have insomnia. Your body is confused and may go off its natural sleep schedule. Do not worry; this will not last long. While some people cannot sleep at all, others are not affected at all by this symptom. If you are affected by it, there are several things that you can do. Take a warm bath to relax you, for instance, or read a good book before you go to sleep. Both of these will relax you and send you into a peaceful slumber at a much earlier hour.
I am not saying it is going to be easy to give up the energy drink or your morning trip to your favorite coffee shop. It is not going to be easy giving up those four Mountain Dews that you drink each day. If you are faced with a health crisis, however, it is best to suffer the withdrawal symptoms and get through them. Remember that these symptoms are temporary and they will not last. You are sure to lose weight because your sugar intake is going to drop dramatically. In addition, trust me—it’s going to be one of the best decisions you’ll make.