How to Reduce Caffeine Dependence

Feeling groggy after not having enough sleep is quite hard, especially if it is a busy day or a workday. The first thing that you would probably do is to drink a cup of coffee to kickstart your day and for you to function well at work. That is a normal thing to do. Studies even show that most people are likely to drink caffeinated drinks to stay awake throughout the day. However, drinking too much caffeine can have harmful effects on a person’s health. Caffeine dependence may cause insomnia, headache, dizziness, fast racing of heartbeat, irritability, nervousness, and excessive shaking. If you feel like caffeine no longer affects you the same way, your consumption is too much, and out of control, caffeine leads to health problems; you may want to reduce your caffeine dependence and have a caffeine detox. 

Here are tips on how to reduce caffeine dependence for our caffeine-dependent people out there! 

1. Reduce your caffeine intake gradually. It is not advisable to stop drinking caffeine totally in a day. It will give you worse withdrawal symptoms, and you will most likely go back to drinking caffeine to end these symptoms. Slowly reduce the amount of caffeine you intake in stages. Create a plan on how to decrease your caffeine gradually throughout the day. You can stop drinking coffee in the afternoon. You can also try throwing out half of your coffee intake in the morning. Then, you would be drinking half of your usual coffee. That is a great way to start reducing your caffeine dependence. Slowly cut your caffeine intake until you do not need to take in caffeine at all. It will also help lessen the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal.

2. Be aware of the ingredients of your drinks. Sodas, teas, and energy drinks also have caffeine in them. Try your best to avoid caffeine by knowing the ingredients of your food and beverages. As much as possible, consume food and drinks with only a minimal amount of caffeine.

3. Make tea as an alternative for coffee. Although tea contains caffeine in it, it still has a lesser amount than coffee and sodas usually have. You may find the taste of tea weird at first, but you will eventually get used to it. If you feel like having a cup of coffee, get yourself a tea bag and start brewing it. Also, remember that lesser brewing time for tea means a lesser amount of caffeine. A friendly tip, herbal teas do not have any caffeine in them. So, they are best if you are trying to lessen your caffeine withdrawal symptoms. 

4. You can also try switching to decaf. 97% of caffeine is removed from a decaffeinated coffee. So, if you still want a taste of coffee or sodas but want to reduce your caffeine dependence, switching to decaf would be the best option. 

5. Order a small size instead of your usual drink size. That way, you can avoid having too much caffeine in your system. The small size of coffee only has one shot of espresso, whereas the large size contains two.

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6. Check your medications. Some medicines like your headache medicine and your pain reliever have caffeine ingredients in them. If you are trying to reduce your caffeine intake, it is best to check the ingredients of these medicines. Have them replaced and switch to a different kind if they contain caffeine. 

7. Drink more water. Increase the amount of your water intake. Water can help flush caffeine out of your body naturally. It also keeps you hydrated throughout the day. Distract yourself from drinking caffeinated drinks by drinking more water throughout the day.

8. Be active and incorporate exercise into your everyday routine. Exercising is a natural stimulant for one’s body. So, working out is an ideal alternative to caffeine if you want to stay awake and get through the entire day

9. Stop adding to your caffeine habit. If you feel like you want to add another cup of coffee to your daily caffeine intake, remind yourself that you do not need it. Ask yourself several times if you need that extra amount of caffeine in your bloodstream. If not, then do not get it. Always think twice before getting that second cup of coffee, and stop adding to your caffeine habit. 

When you reduce your caffeine dependence, you will most likely undergo withdrawal. You will most likely experience headaches, extreme fatigue, irritability, difficulty concentrating, muscle pain, and nausea. You must expect these things in caffeine withdrawal. However, these symptoms are short-lived, so try your best and bear with it. Caffeine withdrawal might be difficult, but it will be worth it in the end. Cutting back and reducing your caffeine dependence might be a shot to a healthier life.