How to Break Caffeine Addiction

Everybody is aware of the dangers of various addictions such as cocaine, weed, heroine, opiates, and other drugs. However, there is one addiction that almost everyone is unaware about. That addiction would be the caffeine addiction.

Caffeine is a stimulant for the brain. Caffeine is also the world’s most used psychoactive drug. However, unlike any other psychoactive drugs, it is commonly unregulated and accessible to anybody. One of the most common sources of caffeine is the consumption of coffee, or tea.

Getting hooked in caffeine can have various negative effects in both our body and mental state. What’s worse is that there is hardly any action done by any health organizations to inform people about the negative side effects of caffeine.

Negative Effects of Caffeine Addiction

1. Insomnia

Insomnia is a psychological problem where one has trouble sleeping or staying asleep. People that have insomnia are often not satisfied with their sleep,and usually experience some of the following symptoms: lethargy, fatigue, lack of concentration, mood swings, and lower performance in school or work. (1)

2. Anxiety

Caffeine-induced anxiety disorder is a disorder caused by the psychoactive effects of caffeine to the brain. People with a history and anxiety have a great chance of having a panic attack when they drink or consume foods high in caffeine. (2)

3. Irregular Heart Beat

Cardiac Arrhythmia, also known as irregular heart beat, is a potentially dangerous disorder. It is characterized by a person missing a heart beat or having multiple heart beats in a period of time wherein they should only have had a single heart beat.

Caffeine’s stimulating effects speed up the rate at which the heart beats. Doctors often advise people who are genetically predisposed to have heart diseases to avoid drinking too much coffee. Patients should, however, avoid drinking energy drinks completely. (3)

4. Headaches

Headaches are painful sensations that you can experience in various parts of your head. You can experience headaches almost instantly after drinking coffee. This is because caffeine narrows the blood vessels in your brain whenever you consume it. When you stop consuming caffeine, the blood vessels immediately expand and causes pain. (4)

Here is a short video that further explains the negative effects of caffeine addiction:

 

People, more often than not, deny that they already have caffeine addiction. Self assessment is also hard since symptoms of caffeine addiction are hardly visible. However, here are a few ways to know if your already have caffeine addiction.

Symptoms of Caffeine Addiction

1. You Experience Withdrawals Symptoms When You Stop Drinking Coffee

Caffeine causes our brain to produce a stimulant called Dopamine. Dopamine is the neurotransmitter in control of the pleasure and reward centers of our brain. Excessive production of dopamine causes us to become dependent and addicted to its trigger.

Removing caffeine from your diet can cause several withdrawal symptoms such as lethargy or lack of energy, headaches, nausea, depression, vomiting, or muscle pain and stiffness. If you feel some of this symptoms when you forget your daily dose of coffee, then there’s a high chance you are already addicted to caffeine.

2. Your Desperate To Add Caffeine Rich Foods in Your Diet

If you notice that most of the food you consume are rich in caffeine, then you might have caffeine addiction. If you feel like drinking coffee for no reason, or eat coffee flavored desserts, then you probably have caffeine addiction. Caffeine addiction makes you both unconsciously and consciously crave caffeine rich foods.

Not being able to consume caffeine can feel like you are unsatisfied with the food you ate, or you could continuously crave the taste of coffee the whole day.

Now that  you are able to determine whether or not you have caffeine addiction, it is now time for you to learn how to battle your caffeine addiction.

How to Break Your Caffeine Addiction

Getting over your caffeine addiction is no easy task. The following procedures are scientifically backed methods of how you can battle your sugar addiction. With discipline and will power, you can make sure that you’ll get over your addiction soon.

1. Slowly Remove Coffee from Your Morning Routine

We often drink coffee in the morning to jump start our senses. It helps us keep awake in our jobs or at school. However, it is also this routine that teaches our body that caffeine is necessary for us to function properly. This routine is the most common cause of caffeine addiction.

To effectively remove coffee from your morning routine, slowly lessen the frequency at which you do it. Start by drinking your morning coffee only every other day for a week. Then after the first week, drink coffee only after every three days. Follow this pattern until you stop drinking coffee every morning completely.

Doing it slowly is more effective than immediately stopping. This is because your body would feel the withdrawal symptoms less, thus the change would be hardly noticeable. This method would also lessen the possibility of you returning back to your old ways.

2. Clear Your House Of Any Coffee

After you have finally gotten rid of coffee from your diet with the above procedure, immediately dispose of any remaining coffee powders or beans in your home. Do not  feel anxious about wasting a few bucks, the health benefits that you would get from it would definitely be more beneficial.

You can avoid the temptation of drinking a cup of coffee by removing every coffee at home. It will also help get rid of the stress that you would feel whenever you force yourself to not drink coffee. You should replace the coffee that you have disposed off with healthier drinks such as milk, or fruit juice.

3. Avoid The Coffee Section of Supermarkets

It is undeniable that a whiff of the bittersweet aroma of coffee can force anyone to buy a bag of it. The aroma of coffee is incredibly enticing to anyone who had a history of caffeine addiction. To prevent yourself from the temptation to buy coffee, make sure to avoid the coffee section of your local supermarket.

With all said and done, make sure to consult a health practitioner to help you better in your addiction. Self-help articles like these are great, but nothing can compare from asking a real professional.