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Quitting Caffeine Pills
06-22-2014, 12:45 PM
Post: #11
RE: Quitting Caffeine Pills
Hi Arthur, thanks again for the response and kind words. I'm sorry that you are only able to get 5-6 hours of sleep a night, but can totally understand, due to having a child or children of such a young age. So you are very brave to take on the caffeine withdrawal at the same time.

It is up to you if you want to try cold turkey, and it may well work for you. Your withdrawals might intensify, but be over in a shorter period of time than perhaps others like myself. I cannot say which is better, because we are all different. Definitely eat as healthy as you can and perhaps take supportive supplements to aid you to detox and aid you through the detox period. I am unable to take supplements because I suffer chronic parasitic infection which requires me to take a parasite cleanse daily. If I take extra supplements, it feeds the parasite and things get even worse. But for somebody who does not have this problem, supplements could probably help out a lot. Even a basic multivitamin/mineral supplement with perhaps extra vitamin C, and other antioxidants might be helpful. Depending on what you are able to afford. Perhaps any caffeine-free herbal teas that might aid the liver/kidneys could help as well.

Not having enough sleep won't be helping either. I can get to sleep quickly and have no interruptions, so I am luckier than you in that respect. I have deep sleeps and vivid dreams every night and often don't wish to wake from them :-) Yet, my days are spent in a state of drowsiness and chronic fatigue.

I have not changed my diet or anything. I am eating well and exercising in moderation and having my usual caffeine-free herbal teas. So, no real explanation as to why I don't appear to be improving and coming out of this caffeine-free stupor.

Certainly, I have learned much from this withdrawal and the experiences of others, and my understanding of caffeine, now, has changed a lot. I see it for what it really is and what it can do to a person and how very hard it can be to oust it form one's life. If I do return to it, I will manage it and keep my drinks weaker and fewer and far between.

Keep us posted, Arthur. I think the fact you have reduced this substance is, already, a great step in the right direction and I think a wiser one. But if you want to go the whole hog? I will be very interested to hear your experience. Just remember, you can always go back on a wee bit if you find the cold turkey too much and try again later.
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06-28-2014, 08:18 AM
Post: #12
RE: Quitting Caffeine Pills
Thanks for the comments and inspiration Bex. I hope things are going better for you. Have you noticed any improvements lately?

I'm going to try and go cold turkey starting tomorrow so we'll see how that goes. I've monitored my caffeine intake the past few weeks and I've really noticed how much it drains my energy. At first, I feel great but after an hour or so I get tired and need another dose of caffeine. Since taking caffeine in the late afternoon/evening impacts sleep, which I try to avoid, I just don't have the energy in the evening to be fun with my kids. I'm hoping that I can gain my natural energy back & be able to play with my children at night without feeling exhausted. I understand that I'll probably feel worse at first, but, I figure it's worth a shot for my family. I will keep track on this forum on my progress.
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07-01-2014, 01:59 AM
Post: #13
RE: Quitting Caffeine Pills
(06-21-2014 02:54 AM)arthur Wrote:  Thanks for the reply Bex. Sorry to hear that you are still not seeing the energy benefits. Hopefully things will start turning around for you since you've put so much work into quitting caffeine. Has anything else in your diet changed since you quit caffeine or is everything directly related quitting caffeine?

As for me, I'm down to about 150-200mg's of caffeine per day. I'm struggling to reduce any lower since I'm only able to sleep 5-6 hours a night due to my 6-month old getting up at night. I'm curious if you, or anyone else for that matter, gets less then 6-hours of sleep a night and can still function at a reasonable energy/focus level without caffeine?

If I drop below 150mg, I'm pretty tired throughout the day. I think it would be better for me to go cold turkey and hopefully get through the withdrawals quickly rather than be constantly tired for an extended period. Wondering what thoughts are about that?

I don't know - I am hesitant to give you advice because of how much I have seen people struggle. I am almost inclined to say if you can just stay on caffeine! But of course it is your choice and you may not suffer badly.

Goodluck however.

Sean Russell is the owner and operator of MenProvement.com and this forum. He is a self improvement enthusiast who loves to help others improve their lives while enjoying his own.
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07-02-2014, 10:26 PM
Post: #14
RE: Quitting Caffeine Pills
Day 4 without caffeine. Typical caffeine withdrawal symptoms which I was expecting. A little surprised I still have a slight headache today even though I was only taking no more than 200mg a day. Biggest struggle I have is staying focused at work and also not getting down on myself. I realize one of the perceived benefits of caffeine was to give me a good sense of well-being about myself. Over the last 4-days, I've had the blues which I know is normal for withdrawal but still stinks. Trying to take it one moment/day at a time right now. Thanks for the support.
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07-02-2014, 11:26 PM
Post: #15
RE: Quitting Caffeine Pills
Sometimes ignorance is bliss, like if you never even realized you stopped caffeine you might get by real fast. So try to not to read too much into it or over analyze.

If you never had a problem with anxiety or depression it is likely that you will be like the 50% of the population that can feel normal after a few weeks, so here is to your speedy recovery!

Sean Russell is the owner and operator of MenProvement.com and this forum. He is a self improvement enthusiast who loves to help others improve their lives while enjoying his own.
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08-05-2014, 09:55 PM
Post: #16
RE: Quitting Caffeine Pills
I'm about 5-weeks being completely caffeine free and feel pretty good. I do miss the energy surge that caffeine provided. At times, I feel unmotivated to do much and I'm not sure if that is due to lack of sleep (only 5-6 hours a night) or still getting through withdrawal. I do feel my memory improving and seem to really experience a sense of living in the moment without the rollercoaster of caffeine. Does anyone who has given up caffeine recollect how long it took for the motivation to return & to not miss the stimulant effect of caffeine? Thanks.
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