If you haven’t read my first post about giving up caffeine, I encourage you to do that before continuing.
Initial side effects
I listed some of the potential side effects of removing caffeine in the last post. With that being said, the only side effects that I noticed were headaches (for a couple of days) and some mild irritability.
I can’t conclude that these side effects had anything to do with the caffeine. I was diagnosed with both a sinus and ear infection around the time I started this experiment, explaining the headaches. The irritability could have been related to the fact that my wife and I have been binge watching How to Get Away with Murder. It’s a dark and heavy show and I’m sure it has impacted my mood somewhat.
Regardless of the causes of the aforementioned side effects, I would say that quitting caffeine had little to no negative impacts on me.
Overall Changes I’ve noticed
As expected, I have been less anxious overall since I stopped consuming caffeine. I notice that I am calmer and that I have gotten less overwhelmed with day-to-day demands, despite all of the transitions I’ve been through lately.
Before removing caffeine, I struggled with getting my full 8 hours of sleep each night, despite making time for it. If I woke up in the middle of the night, falling back to sleep was not always guaranteed. This doesn’t happen nearly as often now and I’m waking up feeling more rested.
With regards to the workplace, I used to consume coffee as a way to keep myself alert. What would often happen is that I’d crash around 1 or 2, then completely lack motivation for the rest of the workday. I believe that I’ve been more productive and focused at work since I removed the caffeine. I’ve also been a lot more productive on my blog, establishing a posting schedule of three posts weekly.
Given the aforementioned improvements, I’ve decided to keep caffeine out of my diet for good. I have replaced my morning coffee with ginger tea, which I hear has anti-inflammatory benefits. I’ve also found that doing 30-40 mins of yoga/stretching in the morning gives me a better boost of energy than coffee ever did.
As always, thanks for reading! Have you ever given up caffeine? What changes did you notice?
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