Coffee contains a powerful psychoactive chemical called caffeine. This chemical is the most widely used psychoactive drug in the world. Caffeine can affect the neural activity of your brain and temporarily give you increased awareness and alertness and reduce fatigue.
However, as you consume more of this substance, you may become addicted and experience withdrawal-like physical symptoms when you stop drinking coffee.
This feeling of withdrawal is what is known as the “caffeine crash”. Symptoms usually start 12 to 24 hours after your last cup of coffee. Here are the most common symptoms that you may experience.
A caffeine crash is another way of saying caffeine withdrawal. Symptoms are very similar to withdrawal symptoms because IT IS withdrawal.
Some people may be more susceptible to caffeine crashes due to their body’s lack of ability to metabolize caffeine. Research suggests that some people have genetic markers that increase the likelihood of them becoming heavy coffee drinkers.
The half-life of coffee is around 6 hours to remove half the caffeine from your body for a normal adult. If you want to avoid the negative effects and never experience a caffeine crash, it would be best to wait until the caffeine completely leaves your body after 48 hours.
Here are the most common symptoms of a caffeine crash.
Headaches are a common symptom of caffeine withdrawal. However, surprisingly, caffeine can also relieve headaches, which is why it is included in many popular pain relievers. The secret is… never stop drinking coffee!
All jokes aside from caffeine reduce inflammation and relieve the most common headaches. Oddly enough, this can also be the cause of caffeine headaches. Since the reduction in inflammation narrows the blood vessels around your brain, once you stop drinking coffee, they dilate again, causing pain.
These headaches will stop once your body gets used to the increased blood flow again. An ice pack or a little rest will also help with your problems.
Many of us drink caffeine daily to give us the energy we need to get through the day. It makes sense that once you stop drinking coffee, you feel fatigued because you aren’t getting the caffeine your body depends on for energy.
Drinking less caffeine can make you sleepy and tired. This is because when caffeine enters your body, it is absorbed by your small intestine and eventually passes through your bloodstream to your brain. It then inhibits your adenosine receptors which are supposed to control your drowsiness and helps you sleep. Once you stop drinking caffeine, the accumulated adenosine will finally have a chance to bind to your adenosine receptors and make you feel fatigued and fatigued.
Studies of regular coffee drinkers show that not drinking coffee for 16 hours is enough to make you feel tired.
Your body also excretes cortisol in response to coffee consumption. If you drink several cups of coffee, the effects of caffeine wane and your body stops producing cortisol. This cortisol is what is needed for our bodies to feel awake and energized.
We’ve all noticed that coffee drinkers can get annoyed more easily before their first cup of the day. This is due to the lack of caffeine and a caffeine crash from not drinking coffee for more than 8 hours.
Coffee and caffeine only linger in the body for 4-6 hours and after a full night’s sleep, this is enough time for our body to start experiencing withdrawal symptoms.
If that particular person drinks coffee for their energy, it might seem like it uplifts their mood. Caffeine also has mood-enhancing effects that can make coffee drinkers irritable before their morning cup of coffee.
4. Difficulty concentrating
As previously stated, caffeine arouses the nervous system by blocking the absorption of adenosine, which causes drowsiness. It also releases dopamine and other neurotransmitters that make you more alert.
It is the perfect combination of effects to increase focus, which is one of the reasons why so many people around the world drink coffee. However, in comparison, once your coffee wears off you may have difficulty concentrating.
By constantly relying on caffeine to increase your heart rate, blood pressure, and release chemicals to improve alertness and focus, it negatively affects your body’s natural ability to focus. As a result, you may find it difficult to concentrate as your body is used to caffeine.
Caffeine also increases the level of adrenaline in the body. This is a hormone produced by the adrenal gland, also known as the fight or flight hormone, which is usually released in response to stress. As adrenaline circulates through your blood vessels, your brain becomes fully oxygenated and focused on the laser because your brain is preparing to fight or run.
This allows you to easily accomplish cognitive tasks that you may find difficult when you are not full of caffeine and adrenaline.
If you drink a lot of coffee a day and stop drinking it cold, you may feel anxious. This is because your body is physically and mentally dependent on caffeine, and stopping caffeine as a result of not consuming coffee can cause withdrawal anxiety.
This is especially the case if you usually drink your coffee with sugar additives. By cutting out your coffee, you are also potentially cutting out a lot of the sugar that you usually drink. Animal studies have shown that removing sugar can cause symptoms of anxiety.
Coffee can already cause anxiety because it is a stimulant that increases heart rate and blood pressure. It also releases cortisol and epinephrine which are stress hormones.
Anxiety is one of the most common symptoms in people who have stopped drinking coffee.
If you’ve ever had any of these symptoms after cutting out coffee, you may have experienced coffee-related anxiety:
- Rapid heart rate
Normal caffeine can cause symptoms very similar to anxiety if you drink enough. If you are anxious, drinking coffee can make your symptoms worse.
6. Accident of compound sugar
If you drink coffee with sugar, milk, honey, or syrup, you may have a drop in sugar along with your drop in caffeine. Your blood sugar is one of your body’s energy sources, and because you consume sugar, your body creates insulin to absorb and use glucose.
After awhile your blood sugar will drop and it’s a sugar crash. This can create a feeling of lethargy and can make you hungry, irritable, anxious and many other symptoms of a caffeine crash. If you ate a pastry with your coffee, that would also add to this effect.
How to prevent the caffeine crash
Any coffee drinker has probably had a caffeine crash in their life and would never want to experience it again. Due to physical addiction, the caffeine crash usually results from prolonged periods without coffee.
There are several ways to prevent caffeine-related accidents. Either be less dependent on caffeine and identify the reason why we drink so much coffee. Or stop drinking caffeine and coffee to no longer depend on them physically.
Here are some reasons why you can drink coffee and how to stop relying so much on caffeine.
Stop drinking coffee for energy
We have all started drinking coffee because it stimulates our brain and gives us the energy we need to face the day.
However, over time our body builds up a tolerance to coffee and more specifically to caffeine, so that we no longer get an energy boost. However, we still experience all of the negative side effects of caffeine addiction.
Mithridatism is the practice of ingesting small amounts of poison to develop resistance. This is basically what we do when we drink caffeine every day.
Instead, you should try to stop drinking so much coffee and focus on getting a good night’s sleep.
How coffee affects sleep
Many of us will turn to a cup of coffee to remedy a bad night’s sleep, but that coffee can actually make us roll over and over in bed. Even if you don’t drink coffee before bed, the half-life of coffee is 6 hours, so even after 12 hours, 25% of the caffeine in your coffee is circulating in your bloodstream.
You can use what is called the “coffee cycle” which tires you out and uses excessive amounts of coffee and caffeine to remedy a problem caused by itself.
By drinking less coffee, you will see an improvement in the quality of your sleep and, as a result, you will be well rested and more energetic the next day.
A regular sleep schedule of 8 hours or more is not only effective in promoting good health, but also prevents you from overeating caffeine and caffeine crashes.
Hydration keeps caffeine from crashing
Water is an important part of preventing caffeine accidents. This is because you can be dehydrated without even knowing it!
You don’t have to pass out to be dehydrated. When you feel tired and unproductive at work, think to yourself, “Did I drink water today? Instead of having a cup of coffee.
A 1998 study showed that 75 of Americans are chronically dehydrated and are not even aware of it.
Another study showed that only one percent dehydration reduced work productivity by 12 percent and it only got worse from there. At 3-4 percent dehydration, it can increase worker productivity by 25 percent.
By staying hydrated and drinking the recommended amount of 11 cups of fluid per day, you will feel much more energized and focused without overloading with caffeine.
Don’t stop drinking cold turkey coffee
If you drink coffee regularly, you have already developed a physical dependence on coffee. By stopping the cold turkey at the cafe, you will experience a breakdown and withdrawal from caffeine.
Your best bet is to slowly wean yourself off coffee by slowly decreasing the amount of coffee each day. Just slowly decrease the amount you drink per day until you are finished drinking coffee.
There have been studies that show that regular caffeine drinkers who quit abruptly experience moderate to severe headaches, mood swings, and fatigue.
Solve Caffeine-Related Crashes
If you feel tired after drinking your coffee, you may have a caffeine crash. You can avoid caffeine crashes by using caffeine correctly, getting proper rest, hydrating yourself, and slowly drinking less coffee.
This doesn’t mean you should stop drinking coffee, but use caffeine in a healthier, more sustainable way.