What are the symptoms?
The symptoms depend on the person and their level of caffeine consumption.
- Reduced alertness, concentration, thinking
- Depressed behavior
- Headaches -- these are some of the most common
- Irritability -- this is also a very common one
- Muscle aches
- Sinus congestion
When do the withdrawal symptoms occur?
These symptoms often start between 12 and 14 hours after the caffeine consumption has stopped. Once the consumption has been stopped for 24 to 48 hours, the symptoms are often at their worst. Generally, the more caffeine a person has consumed, the worse their symptoms will be.
No matter the reason for someone to give up caffeine or they go an extended period of time without it for whatever reason, these symptoms will happen. Nearly half of people who consume coffee who then give it up experience the withdrawal symptoms; 13 percent of these people will experience severe symptoms.
What to do about it?
Well, the best solution is to go and get yourself some coffee, tea, or even soda (if that is the only caffeine source you have on hand). If you can't find coffee quickly, then shopping from Coffeevines is a great way to reduce your caffeine withdrawals. If you have purposefully cut it out of the diet, then you can wean yourself off of it. If you are a big coffee fan but cannot handle the caffeine or want it out of your diet, then buy decaf coffee. You can also find caffeine-free tea.