What makes sudden caffeine withdrawal with your body


We explain why you should not go completely overnight to caffeine withdrawal and what causes the weaning.

Help, caffeine withdrawal!

Are you one of those people who can not even get out of the house without a cup of coffee, let alone into the office, without turning over? And who equates the sentence “The coffee maker is broken” with the lowest level of hell? Then you have probably already thought about a cold caffeine withdrawal – after all , coffee in moderation is considered very healthy, more than four to five cups per day can have negative consequences. And what real coffee junkie drinks only four cups a day?

Health: Am I addicted to coffee? 

From a daily cup of coffee over time often quite a few times more – and the more we drink, the higher our tolerance to caffeine . In short, we would have to drink more and more to maintain the awakening effect of the stimulant in the long run at a constant level, as the body gets used to the intake. Although doctors argue about whether caffeine can actually lead to a medical addiction that can occur due to a sudden coffee withdrawal symptoms, but is proven.

Symptoms: This is how a caffeine deprivation affects your body

If you have tested caffeine deprivation overnight, you probably gave it up as quickly and grabbed coffee again. Lack of caffeine can be felt by some very unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. These include:

  • a headache
  • sleep disorders
  • Inner unrest
  • Visual and / or hearing disorders
  • constipation

Effect: What does caffeine actually do in the body?

It only takes 30 minutes for the beloved cup of coffee to work. And she pushes our body up to four hours by:

  • Making the heart beat faster,
  • increases the heart rate and blood pressure,
  • the concentration increases,
  • the fatigue lowers,
  • The blood vessels constrict, relieving headaches
  • and improves the oxygenation of the muscles.

No wonder the body starts to whine when the caffeine suddenly stops, right?

But why does that happen?

Different receptors in the brain are responsible for making us relax and not overwhelm ourselves. These include the so-called adenosine receptors: when the substance adenosine docks on them, we almost go down and it is the production of dopamine and norepinephrine, which push us normally, throttled. The effect: The heartbeat is calmed, we find rather to rest. If we drink coffee, instead of adenosine caffeine docks on the receptors. This has exactly the opposite effect – the body wants rest, but is stimulated. 

Whoever drinks a lot of coffee every day, gets used to the body as I said and puts him in constant stress. The brain responds by producing even more adenosine to enforce its required calm. If there is now a sudden caffeine withdrawal, there is an imbalance between adenosine and the associated activating messenger substances. This imbalance is noticeable by the symptoms mentioned in coffee withdrawal.

Caffeine reduction: How is the withdrawal right?

Because of the possible complaints you should not do without coffee completely from one day to the next. Instead, it makes sense to almost eliminate the caffeine: First, replace only one of your daily cups of coffee, for example, with herbal tea. Every two to three days you replace a coffee with tea. 

Tip: Start the weaning one to two days before the weekend, so you do not have to sit at work with the resulting headache. Also make sure that you generally take in enough liquid – preferably water, of course, but tea is also allowed. Otherwise, it is best to distract yourself as much as possible from the thought of coffee – the withdrawal symptoms should have subsided after a few days, a maximum of two weeks.