What Happened When I Went 5 Days Without Caffeine

What Happened When I Went 5 Days Without Caffeine

I have a strong love for coffee, and I have for years. It started slowly in high school when I got my first job. My school was right beside a coffee shop and I found myself stopping there on my lunch break quite frequently to pick up an afternoon latte. After high school was when I started having a daily cup of coffee in the morning and then it reached an all-time high when I eventually started working at Starbucks. It has declined since and I now average about 2-3 cups per day.

I would consider myself to be quite dependent on caffeine so I wanted to see what would happen if I stopped drinking it. Here’s what happened when I went 5 days without caffeine:

Day One

Day one started out okay. I missed having my morning cup of coffee while I got ready, but it wasn’t the end of the world. By mid-morning I still hadn’t felt like I had properly woken up yet and a terrible caffeine headache set in. I knew this would happen but it felt worse than I remembered. Overall my day just felt incomplete without coffee.

Day Two

I woke up with my caffeine headache on day two. Nothing would lift it so I didn’t bother taking any aspirin. I managed to get through my day but felt completely drained by 4 pm, which is unusual for me. My caffeine headache finally let up a bit right before bed and I ended up going to sleep really early.

Day Three

I woke up headache-free, which was really nice. Another bonus was that I also wasn’t as tired! I felt fine throughout the day and thought maybe I could handle this no coffee thing. By 4 pm again though I was completely exhausted and had a hard time focusing. I was having a conversation with my mom and had to really fixate on what she was saying and even then I was having a hard time paying attention. By 8 it felt like the middle of the night and I ended up going to bed right then.

Day Four

I woke up fine on day four, but I think that largely had to do with the fact that I got 10 hours of sleep the night before. All things considered, I would say this was the best I had felt; though I had to actively stop myself from picking up a latte on the way home. I felt so good that I hadn’t even registered that I wasn’t drinking coffee until I was almost to the cafe.

Day Five

Something shifted overnight and day five was by far the worst day. It started by waking up craving coffee and I thought about it all throughout the day. I was really close to caving on numerous occasions and tried to keep busy in order to distract myself from my craving. I made it through successfully, but it was hard.


Needless to say, I went right back to drinking coffee after the five days were up. I don’t think that having a bit of caffeine is a bad thing, I was more so just curious what would happen if I gave it up. It’s definitely something that I want to keep as part of my daily routine as I thoroughly enjoy it.

Are you a coffee drinker?

  • Erin Russell

    I honestly hate how I rely on coffee, I cannot function by lunch time without it – everything feels clouded like I am still half asleep – but I love sitting with a cuppa in my hands, the ritual of having one is what I enjoy most I think – so I don’t think I would want to give it up now!

    Erin || MakeErinOver

    • I’m right there with you Erin! The whole experience is so enjoyable to me and the fact that it makes me feel more alert/awake is just an added bonus!

  • Katie

    This was so interesting, good on you for completing it! I’m not a huge coffee fan but I’m definitely addicted to soda, I don’t think I could go two days without it x


    • Thanks, Katie! I love it too, which is a habit I’m trying to break, though I haven’t been successful yet!

  • As an avid coffee drinker this was so interesting, great post idea! I get coffee headaches a lot, but I cant stop drinking it because I rely on it so much!

    Courtney | Lashes and Luxe

  • I have to have my daily coffee, it’s in my routine and I feel like something is missing if I don’t have it! I guess it’s the same with doing my make up or having my morning cereal. I try and avoid coffee on the weekends but I always end up getting a coffee headache, which is so annoying! x

    Ariadna || RAWR BOWS

  • I completely hear you on needing that caffeine! If I don’t get my cup of coffee, I’m feeling a headache by about 3 or 4 in the afternoon! I hate that I’ve become dependent on it, but I love coffee and it just becomes a habit to drink it everyday! I always wondered if I could switch to decaf coffee, so I could enjoy the taste but kick the caffeine addiction!


    • I don’t think I could do decaf. As much as I love the taste of coffee, I love the energy it gives me too haha

  • I’m not a coffee drinker but I do love tea. I love the smell of coffee but I hate the taste.

    Jennifer | Mrs Q Beauty

  • I used to be a total caffeine addict but started feeling really dry and dehydrated all the time. Not to mention I always had a headache either from not having my coffee, to having too much coffee. One of my new years resolutions was to stop drinking coffee for a month but I’ve made it through to November. I still drink tea occasionally, and when I’m out with friends I’ll grab myself a chai or hot chocolate. X

    Sally – DiagonSally