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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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?