Many of us have developed a habit to drink a cup of coffee every morning when we get up. It is the first thing we do when we get up. When we practice this for a long period of time, the first morning we do not have a cup of coffee will make us experience uncomfortable headache and poor concentration. These two symptoms will continue if we decide to completely give up the coffee, since the main ingredient of it is doing a lot of harm to our health.
Caffeine is not considered to be a drug, but we develop addiction to it with only a cup of coffee each day over a certain period of time. Therefore, when we choose not to consume it anymore, the caffeine withdrawal symptoms appear.
Caffeine withdrawal symptoms
Caffeine can be found in many products as an ingredient, and it is believed to be the most available and inexpensive stimulant, which is definitely widely used. The main caffeine withdrawal symptoms are fatigue, pain in the muscles, dizziness and even fever, apart from already mentioned headaches and poor concentration.
Several studies have been carried out and they revealed that there are five groups of withdrawal symptoms that occur when one is giving up the consumption of caffeine. Some people only experience headache, while on the other hand, there are those who experience just dysphoric mood, which refers to depression and irritability. Furthermore, the third group of people who are on caffeine withdrawal experience fatigue and drowsiness, while the forth group experiences poor concentration. The people of the fifth group tend to have flu like symptoms like nausea, vomiting and discomforts in the muscles.
Duration of caffeine withdrawal
The symptoms typically begin to appear 12 to 14 hours from the last consumption of caffeine based drink or a product. In the first and second day, the symptoms are the most intense and reach the peak. What will be the intensity of the symptoms depends on the daily dosage of caffeine that used to be consumed. The people who consumed high amounts of caffeine will have considerably more intense symptoms as compared to those who just drink a cup of coffee per day. It is observed that the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal may last from two to nine days.
There is a number of scientists who also claim that people do not develop addiction to caffeine since the abstinence from it is easily achieved and people can easily stop consuming it.