On April 9/14, after my last exam, I decided to stop drinking coffee and tea. At that time, I was drinking 3 cups of coffee/tea a day, I was getting 5 hours of sleep a night, I was eating terribly and I felt like crap. Did I mention the weight gain?
How did things get so bad?
In a recent article in the Globe and Mail, Tralee Pearce talks about the cravings that caffeine trigger. She shares information from Murray Carpenter’s book, Caffeinated: How Our Daily Habit Helps, Hurts and Hooks Us. Murray says that in its purest form caffeine would be indistinguishable from cocaine!
And as of March 2013, caffeine withdrawal is now a mental disorder! So, if I drink coffee regularly (which I was), I and I stop (which I did), I may have a mental disorder. Great.
Caffeine Informer provides a list of possible symptoms, of which I have experienced at least 7 of the 10 symptoms. I think the most prominent has been lethargy. Caffeine Informer says it well “Lethargy: Forget about productivity at this stage because you’ll be unmotivated to do anything”.
If you take take caffeine away from a dependent person, they will function below par. This statement is true, based on my experience. I missed my blog last week, I am having trouble doing my school work, and I have been sooooooo tired.
Is there anyone else out there who is a recovering caffeine addict like me?