5 Awesome Things That Happened When I Quit Coffee



Almost two months ago, I decided to quit caffeine. To some, this might not seem like a big deal. But for all my jittery, six-cups-a-day friends out there, the idea of giving up that Venti double-shot cup of joy is about as pleasant as we are at 7 a.m.

I won’t lie, it wasn’t easy. Caffeine addiction is legit, and the withdrawal symptoms—including exhaustion, headaches, and the vague desire to yell at everyone who looked at me funny—caused me to cave in more than once.

But I am happy to announce that I am officially caffeine-free, and the results have been amazing.

Here are five awesome things that happened when I kicked my coffee habit:

1. I get real sleep.

It may sound totally obvious, but I didn’t realize how much damage coffee was actually doing to my sleep schedule.

It used to take me ages to fall asleep, because even though my body was exhausted my brain was still operating at hyper-speed. And after I finally fell asleep, I often had strange, vivid dreams or woke up several times during the night.

But those days are no more. Even though I still sleep the same number of hours per night, I am able to fall asleep almost instantly, and I wake up feeling more human than zombie.

2. I lost weight.

Yep, you heard me right. I dropped five pounds in three weeks by doing nothing other than drinking less coffee and more water. I have no idea if it was the decrease in sugar or simply the fact that I was hydrating properly, but the point is I lost five pounds. By. Doing. Nothing.

3. I haven’t had a headache since.

I used to get massive headaches every week or two, and sometimes they were so bad that I would have to skip class or work.

My doctor attributed them to stress, but it seems like caffeine was the real culprit. I got these same headaches more frequently in the first two weeks of quitting, but I haven’t had another one since.

4. I’m more relaxed.

You know that jittery feeling normal people get after one cup too many? That was me—all the time. I was crazy-eyed, restless, and talked faster than I could think. Now, I’m cool as a cucumber, and people can actually understand what I’m saying. Double win.

5. I have more energy.

It seems completely counterintuitive, but in the past month, I’ve had more energy than ever from normal stuff, like sleep, water and exercise. The best part? No 3 p.m. crash.

Bottom Line

We’ve all heard before that too much caffeine is bad, and it was affecting me more than I realized. Kicking the habit wasn’t easy, but with results are this good, it’s worth it.

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  • Kyle

    Let’s not forget that there are many, many studies which show a) moderate intake of caffeine is not bad for you, and b) coffee offers a myriad of health benefits when not overused. This is silly.

    • Elly

      Silly? I’m sure the writer is quite able to speak for herself as to the benefits that quitting coffee had for her. As for caffeine, I think the idea of it being a health supplement is absurd. It’s a drug, and like all drugs, it affects different people in different ways.

    • jakshadows

      I agree – there are indeed plenty of studies that show coffee (and caffeine in general) and the positive effects it can have. However, I can’t deny an individual’s experiences, and if the writer is enjoying her caffeine-free life, I say go for it. Even as I sip from a cup of La Colombe’s finest.

    • Chris

      Silly? Your being that guy. Dont be that guy.

  • Jebediah Smith

    Interesting, and Quite Humorous Article, well-written, and truthful. As a coffee drinker (for medicinal purposes in the Corps) of 40+ years easy, I worry about these 12 year olds sucking down java. And respectfully, Kyle, me and most I know overuse….Called addiction…and yeah, reckon I am…but as addictions go, not as bad a killer as most, till you get my age. They got studies for that too. Study all ya want. The truth of a young Caffeine Addict, with great personal humor, which managed to connect with this old Man… Well, to me, it’s refreshing. Looking forward to another unique and well written observation of life from Youth (that doesn’t seem to change, thru time). There are some things that don’t change about living. Ms. Welch, I joined here because I look forward to your next youthful observation (without judgement, which was real special) published.

  • brad

    Coffee is good

  • Julio Teixeira

    Good article!

    I stopped coffee too after 13 years of daily consumption.

    I’m WAY less paranoid and jittery.

    If you suffer from anxiety, coffee is poison.

    Although, for most people, one or two cups is ok, specially if it’s in the morning.

  • Elly

    For health reasons, a month ago I greatly lowered my coffee strength and quantity. So far I’ve seen nothing but good. My nose used to run like a faucet every day, but now it doesn’t. Also, it turns out that caffeine was increasing my appetite and sugar cravings, so now I no longer snack pointlessly.

  • jakshadows

    I enjoy everything about coffee. I don’t get much of a caffeine high or anything like that, which means if I have to go without it, I don’t experience any negative effects. But I love the flavor, and it’s a great treat for me in general. And with all the benefits you get from coffee/caffeine, it seems like one of the better treats I can indulge in without feeling any guilt whatsoever.