Last year my fiancé Agnes lived without caffeine for 10 days to see how it would affect her, I wanted to try it myself.
Her research showed that 10 days should be enough to go completely off caffeine, including withdrawals.
This intrigued me, as an avid coffee drinker since high school. I’ve never thought of giving coffee up, I haven’t seen the point. But I have to ask myself, am I really enjoying coffee, or is it an addiction? Can I even function as a human without caffeine, or will I get terrible withdrawals? Time to find out.
I’m doing this during the darkest months of the year in Stockholm (Sweden), so we only get a few hours of light every day. Will I stop being productive? Will I snap at people? I’m a little worried to be honest, but also excited to find out!
Day one, Monday 2021.01.18
Almost lunchtime and so far so good. The morning wasn’t bad at all but I’m feel a little drowsy and slow.
To be clear, I’m not naturally a morning person, but I am really strict with my sleep schedule because I had insomnia growing up.
Afternoon meetings were really hard to focus on. Felt oddly warm and comfortable, and almost dozed off more than once.
Day two, Tuesday 2021.01.19
Morning felt fine. Felt sluggish at lunch, but that could just be my normal lunch time coma.
Feeling some slight headache coming and going. And warmer than usual. I’m naturally always cold. Temperatures under 25C is just not for me. But I don’t know if caffeine withdrawal can have this effect?
The headache persisted the entire day. Just getting slowly worse until I went to bed.
Day three, Wednesday 2021.01.20
Not a great day. I woke up at 4am from a headache and couldn’t fall back asleep. Felt ok all morning, but then after lunch something strange happened…
I feel great. I feel awake. Like I’ve just had a pot of coffee without the jitters. This is really odd.
Day four, Thursday 2021.01.21
I feel great! Not what I’d call energetic, but I’m not tired at all. I feel calmer, and warmer, than usual. This is actually quite great, though I do miss drinking coffee.
I can’t believe how many drinks have caffeine in them. The only warm drink without caffeine I’ve found was some fancy red tea that smells and tastes like bubble gum. They haven’t been a great substitute… Also its warmer today which helps.
Day five, Friday 2021.01.22
I don’t feel as good as yesterday. But I still feel surprisingly springy in the morning. I discovered they serve decaf espresso at a local coffee shop, which really helps still the hunger for drinking something warm.
Day six & seven, weekend
I felt great. Energetic, focused, and calm. Woke up hungover one morning and that was annoying but still no real craving for coffee.
Day eight, Monday 2021.01.25
I slept well. Woke up early and had a massively productive day. Was focused without hardly a break from 8am to 9pm. And I felt great!
Day nine, Tuesday 2021.01.26
Slept badly and really feeling like I need a coffee. But oddly, as the days goes on, I need it less and less. Actually feeling pretty springy and energetic now at 2pm. This was rarely the case when I was drinking coffee.
Day ten, Wednesday 2021.01.27
That’s it, this is the last day. I did it! And it’s strange.
Feels like this wasn’t as hard as I had thought it would be. Almost like I wanted there to be more problems? Which is a strange thing to want.
I feel great though. I feel rested, and despite a few bad nights I’m not very tired during the day.
When I do get tired, it feels more like a calm sleepiness rather than the abrupt mental cliffs I experienced before.
I’m excited about having coffee again. But also kind of worried how it will make me feel. I’ll have to follow this up with a post about going back on coffee.