It took about 7 days for me and 9 days for Michael but we are finally free of any caffeine withdrawal symptoms! I feel great. I have to say that I was shocked I even had withdrawal in the first place. Granted my tea consumption was edging up from 1 green tea a day to 2 or 3 cups, and some of those cups were becoming black tea, and some of those cups were becoming giant mugs…but still! I suppose I really can't complain my withdrawal symptoms were quite mild: slightly restless sleep, some lethargy, a low grade headache and it was a bit harder to focus on the task at hand. Michael had it a bit worse with some extreme brain fog, restless sleep, and some anxiety. We both found that each day was gradually better once the symptoms peaked (day 1 for Michael, day 2.5 for me) - which is something you can look forward to if you decide to break your habit.
Michael has decided that now that he is 'clean' he is not going to start up again until at least January - I think that is a great plan, but I am not going to follow it! I really miss my green tea. I plan on having one normal sized cup of green tea first thing Monday morning. My long term plan is to make sure that my consumption remains moderate. Wish me luck.
I have added a new page to my website on Caffeine Use and Withdrawal that is full of information and strategies to get the monkey off your back. Even if you have no plans to quit your caffeine check it out, it has some interesting information abou
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