20 Awesome Benefits of Quitting Caffeine or Coffee

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Billions of people worldwide drink coffee or some form of caffeine every day.

Although caffeine is generally accepted as safe for consumption in moderation, there are some solid benefits to breaking the habit and quitting coffee, energy drinks, tea, soda etc..

1. Break the Addiction

In most people caffeine is an addictive substance to some degree, although some would describe it as highly addictive.

Depending on a substance to function normally or even stay awake, can become a vicious cycle. It changes our brain’s chemistry resulting in the need for more of the substance to achieve the desired results.

Quitting caffeine or coffee breaks the cycle and frees us from needing a daily drug to function normally.

2. Financial Savings

The cost of a caffeine addiction can add up and thousands of dollars a year could be saved if you quit.

Lendingtree.com has a helpful calculator that shows you exactly how much you’re spending on your beverage of choice.

Above we have listed the average cost of just one beverage a day, now multiply that by the number you have each day and it quickly adds up.

Two Starbucks Lattes per day would cost $2,665 a year!

3. Lower Blood Pressure

Caffeine can raise your blood pressure a few points and even more in some people.1

Quitting coffee or caffeine can lower your blood pressure and keep your heart from working as hard.
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4. Better Sleep

Caffeine can greatly reduce the amount and quality of sleep.2 Drinking coffee or energy drinks too late in the day can interfere with getting to sleep since the half-life of caffeine is 4-6 hours.

Even people who have no caffeine after 12 noon report a better quality of sleep after quitting caffeine.

5. Better Mood

Caffeine alters the mood. Many report being grumpy until they’ve had their morning coffee and others feel lethargic when the caffeine begins to wear off in the afternoon.

Quitting can even out the ups and downs.

6. Decreased Anxiety

Many people report that caffeine increases their anxiety levels. This has to do with how caffeine stimulates the adrenal glands.3

Quitting coffee or caffeine can make you feel less anxious, especially if you are prone to anxiety issues.

7. Fewer Headaches

Caffeine is a major trigger for headaches. Any alteration in your normal daily caffeine consumption can result in a caffeine withdrawal headache.

Caffeine can also be a migraine trigger.

8. Convenience

  • Imagine never having to stop at Starbucks on the way to work?
  • Imagine never having to stop by the convenience store for a Red Bull?
  • Imagine erasing making coffee from your morning routine?
  • Imagine a backpacking trip without packing caffeine pills or the extra weight of coffee making equipment?

Being addicted to coffee, energy drinks, or soda creates inconvenience in our lives since we need the drug to function.

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9. Fewer Trips to the Bathroom

Caffeinated beverages cause us to urinate more often and in some people even can cause incontinence.

Caffeine also stimulates the smooth muscles of the colon, which cause them to contract.

This can be challenging during meetings, road trips, or when bathrooms aren’t convenient.

Quitting can reduce the need to use the bathroom as often, especially in the mornings.

10. Healthier Teeth

Coffee and tea stain teeth and acidic & sweet energy drinks or sodas erode tooth enamel and can cause tooth decay.

Eliminating these beverages results in whiter and healthier teeth.

11. Weight Loss

Unless you drink your coffee black. Caffeinated beverages generally add empty calories to our diets that we don’t really need.

Many experts say that sugary beverages are a huge component of the obesity epidemic plaguing the western world.4

A study from Victoria University found that when caffeine is in a sugary beverage it causes people to consumed more of that sugary beverage compared to a sugary beverage without caffeine.5

  • Quitting just a one Monster Energy Drink/day habit saves 200 calories per day, 1,400 calories a week, or 73,000 calories a year!
  • Quitting just 1 Starbucks Vanilla Latte/day saves 250 calories per day, 1,750 calories a week, or 91,250 calories a year!
  • Quitting a 16 fl.oz. Coke/day habit saves 239 calories a day, 1,673 calories a week, or 87,235 calories a year!

12. Healthier Diet

Bottled coffees, teas, energy drinks, and sodas often contain an assortment of preservatives designed to give them a longer shelf-life.

These preservatives can have adverse health effects and some are even banned by other countries.

Sugar-free energy drinks and sodas contain artificial sweeteners that also can negatively affect your health.

Cutting these out of your diet can be beneficial to your overall long-term good health.

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13. Cleaner Environment

Caffeine addiction places a tremendous strain on our natural resources. Think of the number of plastic bottles, cans, and cups that have to be produced in order to meet the demand.

Americans discard about 33.6 million tons of plastic each year, but only 6.5 percent of it is recycled and 7.7 percent is combusted in waste-to-energy facilities, which create electricity or heat from garbage. The rest ends up in landfills where it may take up to 1,000 years to decompose..” – State of The Planet

Also, caffeine has been showing up in municipal water supplies because of all the discarded coffee grounds.

Quitting caffeine reduces your environmental footprint.

14. Caffeine Will Work Again

Consuming caffeine daily quickly causes the human body to build up tolerance. The same dose of caffeine then causes a person to achieve a sense of normal rather than the euphoric feelings it once did.

Quitting resets your body’s caffeine tolerance, allowing it to work really well on the occasions you really need it to.

15. Possible Drug Interactions

Caffeine can interact with other medications causing them to not work as they should.

Giving up caffeine eliminates this risk.

16. No More Jitters

One of the leading side-effects of caffeine or coffee consumption is jitters or shaky hands. This can range from annoying to even debilitating for some people.

Quitting can give you your steady hands back.

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17. Less Risk of Cardiac Events

Caffeine stimulates the heart muscle causing it to beat with more forceful contractions.

While this isn’t problematic for most people, those with underlying heart conditions can be at risk. People can be unaware that they even have a heart disorder until they begin to consume caffeine and the damage is done.

18. Increased Productivity

What would you do with an extra hour every day? Those addicted to caffeine can easily waste an hour standing in line at the coffee shop, making trips to the break room talking to coworkers along the way, and stopping at convenience stores.

The time saved could be used for an extra hour of sleep instead!

19. Reduced Type 2 Diabetes Risk

While black coffee actually has been shown to reduce diabetes risk, drinking sugary coffee and caffeinated beverages actually increase your risk of diabetes.

People who consume sugary drinks regularly—1 to 2 cans a day or more—have a 26% greater risk of developing type 2 diabetes” – Harvard School of Public Health6

20. Better Health

Many research studies point to the health benefits of coffee and tea because of their antioxidant properties. However, this isn’t true for all caffeinated beverages.

Soda, energy drinks, and processed coffee and tea products most likely have a negative impact on your long-term health.

People who drink mainly water report more natural energy, better overall feelings of wellness, better sleep, and healthier skin.

Should You Quit?

If you are a slave to your coffee mug or energy drink, then you already know the answer. The real question becomes, how am I going to quit without failing my day-to-day responsibilities?!wean caffeine

If that’s the case, then consider a product we endorse called Wean Caffeine to help you detox without withdrawal symptoms.

Wean Caffeine allows you to gradually cut down on caffeine systematically so that you can take back control of your natural energy levels while not losing control of your life.

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  • CBark

    Have you considered revising this article to be more specifically about reducing rather than quitting caffeine? I’m fairly caffeine sensitive myself (I don’t get any benefits from drinking coffee– after a cup I’ll typically get diarrhea right away, and then severe anxiety later), but even I can still drink some kinds of (weakly brewed) caffeinated tea.

    The key here is to know your own body. Watch closely for signs of jitteriness, anxiety (i.e. bad mood or hyperreactivity to sensory stimuli, not just outright panic attacks), gastrointestinal discomfort (such as gas), etc. If you can drink coffee without getting these kinds negative effects a lot of the time (our bodies are not always going to react the same) or more, you’re probably fine to keep drinking it.

    However, I will say that even if you don’t notice any symptoms, if your doctor has identified any glandular or hormonal problems in your body (which I think is far more common than most people think), you might want to steer clear as caffeine (especially with sugar) WILL mess with your recovery.

  • henli1000

    The greeks used to believe that exercise reduce your lifespan, and it made sense for obvious reason, you get tired.

    Medical community used to believe that coffee is bad for the circulatory system, for obvious reason, it increases blood pressure.

    The reason for the massive studies is actually to prove this thesis, where they tried to find correlation between amount of consumption and medical problems, because they’ve been telling people this for decades.

    The conclusion of these studies shows them how little they actually know about the complexity of the human body. Coffee, over the long term, is actually exercising your circulatory system and reduce risks of stroke and heart disease.

    Sugar is really what’s killing us.

  • Ted

    The research studies are linked to in each of the reasons above.

  • Harold91

    Roughly drank 2.5 liters of cola a day at one point. In undergrad at university, I was probably averaging 1200 mg of caffeine a day with energy drinks, bodybuilding pre-workouts, coffees and espressos, plus my regular cola. Let’s just say my skin was bad, I was quickly obese BMI over 35, really fat, unhealthy, suffering from insomnia. I was so addicted to caffeine I would get killer headaches within just a few hours of not having any, and when I would get some, I’d still be yawning etc.
    My heart was racing at the gym one time and I said enough was enough. I quit cold turkey. Those next 2 weeks were brutal for me. It was torture. I can still feel it in my bones just remembering it. Killer throbbing headaches, clogged sinuses, runny nose, body aches, fatigue, lethargy, almost like a heroin junkie going through withdrawal. Which I was, since caffeine is a drug and an addictive one (obviously it’s not heroin). Ask yourself, do you drink more caffeine now than you did 5 years ago? Of course. Because as with all addictive drugs, our bodies build up tolerance. We need more to keep the effect going.
    But anyways, I quit cold turkey. Because I was so used to the taste in my diet, initially, I bought caffeine free Pepsi and colas. Same great taste, but no caffeine. This helped with the first month. So after about 14 days, I noticed a change. I didn’t get the throbbing headaches all day, I wasn’t as irritable, and wasn’t feeling like crap. I stopped taking aspirin or Tylenol when the headaches were too much (don’t want rebound headaches). The caffeine free cola helped. Then, I quit that after two weeks as well, and I started to drink water. I had a 2.2 liter water bottle, and I drank 2-3 of those a day. I kept track. It wasn’t until I’d say about my 4th month without any sugary colas or sodas that I noticed myself. Not only was my skin improved (lighter bags under eyes, lighter skin on neck, underarms, but I had actually lost about 32 pounds. My diet hadn’t changed, only that wherever I would have soda or a sugary drink, I had water. Plus, my sleep improved. I could fall asleep before midnight, wake up happier. My energy was REAL body energy, not just chemical energy telling my brain that I was focused or energized. My vision even improved. About 6 months after caffeine, I had a blood test done, my blood glucose plummeted, my cholesterol was even down, as was my body fat. I wasn’t even pre-hypertensive anymore. I had lost about 45 pounds at the 6 month mark.
    Now, it’s been about 4 years. I had had a can of coke or a coffee or a cup of tea, but it’s more like 1 every 5 months or so. And I always look for caffeine free options if I want a soda. But I am about 55 pounds lighter than at my heaviest, my bags are completely gone, I am actually at about 25 BMI, I can cycle, run, I sleep well.
    I would never give my kids caffeine. Why do they need it? Why is caffeine being added to shampoos and candies? I wouldn’t be surprised if soon, orange juice comes out with a caffeinated version. It’s an addictive drug. Please quit if you can. I can’t say our stories will be the same, but there is a reason you are viewing this page, just like me.

  • Kim

    Imglad you said that about taking a long time to regain energy, I quit drinking coffee almost 2 months ago and have mostly sluggish days. Gives me hope I will regain some energy.

  • Diana

    I have been taking caffeine pills everyday for almost 30 years plus coffee, sodas and Tea daily. I got hooked on pills when I was 14 years old (no-doz) and now I just turned 43. My health is almost ruined, not necessarily because of the caffeine, but I was living with headaches and fatigue daily because of the constant crashes and it was just a vicious cycle. This cycle of fatigue and forced alertness has almost ruined my eyesight and I have constant vertigo type symptoms because I can hardly focus on a single thing…my eyes are either jittery from taking a pill or severely tired when the crash comes..not to mention headaches all the time.. Anyway I quit the pills 7 days ago but still have 4 cups off coffee a day and in between I drink alot of water. Thankfully I have had only one serious day of hell so far where I thought I would die (it was so bad I wanted to die) But in general I feel so much better even after this short time. I hope the withdrawals don’t get worse….
    I do think caffeine in moderation does have beneficial effects but not the amount I have been taking for the majority of my life! I hope and pray I can continue to stay off of at least the pills and just be good with a few cups of coffee. I hate this addiction and the way I feel bad all the time. If I had known when I was 14 this lifelong addiction would happen, I would have never taken that first pill, I would have just taken a nap instead…

  • Diana

    Thanks for your story, It has given me hope and inspiration to get off this junk:)

  • Arthur

    Hi Diana – Thanks for your story and please know that you are not alone. I’ve been struggling to quit caffeine pills for the past 4-years after 16 years of abuse. My usage has increased to 1200mg’s/day and I’m so exhausted by the end of the day I can just collapse. I’m hoping that I can find the discipline to quit one of these days. Your story resonates with me and I appreciate you sharing. Hang in there!

  • Diana

    Arthur, it’s been over a week and I can’t believe how much better I feel without taking the pills. I am still drinking coffee twice a day but I am not having the headaches like I did and actually have more energy. It has helped though that I have been going to bed early to get extra sleep everyday and I have been taking b complex vitamins. Good luck to you and hope it goes well.

  • arthur

    Hi Diana – Just wanted to see how you are doing? Hope you are managing well – arthur

  • Diana

    Doing Well, headaches mostly gone! How are U?

  • Bronx B

    nice article.. i also decided to quit from caffeine.
    caffeine gave me so much pressure and i had an insomnia and long deep sleeps.. but after not deciding to use caffeine drinks such as gym supplements, coffee, soft drinks and tea.. my head and sleep become so much better and im having really good sleep now. boring thing is now i only drink WATER xd

  • Arthur

    Trying to wean down and off the caffeine. Tried substituting with green tea and coffee but that didn’t work so well. I’m glad things are going good for you. I’m probably going to just have to go cold turkey and bit the bullet. Thanks for the reply and encouragement.

  • kaboomcanuck

    The only thing holding you guys back is telling yourself it is an addiction and you cannot do it. Once you stop telling yourself this and say NO I will stop it because I am in control you will stop. This goes for anything in our lives. I won’t go into my story as it isn’t the most exciting but lets just say a simple adjustment on mental attitude and a change in diet goes ALONG way. The body is incredible at healing any damage and making things right again once you stop feeding it trash. You can do it!

  • Arthur

    Thanks for the comment & encouragement. Do you consume caffeine or any stimulants with your current diet?

  • kaboomcanuck

    When I give up caffeine after noticing any negative effects I avoid it all together for a couple weeks. After that I may have a tea again or even have a cup of coffee. The important thing for me is once I notice it’s starting to impact my life negatively, and I begin to need caffeine to feel normal (not tiredfatigued) I give it up. The first few days are not easy once you get hooked but the overall difference is night and day by the end of the month (sometimes week). I know this probably isn’t what you want to hear but with exercise 15-30 minutes a day 3-5 days a week, after about a month you will notice how much more energy you have. Not getting your caffeine fix will mask the effects of exercise but after quitting caffeine and exercising you will have MORE energy then you had when needing to take caffeine. After a few months off all caffeine all together if you decide to take a cup of coffee again in the future you will actually get the benefit of it once again when you actually need it. Long story short I don’t over think it day to day I just react with what my body is trying to tell me, and change my dietlife style accordingly. Right now I am avoiding caffeine all together but also eating healthy and exercising.

  • kaboomcanuck

    All that being said I haven’t taken caffeine pills before. I used to drink 4 energy drinks a day as well as several cups of coffee 5 years ago. Judging by the amount of caffeine you’re taking with those pills I wouldn’t just quit cold turkey as you will probably have extreme withdrawal. You should cut back a little every week. If you still feel like crap by the end of the week don’t cut back anymore the following week. Once your withdrawal is over start cutting back again as much as comfortable. It may take 4 months or more before your completely off and you may be a pain in everyone’s *$$ during that time. But remember you’re not doing it for them you’re doing it for yourself so who cares what they think (that being said don’t be a jerk on purpose). You will also likely be sleeping A LOT more during your withdrawal but that’s okay too. Just don’t plan a lot during the day. Take time for yourself. If you can’t afford time after work to nap for 1-2 hours then don’t try get off caffeine as fast. Just remember why you’re doing it and come back here if you need any help! =)

  • Wade Bednarick

    I quit caffeine approximately seven years ago. I wanted to break from the routine of “get that coffee and on time or suffer”. the first week I quit I had flu like symptoms. I am serious. empty feeling of low energy, fatigue, headache, nausea and I can’t be sure but maybe even temperature instability like fever. Now I am very sensitive to caffeine. I cannot even consume a small amount of decaf coffee or a small square of dark chocolate. If I do I will have a headache and nausea for two days. Recently I ordered a micro-brew beer which I would never have suspected contained caffeine and for two days I was wondering where I got the caffeine that gave me the signature caffeine headache The one beer was the only difference in my diet for the last few days so I looked up the name and found out that several breweries are putting caffeine in the beer. Gah, The caffeine craze has gone off the deep end. I think it is also a large influence in unsavory behavior, general rudeness road rage, impatience similar to nicotine angered peoples.

  • yvonne

    hi, I am looking for any suggestions for the withdrawal process, I have done it before and it was hell, somehow allowed myself to slip back into daily use. Thanks in advance for your suggestions/experiecnes.

  • Ted

    We have outlined 2 ways to do it here. https://www.caffeineinformer.com/my-caffeine-detox

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