Caffeine Headaches: Telltale Signs And Symptoms

For sure you have experienced being overly stimulated as in a caffeine rush from drinking too much coffee. But how about when you skip a cup or two of your regular caffeine dose, or simply just quitting drinking the beverage?

The most common caffeine withdrawal symptom you’ll have is headache. This is because caffeine has vasoconstrictive properties that narrow the vessels in your brain, thus when you stop drinking coffee, the vessels will expand and cause pain since your body is adjusting to changes.

Other withdrawal symptoms you’ll manifest would be:

  • Brain fog, trouble concentrating and low motivation to focus
  • Dizziness, clumsiness and lack of coordination
  • Fatigue, lethargy and sleepiness
  • Irritability, anxiety and moodiness
  • Constipation
  • Stiffness and cramping

Caffeine headaches usually last for a few days or up to two weeks as revealed in a research collected by a team in caffeine informer.

However, symptoms among those who drink large amounts of caffeine at regular basis last for two months or more. 

“Caffeine is often cited as a headache trigger, but for some people with migraine, a cup of coffee can offer some relief in the midst of an attack, “ according to the American Migraine Foundation.

The effects of caffeine in people vary. While some people can enjoy drinking it and skip on it the following day without getting troubled by headaches, other people are just sensitive to the effects.

If you are easily prone to experience headaches, experts recommend that you'd limit your caffeine intake to about two regular cups of coffee daily or better yet avoid all sources of caffeine.

Quitting caffeine can really be hard. Studies show that 90 percent of people dependent on caffeine struggle to quit because of the side effects.

Nevertheless, you can try some of these tips to cut your caffeine consumption:

  • Slowly reduce caffeine intake by 25 percent each week and drink plenty of water.
  • Take pain medications that doesn't contain caffeine as needed, preferably Ibuprofen or Acetaminophen.
  • Apply peppermint essential oil when your head hurts.
  • Check ingredient labels of chocolates, teas, sodas and even decaf coffee since they may contain high amounts of caffeine.

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