Today’s article is all about caffeine, the thing that we all love and enjoy. We’re going to get into a little bit more detail about caffeine, and some of the best reasons to stop drinking coffee immediately.
What happens when we drink coffee?
Within 10 minutes of drinking coffee, caffeine enters your bloodstream, and your blood pressure and heart rate begin to rise.
After 20 minutes, you begin to become more alert, and your concentration levels start to improve. Hence why people who drink coffee love the stuff so much.
Within 30 minutes, your athletic ability is improved by increased motor neuron efficiency.
Within 12 hours, things are back to normal, and after 12 hours, your body starts to get withdrawal symptoms from not consuming any more caffeine.
This awesome infographic explains the process in more detail.
But, more importantly… let’s move on to the reason why you clicked on this article.
9 Reasons to Stop Drinking Coffee
Let’s get into it!
Here are some of the best reasons to stop drinking coffee or caffeine completely. There are many healthy alternatives to coffee that still contain caffeine. For example, I drink green tea regularly, which has a much lower amount of caffeine, and can also be very good for you.
Anyway, here are the reasons to quit coffee:
1. Caffeine Can Reduce the Quality of Your Sleep
Obviously we know caffeine is a natural stimulant for the brain, but this will have an affect on our sleeping patterns and the quality of sleep we get.
Even if you don’t drink coffee before you go to sleep, it can still have an affect the amount of solid sleep you get.
Those who have stopped drinking caffeine have often seen improvements in the quality of sleep they get every night. In turn, this leaves them naturally more rested for the next day ahead.
And so actually, after reading the next point I’m about to explain, you’ll see why coffee can actually give you less energy than usual.
This point on reduced quality of sleep, combined with the next point really shows how detrimental caffeine can be to your energy levels.
2. After Time, Coffee Doesn’t Give You Any More Energy
Many of us drink coffee everyday because we need our extra boost of energy in the mornings to get us through the day. However, after time, our bodies build a tolerance to this, and we really don’t see any more energy benefits from drinking coffee every day.
If you stop drinking coffee for a while, and then have a cup of the stuff every now and again afterwards, you’ll experience the energy boosting benefits once again.
So for anyone who’s drinking coffee everyday purely because you think it’s giving you more energy, it’s most likely not having any real affect on your energy levels.
3. It’s Healthy to Beat the Addiction of Caffeine
Relying on any substance is a risky thing. Obviously the worse the substance the more serious the issue is. Illegal drugs are clearly some of the worst possible cases of addiction. However, having an addiction for any substance is not healthy.
If you’re addicted to coffee, and you rely on it every single day, it’s not healthy. Beating any addiction will give you more freedom and power over yourself.
4. You Can Save A Lot of Money by Quitting Coffee
For most of the working world, in particular those solo entrepreneurs reading this and living the laptop lifestyle, coffee can become an expensive habit.
It’s very easy to go and work in Starbucks, and get through a couple of cups. Maybe you’re not a laptop entrepreneur but you work in a building close by to some of your favorite coffee shops.
Making a visit there every break or lunch you get quickly racks up. Drinking it at home is obviously less expensive, but most people prefer to drink out. So if you’re trying to keep an eye on your bills, maybe cut back on the daily trip to Starbucks.
5. Coffee Can Cause Tooth Decay and Staining
It actually only takes 1 cup of coffee a day to begin staining your teeth. This is also the same case for certain types of tea.
Depending on where you get your coffee from, and how much sugar you put in it, coffee can also cause tooth decay. This is normally the case if your drinking flavored coffees and lattes from the likes of Starbucks.
6. No More Caffeine Shakes and Trembles
As caffeine is a natural stimulant and is regularly induced to give people more energy, it can give people the shakes if they consume too much.
If you drink a lot of caffeine, and you often suffer from involuntary shaking or trembling of your hands, then it’s likely that you’re experiencing one of the many side effects from taking too much caffeine.
7. Caffeine Has an Affect on Your Mood
Coffee actually has an affect on your mood. For those who are used to drinking coffee very regularly, you can eventually become so consumed by it, that if you don’t have it at the time you’re used to, it makes you moody.
Quitting caffeine will remove these fluctuations in your mood, that are being controlled by your addiction for coffee.
Don’t let substances and other influences affect your mood and your emotions, and the way you come across to people. They shouldn’t have any power of you.
8. Quitting Coffee Can Lower Your Blood Pressure
Caffeine can cause an increase in your blood pressure. It may only cause an increase for a very short time, but the increase will be dramatic.
For anybody who’s blood pressure numbers are already high, drinking a lot of coffee could have serious consequences.
However, quitting coffee can help reduce your blood pressure levels, and stop you from being at risk of any related diseases.
9. Caffeine Can Increase Your Anxiety Levels
It has been a proven fact that coffee often increases many people’s anxiety levels. This is due to the way caffeine increases the amount of adrenaline in your body.
Deciding to quit caffeine completely can be a great solution for anyone suffering from anxiety, especially if they start to feel their anxiety levels rise.
How to Reduce Your Caffeine Intake
So now that you’ve seen the 10 main reasons to stop drinking coffee, you may well be wondering if there are any helpful tips you can use to reduce your caffeine intake. Check out a few of the steps we’ve listed below.
1. Switch out coffee for green tea
Green tea is actually incredibly healthy, and can be a great replacement for coffee. Sure, it still contains a small amount of caffeine, but it’s a lot less than coffee, and all the antioxidants include sure make it a great substitute.
2. Change Up Your Routine
The chances are that you’re drinking a lot of coffee due to your routine. Maybe you arrive at work when everybody is dishing out the coffees, or maybe you drive/walk past your favorite coffee shop on the way to work.
If this is the case, then switch up your routine. Walk a different way to work etc. If there’s anything in your routine that makes it really easy for you to keep downing cups of coffee, try and change it.
3. Reduce Your Intake Slowly
If you drink two cups of coffee a day, try and eliminate the 2nd cup. Maybe find a different healthy drink that you really enjoy. Drink this at the usual time you’d have the 2nd coffee, and that’ll help quench your thirst.
4. Make Your Coffee’s Weaker
Start putting less coffee in your coffee. Limit the strength of the coffee and the amount of caffeine you’re consuming. If you often have coffee out at Starbucks, start making it yourself.
As we’re coming towards the end of the article, I thought I’d quickly recap the 10 reasons to stop drinking coffee immediately:
- Caffeine can reduce the quality of your sleep
- After time, coffee doesn’t give you any more energy
- It’s healthy to beat the addiction of caffeine
- You can save a lot of money by quitting coffee
- Coffee can cause tooth decay and staining
- No more coffee shakes and trembles
- Coffee can increase your risk of type 2 diabetes
- Caffeine has an affect on your mood
- Quitting coffee can lower your blood pressure
- Caffeine can increase your anxiety levels
And once again, here are the steps to reducing your caffeine intake:
- Switch out coffee for green tea
- Change up your routine
- Reduce your intake slowly
- Make your coffee’s weaker
Sure, drinking coffee may have it’s benefits. We may love the taste, we may love the energy it gives us on a Monday morning when we’re struggling to concentrate on our work. However, it looks like it comes with quite a few side effects, and dodgy health risks if you drink too much.
The solution to this?
We think that drinking coffee in moderation is perfectly okay, and maybe even beneficial in some ways. But when you’re drinking it once or twice every day, that’s when it starts to become a problem.
This could lead to things like:
- High blood pressure
- No extra energy benefits
- Reduced sleep quality
- A big hole in your wallet