Coffee Addicts Quit Cold Turkey

– (Bleep) you coffee – It's not you, it's me

– Coffee, we've had some great times But I just think we need to see other people for a little while (squeaking) (upbeat music) – So I drink a lot of coffee – Every day, I drink about two to three cups of coffee depending on my mood and my grogginess – I think I just like having a cup of coffee in my hand

I like having something to do I don't like sitting at my desk for too long, because it makes me go crazy – For me to feel awake throughout a work day, it used to be three or four cups of coffee, and then it was five or six cups of coffee, now it's six to eight cups of coffee And with that increase of caffeine, I think I'm starting to develop anxiety – I'm interested in cutting out coffee because I have anxiety and coffee definitely doesn't help that

– Taking a step back, I'm thinking, you know, if you're really anxious, maybe the cups of stimulants your pouring into your mouth throughout the day is a thing to check in on – Can caffeine cause anxiety? – Yes So, caffeine can exacerbate anxiety that already exists, but caffeine can also independently cause anxiety – That's kind of why I'm doing this I'm trying to just quit cold turkey, and I'm not going to have a drink of caffeine or anything else that has caffeine in it, for seven days, to see if I can get this out of my system

– So, it's gonna be a brutal first couple days – Tomorrow is gonna be a nightmare – What symptoms can we expect by cutting out caffeine? – 50% of the time people will experience a headache when they quit using caffeine cold turkey Fatigue or sleepiness, you know, just being more tired than usual, being very sleepy, yawning Difficulty concentrating

Being depressed, irritable And also, in certain cases people experience a flu like syndrome (bright music) – So as a replacement of coffee today, I figure I'm just gonna do water Stay hydrated, I assume being hydrated gives you energy – I just woke up, it's day one, and I have so much to do today

I think today is gonna be a struggle – So, day one without coffee, and I'm already craving it real hard So, I think I'm going to get a giant bottle of water to hydrate, and hopefully that will get rid of my craving Day one was surprisingly not too intense It felt like the calm before the storm almost, because I've had caffeine headaches and withdrawal before, but my first day not drinking coffee, I didn't have any headaches or anything, but I felt like something was a little off

I don't know if it's psychosomatic or what, but it's 3:30 and I feel like, I feel like I can just fall asleep standing up right now – My train was super delayed and I'm already kinda grumpy, so I'm gonna try to find something to hold me over, uncaffeinated, I don't know how this is going to turn out Day one I didn't do anything to replace coffee, and I think that was my biggest problem I just had a seltzer and that do anything for me The whole day was a haze, I felt like a zombie going through

– I would describe the first day, really as just tired It's not quite coffee I was just sleepy I didn't feel any sort of withdrawal from the coffee, I didn't feel sick, I don't think I was irritable This stuff does jack shit

That entire day at work, I really got very little accomplished because I couldn't stay focused and I didn't feel like I was bringing anything or any energy to my work – So, the first day is over, I'm walking out of work now I did end up getting a little bit of a headache, and I was like falling asleep standing up – It's not even 8:30 and it feels like it's midnight The headache is, it's spread to my whole forehead, it feels like somebody's just pushing in on the sides of my head constantly

– Caffeine is a drug that directly antagonizes a certain receptor in the brain called adenosine And adenosine is a substance in the brain that sort of makes us sleepy You're body is accustomed, let's say, with seven or eight cups of coffee a day, to having so much antagonism of adenosine Then what happens is when you abruptly remove it, now you have all this extra adenosine, because the body always compensates So when you remove the caffeine, now you have more adenosine binding than you would be accustomed to, which makes you sleepy and tired, and it can also cause that throbbing, sensitive to movement headache

– [Man In Blue Shirt] There's a video that my girlfriend shot of me I just passed out on the couch while we were watching television And, in the video you see like, I am in the most uncomfortable position And the next morning, I still woke up and I was tired – Usually caffeine withdrawal peaks between about 20 hours after your last dose and about 60 hours after your last dose

So, sometime in the first two to three days is when people will experience the worst symptoms (contemplative music) – The second day is when I noticed the withdrawal – Day two, walking to work, and it is raining, and I have headaches now Day two I started to actually feel the physical symptoms, and that was probably the hardest day – I had every intention to go to the gym today, because I felt like that would help me wake up

I still feel so tired – I got my ass out of bed at six AM somehow, and I'm headed in for a short workout My energy got completely kick started when I went to the gym and I felt really, really good, better than if I had a cup of coffee in the morning

I'm hoping today goes a lot better than yesterday I'm feeling a little bit more confident about the challenge, I think it's gonna get better So think that was definitely the key and I tried to stick with that throughout the whole seven days, and I've noticed the days that I do go to the gym I feel a lot better in the morning – I also noticed how many people on the subways or on the streets are holding coffee and how many coffee shops there are in New York City You can't walk a block with passing three or four of them

(contemplative music) – The weekend became difficult I went upstate to Tarrytown with my girlfriend We just wanted a nice day outside the city, and so every corner there are coffee shops And the smell of coffee, just like, wafting through the air I knew that that was going to become the worst day

I think this is a sign And I felt bad for my girlfriend who was really enjoying that day, that I really wasn't present because I was just so tired So on day three, I cracked On day three, I realized, this is not something I'm able to do cold turkey This is just one, this is just one

It's the weekend, I'm very tired, just one As soon as I tasted the coffee on my tongue, my body started like, getting ready for it Like I already, the colors started getting a little bit more vibrant The world started getting a little clearer I would drink coffee for the rest of the experiment, but I would do it just one cup of coffee in the morning

And at no point throughout the rest of the day would I allow myself to have more caffeine I could have one drink, and that was gonna be it Go from eight to one (contemplative music) – Weekend was tough I was at brunch, and everyone I was with started taunting me with their coffees

Just like looking at me in the eyes and drinking it, or just like shoving it my face So I need to get new friends for sure – Hello, hello, it's the end of day four, and I made it through wonderfully I actually didn't have any headaches at all today I think working out has been the key to keeping my energy elevated without caffeine

(contemplative music) – So I cheated a little bit and I went to a vitamin store around the block from work, and the only thing they suggested was ginseng And apparently that will help give me energy without giving me caffeine I feel like I'm in the future right now I feel like everyone else is in 2017, I'm in 3017, taking energy pills with ginseng As I was taking it I saw it says nut free on the side

(laughing) And that actually did make me feel pretty level headed and energized, I got a lot of work done So I don't know, it could have just been a placebo, but who knows (contemplative music) It definitely feels miles away from where I was last week, for sure – I did notice a really big difference I noticed the anxiety was gone

– I don't think cutting out caffeine benefited my mental health a ton – I've also been very productive at work – Working out helped it, that definitely like soothed the anxiety – I do remember the day that we did the first interview I was way more, I was just thinking about how anxious I was Right now, there's no part of my brain that I'm thinking, man, my anxiety is out of control today

– One thing that many people don't realize, is that when you become tolerant to a drug, you don't become tolerant to all the effects in the same way at the same time So what often happens, is people become tolerant to the stimulating effects of the drug, let's say, or the euphoric effects of the drug, but they don't become tolerant to some of the side effects of a drug – And so, going forward, I'm gonna drink one cup of coffee every day – Yay! Really? It's up to me if I want to drink it Whoa, this is a test

– I'm not gonna drink this coffee I'm not ready to like, I'm not ready to give in yet And I'm considering trying to cut out coffee for longer – I think I'm not ready to get back into coffee I think I'm gonna get back into it, but I think I might wait til uh, til maybe tomorrow

– So I will not be drinking this cup of coffee, because I already drank my coffee today And this would be completely unnecessary – [Producer] Based on your experience of this like, can you drink this coffee – One second Yeah

What? (squeaking)

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