Caffeine is a mild central nervous system stimulant found in coffee beans, tea leaves and cocoa beans. The question during early recovery is, can you handle a doubling of your normal daily caffeine intake without experiencing "caffeine jitters" or other symptoms of over-stimulation?
Nicotine somehow doubles the rate by which the body depletes caffeine. What's that mean? It means that if we were drinking two cups of coffee while using nicotine, once nicotine use ends, that the stimulant effect of those two cups might now feel like four.
According to a 1997 study, "continuous caffeine consumption with smoking cessation has been associated with more than doubled caffeine plasma levels. Such concentrations may be sufficient to produce caffeine toxicity symptoms in smoking abstinence conditions."
The study found "a significant linear increase in caffeine sputum levels across 3 weeks post cessation," and that "three weeks after cessation, concentrations reached 203% of baseline for the caffeine user."
An earlier study found that the clearance rate of caffeine from blood plasma averaged 114 milliliters per minute in nicotine smokers and 64 milliliters per minute in non-smokers.
Symptoms of caffeine intoxication have been seen with as little as 100 milligrams of caffeine daily. They may include restlessness, nervousness (anxiety), excitement, insomnia, a flushed face, increased urination and gastrointestinal complaints.
Intoxication symptoms seen when more than 1 gram of caffeine is consumed per day include muscle twitching, rambling flow to thoughts and speech, irregular or rapid heartbeat, irritability and psycho-motor agitation.
Most of us can handle a doubling of our daily caffeine intake without getting the jitters. But how can we tell whether the anxieties we feel are related to nicotine cessation or to too much caffeine? It isn't easy.
Experiment with an up to 50% reduction in daily caffeine intake if at all concerned. Be careful not to reduce normal caffeine intake by more than 50% unless you want to add the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal to those of nicotine withdrawal.
Caffeine withdrawal symptoms can include headache, fatigue, decreased energy, decreased alertness, drowsiness, decreased contentedness, depressed mood, difficulty concentrating, irritability, and a foggy mind. Symptoms typically begin 12 to 24 hours after caffeine use ends, reach peak intensity at 20 to 51 hours, and normally last 2 to 9 days.
The following is a sampling of the number of milligrams (mg) of caffeine "typical" in various substances:
85mg coffee - 8 ounces drip brewed 80mg "energy drinks" 75mg coffee - 8 ounces percolated 40mg espresso - 1 ounce servings 40mg tea - 8 ounces brewed 28mg tea - 8 ounces instant 26mg baker's chocolate - 1 ounce 25mg iced tea - 8 ounces 24mg some soft drinks - 8 ounces 20mg dark chocolate - semi sweet - 1 ounce 06mg cola beverage - 8 ounces 05mg chocolate mild beverage 04mg chocolate flavored syrup 03mg coffee - decaffeinated
The stimulant effects of a 24mg soft drink before bed or a 20mg chocolate bar could now feel like two sodas or two chocolate bars. Consider a modest reduction of up to one-half if experiencing difficulty falling to sleep.
Look at it this way, if we were a big caffeine user, it's cheaper now. We get twice the stimulation for half the price.Wow extra whammy when quitting! I usually only drink one, after a few days a quitting thank goodness. Phew.
I drink about the same amount of coffee now or more than when I smoked. I'm still alive and breathing over 5 years later
IDK I just seem to cut back some when I don't smoke. But, I think it tastes better without cigs. Just not today!! EEK.
I probably drank less coffee at 1st when I quit. I would suck on a nicotine lozenge in between sips.. I know.. sort of gross. I'm not recommending this to you though. I was using NRT -the patch too. After a few weeks, I stopped doing the lozenge.
Quitting is a individual experience for everyone. Whatever work for you go for it!!
I actually drink less coffee since I quit - just happened naturally. But I enjoy the flavor and aroma so much more now than I did as a smoker. Drinking coffee was never a trigger for me but it is for many. Dale and others around here suggest drinking with the opposite hand for awhile. For example, if you normally hold your cup in your right hand, use your left instead.
I would hold my coffee cup with both hands. lol It does make a difference extra security. I found that the coffee tasted much better with out a cigarette and it had been distorted all these years with smoking. Go figure. Hope you are having a great day. Keeping it REAL. Love ya.
I always came here read blogs and had my coffee. Coffee and EX my ritual. Still doing it. Keep it simple. Do not overthink this, it is taking it one moment at a time sometimes. Look forward to a good day and you will have one. Speak it into existence. I am a non smoker. out loud " I am a non smoker". Breathe, it all passes. It does not last long. Each time breathe. Select one of the elders or someone you connect with and read their blogs. Direct message and make personal friends that you can call when you are in a pinch. The people here are amazing.
Gosh I would really hate to have to go through caffeine withdrawal. Give me my coffee
A wise elder once told me "
Be sure you start to create NEW non-smoking memories for that first cup of coffee. Maybe come here and read in the morning with it? Or turn on the TV and enjoy a few minutes of the morning shows? Or read the paper? Or do a crossword for a couple of minutes?
Stay the course! Youngatheart.7.4.12 2/11/15
Thank you for the quick link help. They help me so much when I feel panic.
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