I Did a Caffeine Detox For a Week and You Should To
There comes a point where that grande mocha choca bullshit just doesn't get you lit for work anymore - let me explain.
For two months, I was on the east coast doing door to door sales. It's fun but combine the long workdays with an athletic training program and it gets very gnarly, very quick. The first month wasn't too bad (get up early, train, work all day, sleep late and repeat). The problem starts when you put yourself at a sleep deficit or decide to get a quick pick-me-up for the second part of the day. The body is an amazing machine that is built to adapt and adapt to caffeine it did.
The second month was hell. I'd wake up feeling exhausted, I would only feel normal after chugging down black coffee followed by 2 scoops of pre-workout before my workout (which is a big no-no) and drink at least 2-3 more red bulls by the end of the day (the new sugar free lime taste great by the way). There was an obvious problem when I kept getting random headaches throughout the day.
The detox started when I got back from sales. It wasn't as bad as I thought it would be; I was just mostly tired (even though I averaged 10-ish hours of sleep a night when I got back, not including naps) and would get irritated easily. A week later, my tolerance for caffeine SIGNIFICANTLY decreased and I have so much more energy now.
Point is, if you feel like caffeine is consuming you, it might be time to stop consuming it and work on that sleep.
- Thought was written by Edgar Ramirez (@eddygee) one of our very own athletes.
As a coach I think it is important to periodically take a step back and access our habits. If you find yourself constantly relying on caffeine to be motivated for training and life; there may be some bigger issues hiding beneath this struggle. First and foremost sleep! Recovery is a number one priority and sleep is one of the BIGGEST influencers in recovery. Don't forget the basics.