Hang in there

By Anonymous - 22/02/2022 02:00

Today, I have a massive paradox on my hands. My doctor told me to stop drinking so much tea to combat my sleeplessness, and it worked. Until now. I went to the doctor again to figure out why it suddenly stopped working, and she told me the reason I can't sleep now is because I have caffeine withdrawal. FML
I agree, your life sucks 893
You deserved it 151

Add a comment

You must be logged in to be able to post comments!

Top comments

If you were consuming that much caffeine, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Even something as mild as caffeine can knock your body’s natural rhythms out of wack and take time to correct.

Quitting caffeine ideally involves tapering off over a matter of weeks. (How many weeks varies by which source you read.) But since you've already gone cold turkey, and are partway through the withdrawal anyway, you could just finish riding it out. (The first three days are the hardest, and then it starts getting better.) Perhaps split the difference, consider your quitting so far to have contributed toward the tapering off, resume half of your former tea consumption, then taper it down from there. Good luck.

Comments

If you were consuming that much caffeine, it’s going to get worse before it gets better. Even something as mild as caffeine can knock your body’s natural rhythms out of wack and take time to correct.

I’m in the cycle now and it sucks so bad. Hang in there, OP. Maybe wean down rather than going cold turkey.

Just get hooked on OxyContin and be done with it.

don’t you just love when your body creates a paradox. for me it’s “underweight bc can’t eat” “depressed bc not enough calories” “can’t exercise to cure depression bc I’ll lose too much weight” “nothing makes me hungry not even exercise”

It sounds like the exploitable link in the cycle is the "Can't exercise to treat depression." Anything else you can do to treat depression can also break that cycle. One of the great things about exercise is how it makes you breathe deeply, but you can get that from singing loudly and long, from mindful breathing/meditation, from yoga (if you have an awesome instructor who reminds you to breathe deeply), and from any number of other activities. Of course there are other ways to attack depression. And therapy is for everybody: The stigma attached to therapy is rapidly vanishing, as people acknowledge that there is nothing shameful or weak about going to therapy. Teletherapy is common and accessible for people who have trouble motivating themselves to leave the house. Good luck.

Seems like a lose lose situation

Quitting caffeine ideally involves tapering off over a matter of weeks. (How many weeks varies by which source you read.) But since you've already gone cold turkey, and are partway through the withdrawal anyway, you could just finish riding it out. (The first three days are the hardest, and then it starts getting better.) Perhaps split the difference, consider your quitting so far to have contributed toward the tapering off, resume half of your former tea consumption, then taper it down from there. Good luck.

Could always switch to alcohol. Shouldn't have a problem falling asleep then...

Have you tried a teeny tiny coffee every morning?