This Is What Really Happens to Your Body When You Quit Caffeine

Headaches, , cravings… I'm all too familiar with the side effects of caffeine withdrawal, but that doesn't make any easier.

We know that in small amounts, coffee can actually be quite good for you: It's full of antioxidants, , and can actually even . But when we're inhaling cold brew in large amounts on a regular basis—ahem, guilty—those health benefits become clouded by , , and , among other not-so-ideal symptoms.

The issue, I've found, is that there really isn't a "convenient" time to quit. During the perpetually busy workweek, I need to be "on" at all times. Crushing brain fog doesn't exactly bode well for a writer on a deadline, and who wants to be cranky and tired on the weekend?

With all this in mind, our recommended approach is twofold: Phase out slowly rather than quit cold turkey, and know how to combat withdrawal symptoms when they inevitably arise. Find out how below.