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Why Quitting Coffee Is A Great Health Choice (Yes, You’ll Sleep Better)

Updated July 28, 2019

Reason #1: Save Your Money

Money sign in the coffee

The occasional dose of caffeine might not hurt your wallet, but a regular caffeine habit adds up. Statistics estimate that the average coffee drinker spends $1100 a year on caffeine—and that’s if you’re only buying one per day! Sure, you can purchase a home machine for a couple hundred dollars, but you’re still paying for the coffee beans. It’s an expensive addiction!

Other caffeinated drinks aren’t that much better: a $3 Monster energy drink every day is $1,095 per year and even a $0.65 K-cup can add up to $237 each year. If you’ve been drinking two or three a day for a few years you’ve already spent a fortune on caffeine. Do you really want to keep doing it?

Reason #2: Break The Addiction

Money sign in the coffee

As much as some people don’t like to admit it, caffeine is a drug. It is mildly addictive for most people and extremely addictive for some people. And once you become reliant on caffeine to get out of bed it becomes a vicious cycle. The longer you do it the more caffeine you need to wake up every day.

The only way to break this cycle is to quit caffeine. You’ll struggle with this for the first week or two, but soon enough you’ll find yourself feeling better in the morning than you have in a long time. Going cold turkey is the best way to get rid of these cravings once and for all. At first you’ll have cravings all the time and you might even think about it all day, you’ll probably suffer from headaches for a few days also but after a while you’ll get used to life without it.

Reason #3: Better Sleep

Middle aged man sleeping on sofa

Last but not least, we come to the impact of caffeine on sleep. Caffeine is a stimulant—that’s half the reason most people drink it—and the bulk of its effects last 4-6 hours, which is why you’ve probably been told not to drink anything with caffeine after 4PM.

Some people will even tell you not to drink caffeine after noon because of the serious impact it can have on both the amount and the quality of the sleep you get. But the truth is even people who don’t drink caffeine after noon still report higher quality sleep when they quit caffeine altogether.

This is probably the most crucial item on the list because the quality of sleep you get impacts literally every area of life. Getting the right amount of high quality sleep is a great way to prevent an entire host of illnesses.

Quitting coffee won’t be easy. Like many other drugs, there is a physical withdrawal from caffeine that often includes headaches and extreme tiredness for a few days. And unlike other drugs, you can’t effectively get away from caffeine. Everybody drinks coffee. But quitting caffeine is still worth it. After a few weeks caffeine free you’ll have more natural energy than you’ve had in years.

Behind water, coffee is the most popular beverage in the world and more than 1 in 2 adults in the United States drink coffee every day. Many people love it for the taste, but everybody loves it for the caffeine. Caffeine revs you up and gets you out of the house every morning and it’s for that reason coffee is the first thing many people drink.

It makes sense really because espresso machines are very affordable and with little more than a flick of a button, your morning espresso is done. Instant coffee, and instant energy boost.

Many people never think about the side effects of caffeine though. Maybe that’s because they consider it safe, or maybe it’s because they don’t want to believe it shouldn’t be consumed but whatever the reason, there are some solid reasons to quit caffeine: