What’s the best way to go off of caffeine, or at least taper down caffeine use to the point where you don’t need to have coffee every day?
I started working at a coffeeshop about six months ago, and thought nothing of downing multiple shots of espresso to make it through shifts. Then I began to notice that on days off, I’d get a splitting headache within a few hours of waking if I didn’t have at least a cup of coffee, and what’s worse, once the headache sets in, no amount of coffee will make it go away. So I realized that I had a caffeine addiction, and started tapering off my use to one shot of espresso or one cup of coffee a day, then started going to half-decaf, but I don’t seem to be “getting off of it.”
The headaches are killer - the real aching, skull-splitting type that make you want to cure them with a shotgun. Should I just completely drop the caffeine and take handfuls of tylenol for the headaches until I’m off of the stuff? Is there a better way?