Fight the Addiction: 7 Ways to Stay Awake Without Caffeine

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Americans’ dependence on caffeine has become somewhat of an ongoing joke. Pictures of coffee cups flood Facebook and Instagram newsfeeds, #coffeeaddict is frequently trending on Twitter, and no one bats an eye when a coworker demands something along the lines of: “Don’t talk to me until I have my coffee.”

The desire for caffeine in the morning is something we all can agree on, but what happens when we take things too far? Caffeine addiction is a controversial topic, but many experts agree that regardless of whether one can be formally diagnosed with a caffeine addiction, consumers can experience caffeine withdrawal symptoms and develop an unhealthy dependence on caffeine.

But how do you determine if you can function effectively without your caffeine fix in the morning? Many people never know because they never give a coffee-less morning a try. They’re worried their productivity levels will drop, they’ll fall asleep at work, they won’t be able to make it through the day — but they’ll never know unless they try. If you’re trying to survive without coffee, there are ways to stay awake without the caffeine, and even ease yourself off your dependence.

Many consumers mistakenly believe that the only way to stay alert during the work day is to refill their coffee cup, but luckily, they are wrong. Here are seven things you can do to stay awake and productive without relying on caffeine to do the work for you. It might be intimidating at first, but after awhile, you may not even crave that 7:00 a.m. cup of Joe, or that 3:00 p.m. pick-me-up.

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