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How Long Does It Take For A Caffeine Tolerance to Reset?


Every day, millions of people all across the world rely on coffee. Caffeine helps people focus, stay alert, and complete more tasks daily. However, caffeine is after all, a drug. And just like any other drug, it can have a variety of side effects. Unfortunately, caffeine tolerance is one of the common consequences. But… how long does it take for a caffeine tolerance to reset?

How Long Does It Take For a Caffeine Tolerance to Reset?


The length of time it takes to reset depends on your tolerance level, and a number of other factors. For instance, how much you drink per day, your bodyweight, and activity level. However, to reset your caffeine tolerance, you should abstain from caffeine for at least a week – preferably 12 days.

In this article, we’ll provide helpful guidance on how to reset your caffeine tolerance, how to avoid tolerance in the first place, and how one builds a tolerance to caffeine. So, keep on reading, Gent!

First Off, How Does Caffeine Tolerance Work?

You’ll notice that when your body becomes accustomed to caffeine, you’ll need to ingest more and more of it to achieve that stimulating ‘buzz’.

But why does this happen?

Well, caffeine is a stimulant that artificially reduces tiredness, and increases alertness. For example in the morning, adenosine receptors are clean of adenosine – a compound that relieves tiredness. So when you ingest coffee, caffeine binds to receptors and artificially manipulates your energy levels.

Because your brain notices that these receptors are continually occupied by caffeine, it’ll produce additional receptors to restore adenosine’s proper functions. As a result, you’ll need to drink more coffee to keep the sleepiness at bay. Not to mention, you’ll feel increasingly worse if you don’t.

So, it all depends on your repeated consumption. Over time, you’ll need two cups to achieve the same buzz as one, and if you keep drinking two cups, you’ll soon need more.

Do You Have a Caffeine Tolerance?

As we mentioned, caffeine tolerance means that after a certain length of time, caffeine‘s stimulating effects become less noticeable. So, you’ll consume more to compensate.

But how can you know whether you’ve developed a caffeine tolerance?

First off, one indicator is if you feel like you need caffeine to function.

One primary tenet of being an Optimized Gentleman, is the work you do to optimize your baseline – so you’re healthy and feel great, reliant on nothing but yourself.

Another clue is if your morning cup of coffee doesn’t provide you with that same burst of energy or focus it used to. You may also need to go above and beyond to get the desired results. This can lead down a slippery slope of high tolerance and dependency.

Plus, when you limit or eliminate your caffeine intake, you may experience:

  • Exhaustion,
  • Mood changes,
  • Headaches, or
  • Nervous energy

How You Can Reset Your Caffeine Tolerance:


Resetting your caffeine tolerance can be done in three different ways. Each of these methods will work. However, you must choose the one with the most negligible influence on your lifestyle, so you can stick it out long-term.

Cold Turkey

This instills fear in the hearts of men. “Great, bring it on”, you say.

On the first day of your reset, go cold turkey and eliminate all caffeine from your diet. This approach has a faster impact, but it can also cause serious adverse effects – like brain fog, migraines, nausea, jitters, and mood swings.

If you think you can withstand these symptoms, this is your quickest path to reestablishing your tolerance. But be mentally prepared for a rough ride, Gent!

Gradual Removal

This strategy is a little less stringent, and it entails gradually lowering your caffeine intake over weeks. This lessens the severity of the adverse effects that occur throughout the reset process. However, you’ll have to wait a little longer to get the desired result.

Natural Coffee Alternatives

Most guys are unaware of how many other caffeine alternatives are available. Not only can they replace your cup of coffee, they’ll also deliver long-term benefits.

Consider the following options:

  • L-Theanine. Considered a nootropic amino acid, L-Theanine is a substance with known stimulant effects. It also improves memory and learning by increasing serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain. High amounts can be found in green tea. Of course green tea has caffeine, so you may want to consider supplementing it instead.
  • Omega 3: Fatty acids are also a type of nootropic. They can improve focus and productivity, and are great for supporting your heart’s normal functions. You can find omega 3 fatty acids in seafood such as tuna, salmon, and fish oil supplements. 
  • Spirulina:

    This one is great for packing lots of plant-based protein in a single tablespoon. It also contains vitamin B1, which aids in the regulation of thiamin levels in the body. This results in more consistent energy and maintenance. Plus, spirulina aids in the retention of power throughout the day.

How Can You Prevent Caffeine Tolerance in the First Place?

Planning is the most realistic method to avoid developing a coffee tolerance.

Now that you’re aware of the negative effects of high tolerance, keep track of how much you consume. This way you can make sure you never go overboard. For example, if you indulge in strongly caffeinated beverages today, avoid them for at least a day or two. This way you can continue to avoid any tolerance build-up.

One of our best bits of advice here (if you’re a daily drinker) is to keep your intake to the same milligram dosage of coffee per day. Then, once you notice diminishing effects, take a week or two off to reset painlessly.

Also, one of the healthiest techniques is to consume it only when necessary. Of course it’s acceptable to have one or two drinks per week. But it’s even better to consciously choose when to uplift your energy levels with caffeine.

Another strategy to reduce your “energy reliance” on coffee is to keep your body healthy and optimized.

Make sure not to skip meals and eat a healthy, balanced diet. Fruits and vegetables are also a good source of energy, and a fantastic way to keep your health in check.

Related Caffeine Tolerance Questions

Are There Any Foods That’ll Help Me Reset My Caffeine Tolerance?

Yes. Certain meals with nutrients – like vitamin B and C, L-tyrosine, and carbs – can assist in the resetting of your tolerance.

How Can You Tell If You Have a Caffeine Intolerance?

Caffeine provides a familiar “pick-me-up feeling” to almost everyone who consumes it. But the opposite here is a factor as well, for some guys. Caffeine intolerance might manifest itself in the form of symptoms like anxiety disorders.

Final Thoughts On Avoiding Caffeine Dependency

As you can see, you can build a tolerance to caffeine quickly, if you’re ingesting it in large amounts.

To prevent this, you need to consume caffeine in moderation. However, if you do develop a tolerance, you may need to prepare for several adverse effects that occur while fixing your caffeine tolerance.

Following today’s outline will help you understand the quickest, most effective ways to get back in the driver’s seat of your caffeine intake!


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