What causes caffeine headaches and migraines?

Jun 14, 2014

In our other article, How to get rid of a caffeine headache or migraine, we covered how to get rid of caffeine headaches - but curious what actually causes caffeine headaches in the first place? Well, read on.

First: we’ll have back up a bit explore how caffeine exactly works once it enters your body.

Once you drink that cup of coffee or down that energy drink, caffeine gets absorbed to the bloodstream, where it’s consequently carried to the brain. There, caffeine tricks the brain by binding to adenosine receptors, which are normally binding sites in the brain that - you guessed it - bind to adenosine molecules.

The brain normally uses adenosine as a signaling molecule to let the body know to start winding down and get ready for sleep. When adenosine binds to adenosine receptors, then, the body starts getting tired. When caffeine binds to adenosine receptors, however, it doesn’t activate the receptors, but effectively ‘blocks’ them off so adenosine can’t bind.

As a result, the brain doesn’t know to start telling the body to get tired, and that’s why caffeine’s so effective in keeping you going when you’d normally be down and out in seconds.

But what happens when you use too much caffeine on a regular basis? The brain is adaptable and pretty smart, so what it begins to do is compensate for the fact that all its adenosine receptors are blocked by creating new receptor sites for adenosine to bind to.

Unfortunately, what this means is once you start drinking too much caffeine, your body soon requires you to drink more caffeine to get the same effect you used to, and pretty soon your usual dose only gets you to normal.

What that also means is when you skip out on your daily caffeine dose, suddenly your body has too many adenosine receptors, with too many adenosine molecules binding to all those receptors, causing you to be way more drowsy and tired than you should be and possibly even giving you caffeine headaches, migraines, and ‘brain fog’ - no good.

The good news is the fix for this problem is pretty straightforward. To get rid of your caffeine headaches…well, just read our article How to get rid of a caffeine headache or migraine!

How to get rid of a caffeine headache or migraine

Jun 14, 2014

Missed your daily cup of coffee and now your head is throbbing? You’re not alone. Over half of the adult population of the US drinks coffee daily, and more than a few of those drinkers suffer from caffeine headaches.

Fortunately, ridding yourself of a caffeine headache is a straightforward and simple process. All it requires is a little willpower and determination - and maybe a little bit of suffering at first. But hey, no pain, no gain.

So what causes a caffeine headache? Simply put: caffeine addiction. When you drink too much caffeine - keyword: too much - on a regular basis, your body adapts to your caffeine levels and you start to develop a tolerance for the substance. Soon enough, you need your regular cup of coffee just to get to normal, and way more than that to keep you up and awake.

Unfortunately, what this means is when you skip that regular cup of coffee - you’re suddenly way more tired than you used to be before your caffeine addiction, and you might even start experiencing severely unpleasant side effects such as caffeine headaches, migraines, or ‘brain fog’. Doesn’t sound so great, does it?

The good news is, the solution is just as simple as the cause. Just stop drinking so much coffee or downing so many energy drinks, and within a few days, your symptoms will start clearing up, and before you know it, they’ll be gone entirely.

For any serious caffeine addict, quitting cold turkey on the spot could be quite the painful endeavor however. For a smoother transition - try cutting down gradually, a little bit per day, until you’re completely off caffeine. You may still experience some symptoms, but they’ll be significantly less severe than if you were to go cold turkey all at once.

If the symptoms are still too severe, consider common over the counter pain relievers such as ibuprofen and aspirin. Also be sure to keep well hydrated throughout the day and get more than adequate rest.

And when you’re finally cured but find yourself still needing caffeine to get by but unwilling to go through the painful process of caffeine dependency and withdrawal again, consider giving Sprayable Energy a shot.

Sprayable Energy is a revolutionary new way to get your caffeine that’s specifically designed to give you exactly the caffeine you need to be focused, awake, and productive throughout your day without causing you to become dependent and suffer through unpleasant withdrawal effects like other products.

How do we do it? Well, the secret is in the delivery and the dose. Unlike other products that you drink or ingest, when you use Sprayable, the caffeine in our formula enters your skin at a smooth, steady rate over time. So instead of getting all that caffeine at once and being overwhelmed with the buzz and jitters at the beginning and the crash at the end, all you get is smooth, steady energy that lasts.

Moreover, recent primary research has shown that the cognitive benefits of caffeine peak at very low doses. Less than 12.5 mg of caffeine has the exact same cognitive benefits as 100 mg or more. Intaking more caffeine may make you physically more jittery and buzzed, but it does absolutely nothing to help you actually be more mentally focused and alert - so why take more? 

Sprayable allows you to self-regulate your dose and get exactly what you need, and nothing more. Everyone’s different - spray as much as you personally need, and get on with your day.