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Michael Pollan gave up caffeine entirely for three months while working on his audiobook, Caffeine. "I recommend it," he says of his time without the drug. "I had some great sleeps." But he didn't realize that a temporary "loss of confidence" and lack of focus were withdrawal symptoms. Abdulrhman Al Shidokhi/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Pollan Explains Caffeine Cravings (And Why You Don't Have To Quit)

When Pollan decided to write about caffeine, he gave it up — cold turkey. "I just couldn't focus," he says. "I was irritable. I lost confidence." Caffeine reshapes the brain in surprising ways.

Michael Pollan gave up caffeine entirely for three months while working on his audiobook, Caffeine. "I recommend it," he says of his time without the drug. "I had some great sleeps." But he didn't realize that a temporary "loss of confidence" and lack of focus were withdrawal symptoms. Abdulrhman Al Shidokhi/Getty Images hide caption

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Michael Pollan Explains Caffeine Cravings (And Why You Don't Have To Quit)

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