June 8, 2006

Sleepiness and Coffee

Filed under: productivity — Brian @ 6:13 am

I’ve been tired quite a lot lately. I’d been blaming it on various things – a general busy-ness, recent emotional stress, etc – but I kept coming back to coffee. Both as a drink to keep me alert and as a thing that may be contributing to my tiredness.

I *love* coffee. Just coffee. I’ll do a Frappucino now and then, but mainly, just thick, dark, hot coffee. I drink a few cups every morning, and sometimes after dinner. Anytime I wake up from sleep or a rare nap, I usually put some coffee on.

At a summer job in college, I made friends with a guy (easily three times my age at the time) who had recently given up coffe. He told me he had quite a lot more energy since quitting. That seemed backwards to me at first – how does “no caffeine” give you energy? But it makes sense. Caffeine doesn’t *give* you energy, it *uses* the energy you already have, right? It’s a push on the accelerator, not a stop at the gas station.

So I am taking a coffee break. Ha ha. Yesterday morning was my last coffee until July 7. I expect it’ll take a few days to adjust, and then I’ll have three weeks of caffeine-free days.

We’ll see if I’m better-rested then. And if I am, um … stop drinking coffee altogether? Ugh. Maybe decaf.



  1. Don’t be so hard on yourself…go decaf. There’s still some caffeine but not nearly as much. Who wants to give it up altogether? That’s just masochistic. ;-)

    Comment by Gwynne — June 8, 2006 @ 7:21 pm

  2. Yeah, I don’t think I want to stop altogether. But I want to try it — I didn’t always drink coffee every day, but it’s been a long time, now.

    It’s also a chance to re-instill some discipline. I’ve been slacking lately, and not paying attention to things – just going through the motions. Having this one small thing to pay attention to every day helps me to pay attention to all the other small things I shouldn’t be ignoring.

    It’s working so far! No headache today, and I feel better for having started!

    Comment by Brian — June 8, 2006 @ 7:59 pm

  3. Brave man. Very brave.

    Comment by Jim — June 9, 2006 @ 10:09 am

  4. Jim – this actually is among the braver things I’ve done lately.

    Which is a little sad, now that I think about it. I need to go climb a big cliff or somthing.

    Comment by Brian — June 9, 2006 @ 9:22 pm

  5. Decaf?!

    That’s just crazy talk, dude!

    I refuse to be an enabler in this insane undertaking. ;-)

    Comment by Eric — June 10, 2006 @ 10:59 pm

  6. I’m thinking a thing of decaf and a thing of regular, so I can titrate my caffeine level more precisely.

    Comment by Brian — June 11, 2006 @ 11:58 am

  7. Well, I have to admire a blogger who can work the word “titrate” into a post about coffee.

    Comment by Eric — June 11, 2006 @ 2:31 pm

  8. 3. When you were in high school or college what did you want to be when you grew up?
    High School – a chemist.

    I settle now for kitchen chemistry and vocabulary words.

    Comment by Brian — June 11, 2006 @ 6:10 pm

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