BeanQuest

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.

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8 Comments »

  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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