Wednesday, October 04, 2006

Returning to Normal

I stopped drinking coffee relatively cold turkey sometime this weekend. I say cold turkey because I drank two mugs of coffee a day, at the most. I also drank a good amount of tea, too. Maybe I should just say that I'm trying to cut down the amount of caffeine I take in each day.

Some complicated incidental research into catecholamines, adenosine (ATP), tyramine, vinegar and norepinephrine got me educated about how caffeine screws with our bodies' system of generating energy and our diurnal cycles.

Part of all the above research came about because of tension headaches I would get while working on my bachelors project, even though I got a lot done on it. It all fits together in the end. Maybe someday I'll explain the pathway to moderating more on caffeine.

Either which way, tonight's the first night in awhile that I feel focused and calm enough to collect my thoughts. Unfortunately, I've got plenty to do, which makes my thoughts scatter. Ugh. . .I really need to cut down on chores. . .or actually set aside Sundays to write. . ..

Gotta go now, though.

1 comment:

ErinMaru said...

Hey, I stopped drinking coffee cold turky 6 weeks ago! It was hard for me because I loooove coffee (mmm espresso, americano, cappucino, frappachino, Yay!) but also, my body/mind takes a long time to wake up in the morning. I noticed this at Marlboro, where I had early classes but didn't feel awake and alert until 2-3 hours after waking up. Starting last Spring I started having espresso almost every day, and at least 2 cups of coffee. I finally had to stop, the caffine and chemicals were making me feel jittery all the time (as well as some other side effects). I feel better, I've had 3 cups of coffee in the last six weeks. I still drink tea and soda if I want it. Now the weather is cooler in the mornings and I'm craving a cup a coffee. I might go back to my 2 to 4 cups a week. Hang in there, Lex!