|From E-Learning V|
Fig.1 The effect of drinking too much coffee
With an assignment, TMA or EMA or exam deadline comes the inclination to get up earlier and drink stronger coffee, in larger doses over longer periods. Easing off the caffeine in take comes at a price: headaches. This isn't a drug you can come off in an instant ... or in my case, at all.
I'm trying to stick to water after breakfast; the problem is that I may have had a jug of expresso by then. If I get a headache later in the day what do I need? Paracetamol and caffeine.
- Ringing in ears
- Heart palpitations
- Gut rot
NONE of this is conducive to getting much done. I need to put in a couple of hours a day for the next four days at least.
Quitting coffee is on the cards. Done with alcohol, meat might be cut back to the weekend or cut out entirely. Quit Facebook. Cut back on Linkedin. Off on retreat in a couple of weeks when I plan to leave all gadgets behind - let's see or prove how productive that can be. Five days with pen and paper.
I'd recommend quitting the old caffeine. I quit sugar and cafffeine in May,my head has never been clearer. There are plenty of decaf options out there (Taylors of Harrogate has a really nice decaf coffee). I had a week of tense heads while I detoxed and then lovely clarity. I've been an avid tea drinker for over 40 years _ I never thought I'd quit, now I wouldn't go back for all the tea in china.
Just brought a kilo of the stuff back from Australia; ground and whole beans. It's all a matter of self control and management.
Waking up - 1 mug
Mid-afternoon - 1 mug
I'll go for decaf. I've tried the 5:2 fast too - twice I managed a couple of weeks. I'm hopeless at both self-control and management. It's down to low dopamine. I was even diagnosed (wrongly it turned out for the UK) as ADHD. I am what my chemicals say I am Still. Today I had two mugs of coffee with or before breakfast and a couple of mugs of peppermint tea since. I top up an old Evian bottle with water and drink loads of that to counter the dehydration that has been a problem. Early days, but I'm determined to get my head back first and my body in due course ... cheers.