So, just under a year ago, I gave up caffeine. It was all for the sake of yoga and my adrenal glands (with my GI as a side effect), because they needed a break and I was abusing my body in a nasty way. Gotta love addictions. Unfortunately, over the last year, my ability to stay awake and be in any way useful for a full day dropped significantly. My natural sleep time went from 8 hours to 10 hours, woke up tired and groggy and never at a decent hour. It flat out sucked. No amount of orange essence, lemon water, or anything else worked. So…..back to one cup of coffee in the morning. Started that about the middle of this week, and while I'm not back down to 8 hours of sleep, I am more useful during the day and not nodding off at 2pm.
So far, the GI hasn't started revolting any more than with regular food, I'm hoping the vitamins and the cleaner diet will help keep it that way. Next up, getting to the gym more regularly.
Me without caffeine wakes up at 10 AM or after 9 hours of sleeping, whichever is later. Sometimes I can pysically get up earlier, but I can’t properly brane until ten. With it, even the day before, I’m functional enough to work even at 6:30, or after 5-6 hours of sleep, though 7 is best. But I gotta get that quart of coffee down before noon, or the next day just won’t happen right.
I think that’s one of my problems, too. My mum used to joke about the fact they had to wake me up in the hospital to feed, and that I never had a problem sleeping through the night. So I’m more than sure my body outputs more sleeping chemicals than waking chemicals. Working out and other “natural” activities to stimulate awakeness don’t work at all. So far, caffeine has worked the best. I just have to not drink 2 pots a day or mainline it like a coke addict.