Without any sleep last night I managed to serve breakfast, set off the washing and get the works payroll sorted. Then in the dog walk managed to spot more signs of the end of summer AND just about successfully focused the camera. All made possible by Coffee.

What would have happened if Caffeine had not been brewed for the first time. I dread to think.

Currently on a 3 year streak of no more than 4 hours sleep with probably half of that time operating on no more than 2 hours. That is certainly not out of choice. It’s also not really sustainable but I’ve been saying that since 2016.

Every morning my internal operating system boots into safe mode. The body drags me to the coffee machine and somehow a very dark evil smelling brew starts to enter my system. As the caffeine feeds into my bloodstream Safe mode moves to Zord the Zombie mode. Now some basic tasks can be undertaken. Not necessarily in the right order and almost certainly not to any level of competency – but we are at least off and running. All thanks to Coffee.

I did try to stop being so reliant on the caffeine fixes. It really isn’t healthy for you. So the coffee stopped. Withdrawal headaches were not pleasant but they passed. However most days I failed to get out of safe mode. Not much use for anything. Even the most basic tasks proved beyond me – that’s assuming I remembered to do the task in the first place. The coffee fast reached its lowest ebb one morning as I was fumbling around with a Tie for 5 minutes without being able to get the knot right before realising that the my work shirt was still on the table and I clearly had decided to go to work in the buff with my only attire being a red kipper tie. As a single parent, the single breadwinner that situation just can’t fly. So I restarted my daily fixes. The compromise was that no more than 4 cups a day could be the proper stuff. Anything else had to be decaf. That now works for me as long as I ensure that the first brew is NUCLEAR grade.

73 thoughts on “Caffeine

  1. Yes indeed! I actually asked my doctor if it was possible to put caffeine in my intrathecal pain pump. It IS possible but there’s no way to seperate it out from the other medications so I’d be getting it all the time. I already have horrible insomnia so we decided not to go forward with adding caffeine.
    I just drink the high octane stuff ☕and write things on my hands so I dont forget them. It works sometimes…

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  2. Can you believe, 69.8 years old and I’ve never drank coffee but 1 sip when I was young. I know caffeine is addictive, and I used to drink Orange Pekoe, but now I hardly even pick up a tea cup. Chocolate is a once or twice yearly thing, only because it is polite.
    What did my body run on? 4-6 hours of sleep a night and I was raring to go.
    Suddenly last year, things changed. I now sleep 12 to 16 hours a day. I can barely wake up sometimes, and I often fall asleep sitting up. It is like I am making up for lost time–the wrong way. I heard seniors hardly sleep. I’m the opposite.
    Good luck with your caffeine regemin, Gary. The world does seem to run on it.

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  3. You have to do what you have to do, and you can only do what you can do. But long periods of sleep are horrendous for the body and general health. I do hope that in time you can move on past this and sleep more each night.

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  4. Yup. Insomnia stinks. As for the caffeine, my hubby runs on it too. He gets very grumpy if he doesn’t get his fix. I can’t drink coffee any moreand can’t find an alternative fix. Maybe I should try the gin lol

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  5. I just love the smell of coffee. I’m more addicted to the idea of coffee. I’m tired all the time ( fibromyalgia). I decided (about 8 years ago) that I shouldn’t drink coffee. I never got a withdrawal headache. I lasted for six months. Nothing changed – so I went back to drinking coffee.

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  6. It’s really hard to hit the ‘like’ button on this. 😦

    Where’s the ‘i can empathise’ button???

    Nice pic – and well spotted! Those berries do look suspiciously like coffee beans (except coffee grows on long stems!) but they are from the Whitebeam tree: https://www.woodlandtrust.org.uk/visiting-woods/trees-woods-and-wildlife/british-trees/a-z-of-uk-native-trees/whitebeam/

    They’re related to Rowan berries that are high in Vitamin C and are edible. They make a decent jam, apparently??

    4 cups a day shouldn’t do you TOO much harm, but caffeine IS a stimulant and artificially stimulating your body to perform above what it is supposed to do, especially if you feel tired, but can’t sleep, is probably not something you should do too much of – if you want to live past retirement age?

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  7. Your story of the tie made me laugh, when not much else could have at 3:30 a.m. Obviously, my sleep schedule is as screwed up as yours! Thanks for the chuckle … now, for another cuppa coffee, for I still have work to do!

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  8. I’ve never quite understood coffee and me. I have never drunk tea unless I’ve been really thirsty. We start the day by sharing a large cafetière of strong coffee – mine black. I then don’t drink another cup for the rest of the day. If a group of us go out for coffee and cake I drink water – preferably fizzy. What the effect is I have no idea.

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  9. I had one night last week when I only had one hour of sleep – which is horrendous for me. I need more like 9 or 10 hours after my head injuries to feel alive the next day. I have had some problems with my flat since I came back from Australia and it was seriously messing with me sleep. Fortunately someone came and cut away all of the damaged carpet which has improved the air in the flat. I can sleep as normal now.

    But I don’t know how you manage.

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  10. I just switched to tea myself. Coffee was giving me an upset stomach and indigestion but I did enjoy it’s waking me up and getting me going effects. Tea is going well. Was a bit of a change though.

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      1. I’m still in the transition process. The first tow day it was green tea, then I went to earl grey for two days and then I had green tea today. Something with a little caffeine but not to make me stomach upset. So far so good! We’ll see what tomorrow brings. I’d be drinking the coffee if I could. My machine is loaded and ready to brew but thankfully the tea is working out well.

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  11. Here’s a tip (not that you asked for one so feel free to ignore) – in order to allow caffeinated coffee into your system in the morning to get you to wake up, drink a glass of water (preferably with some lemon in it) first. This will activate the cells in your body with proper fluids before you pour the dark brew into you. Then, when you’re done, drink another glass of water.

    I have done this for years now. Took me months to get used to it. But my body is now programmed to do it automatically. While I wait for the kettle to boil (I use a french press for coffee) I drink my water. In fact, I let it stand on the counter overnight so it’s not ice cold. If I have lemon, all the better (de-acidifies your body from the acidity that is coffee and tea).

    Try it for a few days. I do the same with alcohol. A cup of water before and after wine keeps the headaches at bay. 🙂

    At the very least, you will do your body a favour. It may or may not help with sleep, but it certainly won’t hurt you. ❤

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  12. I am sorry. I know that reliance on coffee is not great but I cannot function without mine. Do not talk to me if I have not consumed my coffee. Also I could not help but bark with laughter at the turning point for going back to coffee. 🙂

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  13. I’m a hermit-recluse during my morning coffee time, 1 mug of steaming hot coffee. I don’t entertain anyone during those precious few minutes needed to take me to a better place. If there’s any forgiving to be done, that’s the time for me😆.

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  14. And here I’m still drinking a pot a day. 🙂 Yeah, I’ve cut down i the past too, but in the end I just like my coffee. It’s necessary, yeah, but I’m my grandpa’s kid and just like the taste of it. “Make it hot!” he’d always say with a light bang on the table. Waitresses who knew home took his gruffness pretty lightly and could laugh with him, but new kids on staff always got a little weirded out by him.

    Hee hee, I get to scare waiters when I’m old! lol 🙂

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      1. Well as a substitute teacher, I can say it’s talked about, but we get very, very little training. Those in the traditional college setting–like, going to school for a degree in education–do get some training…I think. You know, I don’t know how much. I’ll ask around because considering what I’ve seen, that’s a really good question. I know when my mother went to college it wasn’t covered, but that was decades ago. When my classmates went on to study education special education was a separate degree, so not everyone chose that focus. Hmm.

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      2. The single best teacher he had for both was a young student teacher on his last school placement. He just got dyslexia and autism -had so many ideas. Speaking with him he said that formally he got a few minutes training in both but he had taken the time to learn himself. He had a young nephew with both. The NHS went into the schools here to talk about it and to give care advice on specific children. One of the clinicians who went said it was a waste of time. The teachers just not interested, some even played games on phone. They didn’t get one question from the teachers. For them it seemed like it was just tick a box – I’ve been on the training.

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