Life without Caffeine…day three…
I never considered myself dependent on caffeine. I drink an occasional cup of coffee, but not often. Sure, I have like two…maybe four…cups of hot tea in the morning, but it isn’t coffee.
So imagine my surprise when I went to the doctor earlier this week for a checkup and the first thing he did after taking my blood pressure was tell me to nix the caffeine.
But, I’m innocent, I tell ya!
He laughed, shook his head, and then said, “No more caffeine.”
Okay, fine. I keep decaf on hand, I can handle it.
Ladies and gentlemen, day one was fine. Until about 8 pm when I finally sat down on the sofa and was out like a light.
Day two? Perfectly fine. But then 8 pm rolled around, and I crashed and burned.
I am now on day three of no caffeine, Friday night, I have plans that require me to leave the house. I’m a bit terrified that I’m going to fall asleep before I even leave the house!
I didn’t get headaches or grouchiness. I may have been a bit more scatterbrained (don’t laugh!) but overall, I thought I was doing okay. Apparently, though, caffeine is what was keeping me alive and kicking after the sun went down.
How could I have been so dependent and not known it? Those addictions are sneaky, I tell ya.
Anyway, I realized how little I actually know about caffeine, so I did a little research and learned a few things.
- Caffeine is a psychoactive drug and is used by most adults daily.
- After digestion, it can take up to 45 minutes for the effects of caffeine to begin and they wear off within three hours.
- The natural bitterness of caffeine is used as a pest deterrent in plants.
- It is recommended that adults not consume more than 300mg of caffeine a day. Most adults average over 600mg.
- And the most interesting thing…even decaffeinated beverages have some traces of caffeine in them. Boo!
We’re not going to listen to the last one. Excuse me while I double up on my decaffeinated tea.