Oh, coffee. What a wonderful beverage. We all love the caffeine in it. Research has even indicated it protects against type 2 diabetes, Parkinson’s disease, liver cancer, and liver cirrhosis. One study even says it is the number one source of antioxidants for Americans. Athletes use caffeine to boost performance. That’s how I rationalize drinking it in the morning before I go out for a run. I don’t drink it all the time but it is a nice kick every once in a while.
I am the type of person who is easily affected by the caffeine in a cup of coffee. At times it can be a wonderful thing. I get halfway through a cup and it’s like I can do anything and everything and I want to do it right now! It’s a euphoric, motivating feeling (perfect for starting a run). It can last all day for me sometimes, even on just that half a cup. Nothing else does it like coffee, not even tea or energy drinks.
Other times, it is not so great. I usually tell myself no coffee after 9am to avoid staying awake all night. Yesterday morning, I had a single cup that I didn’t even finish, at 6:30am. Guess what happened that night? You guessed it. I couldn’t get myself to go to bed. Once I fell asleep, it wasn’t a restful sleep. When I got up in the morning what did I do? I had another cup of coffee. It is now 6 hours later and I am still feeling that buzz. My dad, on the other hand, can make himself an espresso right before bed and be totally fine.
What’s a girl to do? It looks to me like I am going to have to cut back. For someone who only has coffee occasionally, that is looking like cutting it out completely. It isn’t a big sacrifice but it is a habit that has to be broken. I will make the compromise, however, that I can have a little bit when I REALLY need the kick in the butt. Until that happens again, I will enjoy my nights of uninterrupted sleep!