Regular caffeine (coffee) use is counterproductive.

1. Caffeine use interferes with high quality sleep. It also masks sleep deprivation. This seems like a good thing in the short term. In the long run, sleep deficiency is linked to an increased risk of heart disease, kidney disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, and stroke. (NIH) Among other problems. Drop the caffeine and fix your sleep.

2. Caffeine leads to peaks and valleys in energy. You may feel like you have more energy for a little while but then you crash. Getting enough sleep and eating healthily leads to consistent energy throughout the day. Which leads to higher productivity (and happiness).

3. Its another fucking thing to keep track of. Another excuse. “Oh I can’t do work unless I have coffee.” or “Don’t talk to me before I have my coffee”. There are enough things to keep track of on a daily basis without creating new problems for yourself. Our brains are always looking for excuses. Don’t allow them.

4. If you use it regularly, is has less effect when you need it. Whether its an all nighter for a deadline, a life or death scenario or just driving long distances.

5. The health benefits of coffee are not tied to the caffeine. So if you drink it for the health benefits drink decaf.

6. The taste is not tied to the caffeine. So if you drink it for the taste, drink decaf.

If you’re a regular caffeine user its hard to make the transition to no stimulants. I tried a few times and relapsed. The first week is terrible with headaches the entire time. The final time it took about 1-2 month before the cravings for coffee disappeared.

Its now been a year since I stopped using caffeine. I have more energy, less anxiety and more time.

Life is amazing.

^Day 35/90 312 words

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