It’s been a while since my last sleep tip experiment, which I am still working on and enjoying its benefits of sound sleep. My latest experiment consisted of one week without any coffee. Before I got my job as the Sleepy’s Snooze Director, I would have multiple cups of coffee throughout my day. Once I learned how much coffee and caffeine affects your sleep if consumed in the afternoon, I cut back to just my one morning cup of coffee. But last week I went for the extreme, no coffee at all! How was I going to get through my day?! What am I going to do to give me an extra push in the morning?! I was nervous, but I knew I had to do this, for you my readers.
I feel as if this experiment would have been easier if A) my mom didn’t make coffee every morning (fresh brewed coffee is one of my favorite scents) and B) I didn’t pass four Dunkin Donuts, three 7-11’s and a Starbucks on my way to work (I can’t even count how many delis and bagel stores I pass). I resorted to two drinks for my coffee-free week; green tea and water. Drinking a glass of cold water is a much better choice for an afternoon energy boost than coffee or soda. The sugar and caffeine in coffee and soda will only lead to a harder crash; water will give you the boost (and hydration) you need to tackle the 3pm slump.
The first day was fairly tough; green tea doesn’t have as much caffeine as coffee. I had three cups of green tea on my first day just to try and add up my caffeine fix, which yes, is cheating, I suppose. But the green tea just didn’t give me that boost I needed on my first day without coffee. I do have to say that I was fortunate enough to not get the dreaded caffeine withdrawal headache during my experiment, which I now think is a sign that I don’t really need my daily cup of coffee.
By the middle of the week the only thing I was missing was the taste of coffee. I was drinking more water than I normally did so my body was fully hydrated which is a great natural way to give yourself an energy boost. I was also battling a bit of a cold and I think that because I was drinking water and green tea, my body was able to beat my cold more quickly. Completing this sleep tip experiment has made me realize that I don’t need coffee for energy. Not drinking coffee at all made it even easier to fall asleep at night. I felt that I was sleeping more deeply because I didn’t have coffee at all. This experiment really showed me how crucial quality sleep is when it comes to having enough energy to get you through your day. Coffee and energy drinks just don’t compare to quality sleep when it comes to your energy level.
Since I have completed this sleep tip experiment of no coffee, I have returned to one cup of coffee a day, but it’s more so to enjoy the taste of it. I love the smell of coffee brewed in the morning and I love the flavor, it’s just something I would miss. One cup of coffee isn’t bad for you; in fact studies have recently showed that drinking multiple cups of coffee in a day may decrease a woman’s risk of developing depression. But when it comes to sleep, coffee intake can definitely affect your quality of sleep. So if you have a hard time falling asleep each night, you may want to try and see if you can go a week without coffee and see if it improves your sleep quality.
Have you ever given up coffee for a period of time? Do you think you would be able to go a week without coffee? Tell me in the comment section below!
Contributor: Emily Barrett
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