I knew it. As I lay there in bed listening to the mantel clock chime midnight, I chided myself for my choices. Well, not right away of course. First off, it was the blame game. Why does this have to happen to me when I want to be particularly alert tomorrow, when I planned to get up a half-hour earlier than usual just to make sure I have everything ready for a client retreat tomorrow?
I’m the one who preaches on the best practices for good sleep, and what did I do yesterday? Yes, I had, not one, but two cups of regular coffee—knowing, mind you, that I am sensitive to caffeine.
What is that thing that happens between knowing a thing and acting on it? I’ve been sleeping so much better avoiding the caffeine, but somehow I think I can get away with a cup or two “once in a while.” Well, coupled with the excitement over what the next day would hold, that decision proved to be disappointing.
The combination of caffeine and emotional stimulation left me buzzing for a couple of hours. You’d think that would be enough to create a firm resolve to NEVER drink coffee again, especially if you have a lot going on in your life.
I know some studies point to coffee’s antioxidant content and even a connection with longevity, but depending on how sensitive you are to the caffeine, the rise in cortisol might cause you to go looking elsewhere for your antioxidants…oh, like maybe a couple of squares of really good, organic, 85% dark chocolate!
And for a morning drink? Lots of health gurus recommend squeezing half a lemon in some warm water for its alkalizing effects. For a similar effect, I’ve found that raw, unfiltered apple cider vinegar—with a little bit of local honey—in warm water is a great way to start the day. Then, perhaps, I’ll allow myself one cup of organic decaf and I’m good to go.
My new mindset? No cup of coffee is worth my fighting to get to sleep. Period.