Can I just say… best decision I’ve ever made. Yes Monday was really tough and Tuesday and Wednesday were a little tough as well. But honestly, I feel great now!
I wear a fitbit and I’ve been looking at my sleeping habits since I quit caffeine. So the night before I quit I slept for 6 hours and only 40 minutes of that was deep. Since then I’ve been sleeping for 7 hours or more with over an hour deep sleeps every night. Noticeably, the first night I had 1hr and 40mins of deep sleep.
It’s actually amazing how having enough sleep makes a massive difference to my everyday life. Not only that but I’m falling asleep the moment my head hits the pillow. Whereas before it could take anything up to 90 minutes to fall asleep.
There’s a couple of things to note though… It’s really hard drinking decaf drinks. Not because I don’t enjoy them because I do. But working in a professional business industry, no one ever thinks about including decaf when there are meetings. Wednesday, I had a meeting and there was no decaf coffee or tea, so I had to ask. But I felt that I was being awkward. And although I could have had fruit tea, I’m not too keen on them. I’ve also had to buy my own beverages to take to work as it’s not included in the monthly tea/coffee “kitty.”
But generally, it has been such a good choice I’ve made!
After about 5-6 hours of a pounding headache, I gave up and left work early. I got home and just slept for an hour! I don’t think I’ve ever had a headache so bad and for so long before and it really did take it out of me. I’m not going to lie, I almost gave up and had a coffee on numerous occasions throughout the day. But I pushed through and just thought about the pain I’ve gone through already and how much of a waste that would have been.
I got into bed at 10pm last night and boy did I fall asleep fast! And slept all the way through (well except for a bathroom break). I woke up feeling amazing! I got out of bed straight away, I felt awake, even my other half said I was too awake for that time in the morning! (Although to be fair I was dancing around the kitchen so I totally get it !)
I’m currently sat at work, I can feel the start of a headache brewing in my head and my eyes are quite sore. But I’m going to keep in mind how well I slept last night. Fingers crossed that yesterday was the worst day and that things can only get better tomorrow.
So after getting engaged a month or so ago I decided it was time to give myself a kick up the backside and start to think about becoming healthier. My first step this week is to give up caffeine. Today is my first day, and I have to say I am already struggling! My other half convinced me to give up and I said yes almost to prove him wrong, but I kinda wish I hadn’t now! These headaches are a killer and trying to work alongside it is just horrible!
I was drinking probably about 6-7 cups of coffee a day. I actually hadn’t realised I’d become so dependant on it. I just thought I enjoyed the taste of coffee. But over the past few months I have noticed that if I don’t have a cup of coffee for a couple of hours I start to get really grumpy. I’m also incredibly tired all of the time, yet I can’t sleep when I go to bed. I also feel very sluggish most of the time, and just don’t want to do anything at all. I’m also spending a ridiculous amount on Starbucks at work because the coffee tastes richer and stronger than the everyday instant stuff. I basically needed to sort it out!
I’ve done my research and I know that the side effects could last for a week, I’m struggling after about 12 hours! I’m just keeping in my mind the benefits of being caffeine free, it will be worth it (I’m sure!)