I have slept poorly on a lot of nights recently. Or at least I haven’t slept nearly enough for me to feel well rested in the morning. I either just go to bed too late or I can’t fall asleep quickly. Or I wake up early and can’t go back to bed because my mind is too busy. This morning I thought maybe I should cut back on my coffee intake or to cut out coffee altogether in hopes that maybe less caffeine in my bloodstream might help.
I made it not quite till noon before I caved and stopped at a Starbucks while I was running some errands :-(
Because I was sooooo freaking tired. I went to bed after midnight last night and had to get up around 7 AM to take my mother to a doctor’s appointment. I’m still tired, so I just had another cup of coffee this afternoon, because I will have to stay awake until around 11 PM because of a local Greens meeting. At least I enjoyed that coffee without any multi-tasking, i.e. not sipping it while reading blogs or Twitter or doing anything at all. Just me and my coffee. And my thoughts. Which I tried to just let float by and not bother me for a while.
On the bright side: It’s one cup of coffee less than on many regular workdays. And I will be able to sleep in tomorrow, because I’m on vacation :-)
I have had shocking problems with my sleep for the last four years. Cutting out caffeine (I am a tea drinker) never helped. The only thing that has helped is my mother’s advice- she told me that when she wakes up too early in the morning (i.e. before 6:00 a.m.), she just lies in bed. She won’t read or get up or anything. Even if it’s 2:30. She said it took a while, but eventually she retrained her body to learn that it might as well go back to sleep because nothing else was going to happen.
I started doing this at Christmas. Before that I had weeks at a time where I would be up for the day at 3:00 a.m. It took a couple of months, but now I almost always go back to sleep, even if it takes me an hour or a bit more to do it. It’s really helped me.
That sounds like the best cup of coffee ever. I cannot think of the last time I had a cup of coffee, by myself, and didn’t do anything at the same time.
I make it a rule not to have a coffee after about 2 pm, otherwise I risk insomnia. It can be tough sometimes though. But I never feel guilty about having one before then.
My problem is, that I can’t shut my mind up whether my body is willing to go back to sleep or not. It’s my constant thinking and worrying and fretting that is keeping me more awake than I would like. I usually stay in bed to do it though :-) Unless it’s close to a “normal” time to get up anyway…
You should give it a try, it’s quite relaxing. Caffeine or not. But I admit it’s not easy to really do nothing else and to just be…
Maybe I should avoid coffee in the afternoons as well. But a quick stop at a Starbucks when I’m out running errands and feeling tired is always soooo tempting :-)