Coffee. It’s a self-professed addiction that college students accept as the norm. Think about it though – have you hit that point where you shake in the morning before you have your coffee? Are you unreasonably grumpy when you hit that caffeine low? Do you think about coffee more than you think about your favorite food? If so, it may be time to try a caffeine detox. Here are a few ways to keep your energy up without that cup of coffee.
1. Exercise instead.
You can’t fall asleep on a treadmill, so it’s a good idea to replace that morning coffee with a morning workout. It’s a great way to get your blood moving early in the morning. After your workout, you will (hopefully) get a nice, warm (or cold!) shower and breakfast. There’s something about a morning workout that just makes a person want breakfast. So there you have it – healthy mornings and three different ways to wake you up. Unfortunately, this takes a lot more time than buying coffee, but you’ll be more awake and will avoid your regular caffeine crash.
Okay, this might be considered cheating because you’re not actually staying awake-awake, but taking a short nap can increase productivity later on. Remember though, waking up in the middle of REM sleep will make you angry for the rest of the day. Make sure to sleep for 20 minutes if you want a quick pick-me-up. If you have more time, though, sleep for a whole 90 minutes. This is a full sleep cycle, REM included, and you will feel refreshed when you wake up. Set your alarm for a little past 90 minutes though, because your sleep cycle starts when you actually fall asleep – not when you lie down.
3. Detox often.
The more often you force yourself to stay off coffee, the easier it will be to detox each time. Don’t wait until you get the shakes – try to detox as soon as you feel yourself getting grumpy without the caffeine. Give your system a break as often as it wants one!
Are you addicted to coffee?
Featured Image courtesy of Raymond Bryson via Flickr (CC-BY-2.0).