Monday, 31 March 2008
Wednesday, 26 March 2008
I can’t ignore the energy boost and mental acceleration that comes from caffeine. But I do notice negative side effects when I drink coffee. Caffeine seems to make part of my brain overactive and another part underactive. If I drink a lot of coffee, I’ll often spend hours doing a bunch of low priority tasks, and I find that other unproductive habits are more likely to be done excessively. I become like a rat in a treadmill, doing more and more but not accomplishing what really matters. I also feel that caffeine blocks too much of my intuition and creativity. I miss subtle sensory input, and my thinking becomes too linear. Sometimes linear thinking is OK though. If I have a lot of menial tasks to complete, and I already have a clear to-do list to follow, drinking a cup of coffee can get me through them quickly. But if I have to sit down and do high-level work, caffeine will make a mess of my thought process and dramatically reduce my ability to concentrate. Additionally, caffeine definitely disrupts my sleep habits. Even if I have a cup of coffee in the morning and none for the rest of the day, I don’t sleep as well. I wake up in the middle of the night, or it’s hard for me to get out of bed in the morning. When I consume no caffeine, I sleep more restfully and wake up easily.
Tuesday, 18 March 2008
Tuesday, 11 March 2008
Sometimes I feel tired at about 10 o'clock at night, but then if I am on the net chatting I start to feel better and don't feel at all tired. On the weekend I stay up very late and then I sleep until lunch time. I feel like a vampire! Sleeping in the day and being awake in the night.
I know that I shoud go to bed earlier and have a healthier routine. The doctor told me that sleep helps you stay healthy, concentrate better and helps you re-energize after physcal activities like sports. He said we only grow properly when we sleep. Anyway I think I need to start going to bed earlier and stop living like a vampire.
(abridged and adapted)