I love, love, love coffee!!!! Did I say I love coffee? I am a huge coffee fanatic, or maybe addict. Let’s just say that without it, THE STRUGGLE IS REAL. I literally cannot function until I have consumed my cup of morning joe. I was actually working on my laptop at a local coffee shop recently and overheard the owner interviewing a potential barista. I was a little embarrassed that I was able to mentally answer all of her questions, meanwhile the interviewee was struggling a bit. He had never even heard of a lavender latte. I was like whaaaaattt? I love lavender lattes!
So, now that I have a job where my schedule is a bit more flexible, I am able to get an adequate amount of sleep at night. However, I still have an overall feeling of fatigue. There are points in time throughout the day that I could lay down anywhere and fall asleep within minutes. I am not sure that this is normal….do you feel like you could lay down and go to sleep at almost any point during your day? This got me thinking….is something wrong with me? How do I figure out what is wrong? I decided I needed to investigate. Helllloooo internet! After a few minutes of research, I discovered many of my symptoms aligned with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Now you can probably figure out why I like coffee so much. One thing you may not know about me is I suffer from anxiety, not by choice. After a little more research, I came to find out that the coffee was contributing to my constant nap time feeling. Coffee can overwork your adrenal glands which are already pretty worked due to my anxiety issues. My over worked adrenal glands are tired, in turn leaving me tired. I decided to do a little experiment. Get off coffee. Depressing I know. I have swapped my java for green tea. It hasn’t been too bad so far, but I drink at least two to three cups where as I was only drinking one cup of coffee a day or two shots of espresso.
Replacing my habitual morning coffee with green tea has caused me to experience many positive health benefits. Coffee can be a bit dehydrating and I sometimes feel a little light headed if I do not drink an adequate amount of water. After drinking green tea I do not experience the same physical symptoms such as dehydration or light headedness which makes it much easier to perform my morning tasks. I also find it much easier to fall asleep at night, there are times when I have had a bit too much coffee during the day and can not fall asleep due to the anxious feeling the caffeine from coffee can give me.
If you are experiencing energy issues or having trouble sleeping, I challenge you to replace your morning coffee with tea. I haven’t completely given up coffee, there are still few occasions in which I indulge. When I do make coffee I use a french press which in my opinion makes the best coffee, aside from my nespresso machine that I have. If you are laughing as you are reading this, thinking “I will never give up coffee” (which has crossed my mind several times in the past) I highly recommend investing in a nespresso machine. It makes the best espresso!