Lately, I’ve been on a bit of an emotional rollercoaster, what with all of the freely-available caffeine I’ve been imbibing for my college finals. I’d drink a Stok shot to study or finish writing, but an hour or two later I’d inevitably start feeling a little bit sleepy, and then I’d feel downright pissed or almost sad about something I would normally not give a fuck about. These feelings are not normal for me at all.
Now I’m not the most emotional of people, but I’ve just felt so irritable ever since I started drinking one or two of those Stok shots and screwing around with my sleep patterns. Mind you, I was taking theanine to cut the caffeinated edge, but it’s been driving me nuts, and I couldn’t quite figure out what was wrong.
So instead of drinking just the straight Stok shot all at once, one day I decided just to take little sips as I began to feel drowsy. One Stok shot contains about 40 milligrams of caffeine in a little 1 oz. package, so it was a tiny sip. I found that this worked tremendously well compared to drinking it all at once then riding the spike down to the bottom of a soul-sucking hell.
So, some additional protips to enjoying your caffeine wisely:
- Use it when you need it most – Take a tolerance break: skip the caffeine when you aren’t at school or you don’t need it for work, i.e. the weekends. Typically I find myself substituting the coffee for loose-leaf green tea when I will only make a compromise on my fix.
- Spread your doses: Eric Barker has mentioned here that consuming “between 20-200mg per hour may be an optimal dose for cognitive function.” In the case of the Stok shots, you need to either distribute your doses as needed, or better yet, dilute them. As I mentioned, I will add one or two of them to a 99-cent beverage when the only money I have is a few quarters in my pocket.
- Add some carbs: Sure, if you eat keto-diet like me, you’re probably not going to pay this any mind. I started adding butter to my coffee and tea, but for the rest of you, a little fruit or honey or raw sugar in your coffee won’t kill you.
- Eat grapefruit: Tim Ferriss jocks this tip, as the naringins in grapefruit supposedly slow the metabolism of caffeine. I’ve tried it and haven’t noticed much subjectively speaking, so more personal research is going to be needed here before I can endorse this trick. The actual research on this has shown mixed results. Here’s a nay, and here’s a yea.