Off Topic: Sleeping Patterns

Another Off Topic post. Sorry but without access to my gear I’ve found a lust to write about things besides making music. Live with it.

Since I stopped drinking loads of coffee and switched to tea, I’ve also seen some of my sleeping patterns change ever so slightly. I find that I get more tired in the evening due to the lower caffeine intake, and I feel less down in the mornings until I have my first cup of black.

Taking this a step further I’ve decided to try and twist my sleep cycle and rhythm slightly backwards so that I go to bed earlier and wake up earlier. My decision comes not only from a shift in caffeine intake, but also from a string of articles I’ve read lately about the adverse effects of not sleeping enough. I also recognise some of the tell-tale signs of prolonged sleep deprivation mentioned in those articles. (No link, there’s a ton if you do a  search and .)

For the longest time I’ve been convinced that I’m a ‘night person’ but to be frank I’ve never made an effort to revert this and see what the alternative might be like (except from jet lagged periods). I’m really curious to see where this leads…

Have you ever tried to change your sleeping pattern? What was your experience?

Off Topic: Tea vs Coffee

Ok this is going entirely off topic, but why not?

Since I arrived in Sweden I’ve become a heavy tea drinker. Just like my friends I’m taken by surprise by this since I’ve always been a heavy coffee drinker and never really ventured into the world of tea. So why now? Turns out the temporary housing I’m staying in while waiting for my apartment has no coffee maker. I know this is hard to believe in one of the heaviest coffee drinking nations on earth.

teaSo instead of hitting the horrible instant coffee variants available I decided to give tea a try, and the results have been really interesting.

Though tea contains caffeine just like coffee, the amount of caffeine in a typical cup is much less. This mean my average caffeine consumption has fallen drastically which has made me much more sensitive to the substance in general. The result is that I actually feel the energy rush of coffee again!

As a result of consuming less caffeine I also sleep better at night and my stomach feels more relaxed. I’ve also learned to appreciate many tea sorts that I did not know about before.

In summary, the switch to tea has made me feel better, sleep better and enjoy several new tastes. It also lets me save the power boost of caffeine from coffee to when I really need it.

Have you done or tried the switch? What was your experience?