I'd never heard a convincing case for giving up caffeine, but this could be an interesting one. Has any habitual coffee drinker experimented with stopping? What were the effects? https://www.newyorker.com/tech/annals-of-technology/how-caffeine-can-cramp-creativity
@bkam @machado I quit for six months. The first week is brutal. Step down consumption slowly and take something for the headaches. Afterward though I have to say I did not notice a huge difference. I eventually went back to drinking coffee. Though I did drastically lower my overall consumption, 5+ cups per day to 1-2.
@bkam stopped drinking coffee before Christmas. Went cold turkey. A couple days of withdrawal but then fine. Now I’m back to drinking it, but only on days when I write and only between 0800 and 1000 (to sync with circadian rhythm). It’s much better. Also of note: swellandcut.com/oxygen-not-coffee
@bkam I quit coffee & soda for about 4 months, switched to tea, drank a lot of tea, recently inched back up to about a cup of coffee per day. I have found it extremely hard to quit caffeine entirely. I find it fights fatigue and helps me focus, and I have found it only impacts creativity to the extent that excessive quantities bring on jitters and anxiety.
@richard I agree. It seems to mostly have positive benefits. The past week and a half I've been aiming to write 2000 words per day. I do not find that if I have my first cup of coffee at the 0, 1000, or 2000 word mark makes much difference to how good the writing is, but it does affect how quickly I can do it.
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