Caffeine after COVID-19
Anonymous. “Caffeine after COVID-19.” BGSU COVID-19 Stories. BGSU University Libraries, 15 July 2020, lib.bgsu.edu/COVID19stories/items/show/73. Accessed 25 Feb. 2024.
|Caffeine after COVID-19
|Bowling Green (Ohio)
|Most days I went to campus during spring semester 2020 I would have 300mg to 900mg of caffeine from energy drinks alone (Brands mostly used were Monster, Bang, and Reign. Usually consumed not all at once, but between classes), plus some negligible amount from pop at the dining halls if I went (about 3-9 cups per trip depending on how busy things were). On days without class, I usually only drank one or four liters of pop. This level of consumption was built up for about a decade, and I had justified it to myself as completely necessary to perform my duties, as much of the time I was living in an environment that did not afford me sleep due to noise and light problems from neighbors. It was also critical due to job and academic obligations that necessitated I was alert, I’d often get chewed out for performing worse if I tried to cut back.
Despite a few prior attempts to wean off of it, COVID-19 forced my hand. Unable to tap into the american icon of free refills, and unable to sustain my consumption with limited grocery store trips, I had to cut back. I now find myself sleeping very frequently, often over 12 hours a day, and at random times. I am now the most active from about 1AM to 8AM, which suits me fine as there are less people to avoid, and internet speeds are faster. I’ve found that a small amount of caffeine (3-6 cans of pop a day now, depending on my course workload) is still needed to avoid physical issues from the withdrawal, but overall, I feel a bit better. I do feel lethargic, but maybe that’s just a more normal pace?