Since going caffeine free just over a week ago, I have noticed an odd side effect. I’m super hungry. Even though I eat right before I go to bed**, I am getting massively hungry in the middle of the night. I tried to correct for this by eating even more before bed, but it isn’t working so far.
During my waking hours I have been eating more. My body is craving sugar, so I happily have been eating lots of ice cream. One would expect that this would lead to weight gain. It hasn’t. If fact, I’ve dropped a few pounds since this experiment started. So in summary:
- No Caffeine has resulted in worse sleep. My 8 hours rested is now 6.5 hours tired.
- More food and sugar has resulted in a few pound weight loss.
Nothing is making sense anymore.
Even though my sleep is still poor, my mornings are getting a little better. One positive benefit I am seeing is more energy in the afternoon. This is usually the period of the day when I am fighting to stay awake. Yesterday I actually got more productive work done in the PM than the AM. As a morning person, whose first real job was Army Basic Training, I can say that never happens.
I think I will make it 15 days caffeine free.
** Please don’t tell me eating before bad is metabolically damaging. That is nonsense. Read Is Late Night Eating Better for Fat Loss and Health? on Leangains. The best eating schedule is the one that results in the deepest sleep. For me it is having a full belly.
Caffeine will leave you sleepless by Christian. And in my test, lack of caffeine will as well.