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7Lil
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   Posted 11/4/2005 11:32 AM (GMT -7)   
I am one IBSer who cannot handle caffeine.  Anyone have any suggestions what I can do to stay awake at work on those really sleepy feeling days?  I'm dying over here and I can't have coffee.  sad
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   Posted 11/4/2005 11:41 AM (GMT -7)   
You can slap yourself silly yeah J/K (you have to forgive me I get really goofy on Fridays LOL)
 
I don't know what to say, I drink coffee no matter what.  I have a friend who recently had to cut out caffeine too and she used to drink coffee all day long (she lives in Seattle) and it was really tough on her but she says she's getting used to it.  Did you just recently stop caffeine all together?  There are aromatherapy scents to relax us, there probably are some that rejuvenate us and give us energy too... I'm sorry hun, thats got to be tough.
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   Posted 11/4/2005 11:46 AM (GMT -7)   
I cut out caffeine a few years ago when I noticed it affecting me. After all this time I still miss coffee and I still haven't found anything to help me stay awake.
Thanks Des!
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   Posted 11/4/2005 12:09 PM (GMT -7)   

You do seem a bit down today... you usually laugh at my funnys sad

I have noticed that the weather changes are making me more sleepy and depressed.  I think its called seasonal affective disorder.  I would suggest walking around as much as possible and drinking lots of water.  (and try not to think about being sleepy)


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7Lil
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   Posted 11/4/2005 12:26 PM (GMT -7)   
Sorry Des, I'm just tired and frustrated with work. I sure am ready for my weekend to begin.
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   Posted 11/4/2005 12:32 PM (GMT -7)   
A really healthy alternative to get some needed energy is exersising at least 3-4 times a week, hard at first but the all around reward is worth evey drop of sweat.
 
Coffee is a natural bowel stimulant, try cutting your consumption down and switch to decaff.

Take care!

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   Posted 11/4/2005 7:02 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm realizing that caffeine is one of my triggers too. Here's the problem: I LOVE CAFFEINE IN THE MORNING!

Oh well.

I once heard a fitness guru on tv say that a great alterative to a caffeine pick-me-up- is doing 30 jumping jacks as soon as you wake up. Maybe one of these days I'll try it.

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   Posted 11/4/2005 9:48 PM (GMT -7)   
I don't doubt that exercise helps increase energy; but what about those days you just don't get enough sleep? What do you do then? Years ago before class I would grab a yummy coffee on the way. Now I practically fall asleep at my desk at work. :(
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   Posted 11/5/2005 6:28 AM (GMT -7)   
i suggest cutting back at first, (folgers makes a half caff) then cut it all out.

when i cut something out of my diet/life, i treat myself to make it easier, could help...
for instance, when i started running, i made a cd of my absolute favorite songs, and would only listen to them when i was running, now i run so much i gave myself and ipon nano... or i reward myself with new sweats....

when i quit smoking i put the money i would spend on cigarretts in a jar and then bought myself fun things like candles or plants or yoga stuff... i am trying to get my husband to quit, but he is not quite ready, i think he will need a support group, patches, gum and a heavy bag! poor guy...

i cut out caffeine, now i treat myself to fun decaf teas... i like chai...
hmmm i guess i am easily manipulated...

there are a lot of natural products you can take though, raid a whole food store... i forget the brand, but they come in plastic tins (pastel colors) and they are 'natural cures' something like that. they have cold, stop smoking and caffeine formulas...

best of luck!! these may not work at all for you, but you should treat yourself to something everyday...
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   Posted 11/7/2005 9:07 AM (GMT -7)   
I used to be a big cokeaholic. I could drink a three liter Mountain Dew just on a Saturday (wonder why I gained weight?). I cut way down on my coke consumption when I was in college because I was poor and I would rather have food than cokes. I would buy a 12-pack or two of the generic stuff when I bought groceries, but when I ran out, I ran out; I didn't have any more until I went back to the store, which was usually at 3-week intervals. So being somewhat weaned off them was very helpful when I finally made the connection to caffeine aggrevating my gall bladder problems. I dropped it like a hot potato. Since having my gall bladder out I have gone on and off caffeine several times depending on whether my guts will let me have it or not. Currently I'm in the "not" stage. It's hard sometimes to resist a coke, especially when my fiance brings home the kind that I like the best. But when I have the fridge door open and I'm staring at it, I just imagine being on the toilet all the next day and the burning diarrhea I will have and the lethargy and I close the door and stay pure.

My new coke of choice is a Stewart's Black Cherry because they have no caffeine and very little carbonation and so don't bother me at all. Unfortunately they are pricey, so I treat the two of us to a four-pack once every couple of weeks or so. A couple of those really help to satisfy my coke cravings.

If you've been on caffeine for a very long time, it may not actually affect you anymore at any rate; you are just addicted to the taste of the drink. Me, I don't mind caffeine free drinks because it's the taste of the drink, not the caffiene I am after. I was on such high doses of caffeine for so long that it no longer affected me at all; I could down two iced vanilla expressos and go home and go to bed when I was in college. I noticed the change when I was in high school: I was doing our "hell week" in theater which was 3 nights of dress rehersal at appropriate show times (meaning we went until 9 o'clock or later, then I had a 30-minute drive home, then had to get up for school the next morning at 6), plus the Thursday, Friday and weekend showings. I was drinking two Mountain Dews a day to keep awake. By Thursday I was dragging despite drinking my usual number of cokes. And ever since that time, caffeine has done nothing to pep me up. It didn't even wake me up taking some No-Dozes in college while trying to finish a final paper. Might as well have been taking a plaing sugar pill.

So some of your dependence on caffeine may be psyhcological. Of course there is an actual connection to caffeine and alertness, but like any drug, with repeated use over a long span of time--and espcially with high doses--you become immune. So caffeine may not really be making up stay awake; it may be you just thinking that it does. A caffeine placebo effect, if you will. All the same, caffeine can have some withdrawal symptoms, though, including headache. You may want to be on the lookout for that and have ibuprofen or whathaveyou ready. Just give yourself a little bit of time and you will get used to being off it. Switching to decaf coffee will let you have the taste you like without the caffeine your body doesn't like. You may also want to try drinking non-black teas to try and ease yourself off. Green tea has a low caffeine content; I drink a pitcher of it every day at work. Black tea--a staple of Southern and Midwestern dinner tables--though, has a fairly high caffeine content; you will have to take it decaf too.

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   Posted 11/7/2005 12:35 PM (GMT -7)   
Hi Everyone, thanks for all your comments. However, I think you all may have misunderstood me... I am not addicted to caffiene, nor have I recently given it up. I gave it up years ago and since have never known how to cope with sleepiness when not having gotten a good nights sleep. I turn into a zombie when I have just 6 hours of sleep (or less) and I would kill for a Red Bull, or anything with caffiene - but I can't. I guess I'll see about getting some sort of aroma therapy candle to put in my cube on those really rough days.
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lilamyx
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   Posted 11/7/2005 1:07 PM (GMT -7)   
my aunty has colitis and she used to drink something called dandelion coffee or something , she use dto get it from health chops like holland and barret or something , she used to love it  ,not sure if it would b ne gud for u tho

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   Posted 11/7/2005 1:51 PM (GMT -7)   
I'm afraid, Lil, that you're just one of those people that can't get less than 6 hours of sleep. Most people, in fact, are zombies when they get less than 6 hours of sleep, despite the fact that too many get so little frequently. Personally, anything less than 8 hours is going to cause me to have a bad day, and I prefer to get 9. I used to rack up 10-11 hours on the weekends, but now that I don't have room-darkening shades on the windows, the sunlight gets me up naturally before then. People have been asking me since high school how can I get so much sleep; they just have so much to do before bed! I look at them in equal confusion and ask how they can't stop what they're doing and go to bed? BED is all powerful, BED is all-fixing, BED is just ALL. Sometimes, on the weekends, I just get in the bed and roll around and waller in it for a few minutes just to commune, then go on about my business. Sleep is not that annoying thing we have to do when we could be doing other things (although I do view bathing as such--I can't wait until they invent a waterless sonic shower that just pulsates germs, oil and dirt off you in under 30 seconds, but I digress).

My bedtime is pretty well set. I get sleepy between 8 and 8:30. I almost always lay down in bed and read a little bit before going to sleep. Even if I don't feel sleepy, if I have to work the next day, I will get in the bed by 8:30 and lay there reading until I get sleepy. I will eventually get tired enough to sleep. Luckily for me, I've always slept like a log. I only have trouble sleeping when I'm sick or I'm alone (haven't gotten used being alone in the new place--despite Stuart being out of the county for almost three months earlier this year). I may have a true bout of insomnia once a year.

If you have trouble sleeping, you should see a doctor. Light therapy in the wintertime can actually help you sleep because it helps regulate your body clock, so you can go to sleep when you should. Avoid exercising more than a couple of hours before going to bed. You may want to eat more than two hours before going to bed if your stomach is likely to bother you, but I find I can go to sleep regardless--although laying down with a too full stomach isn't very comfortable at first. Spend the last hour before bed winding down; check your e-mail, read the paper, watch t.v., read. Turn off most lights or dim them where you are doing your winding down because that will help tell your brain that it's getting close to sleeptime. Don't be cleaning house and wrestling kids less than an hour before bedtime or you'll require more time to wind down and de-stress.

My fiance sleeps pretty good most of the time, but he will go through periods of insomnia fairly randomly. When he has one of those nights--he will fall asleep, but wake up within a few hours and have to get up and do something--we can expect him to have more of them, so I always remind him to have a sleeping pill before going to bed the next night. That usually keeps him asleep and breaks the cycle (although he may take a sleeping pill the second night afterwards as well). Without them, he can have insomnia for a week or more.

I'm afraid I don't know of anything to correct a lack of sleep during the daytime short of a nap or coming home and going to bed early. The best medicine in this case, I think, is preventitive.

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   Posted 9/20/2012 11:01 AM (GMT -7)   
Hey guys, I'm resurrecting this as its the only post I can find related to this subject, and as abs doesn't go away I'm sure the op is still feeling it. I'm the same way, I avoid caffeine at all costs unless I need it. I take 1 pill of intensive bowel support every day by digestive advantage. That works on a normal day. If I need caffeine, however, I always Carry 2 pills of Imodium multi symptom. 2 pills is one dose, I usually take 1 pill before I drink coke or tea. 2 pills if I need coffee. Works great for me. I did research on Imodium it is safe to take long term, but I still only take what I need and when I need it. The one pill is good enough to harden the stool without backing me up, with coffee it's strong enough that the 2 pills does the same thing as the 1 with coffee or tea. I work in manhattan as a commercial real estate agent and can't afford to be in the bathroom every 5 mins, nor can I afford to fall asleep in taxis on the way to a meeting or to show a space. So this is what works for me.

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   Posted 9/20/2012 11:03 AM (GMT -7)   
Ps. U need the multi symptom bc it controls gas also. Otherwise you'll just be crop dusting the office all day... No goods.

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   Posted 9/20/2012 1:45 PM (GMT -7)   
You may laugh at this and I have no idea if there's any medical knowledge behind this theory, but back when I was pregnant with my two daughters, I would just drag without caffeine.

And my mom would swear by taking an ice cube and running it back and forth over the inside or your wrist, until the ice cube melted.

She claims this sends blood to the brain and you'll feel alert.

wink

Do I believe it? Oh on some wacky level, it could work. Did I try it? I sure did! lol
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