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1/2: I've been noticing a strange effect of caffeine lately. It's not just that I feel more alert and focused when I've had coffee; it's also that I tend to think that everything's more interesting as well. For example, when I've had coffee, I start noticing how amazing civil engineering is, or how awesome some new software library is, or how fantastic some piece of art is. Does anybody else get that effect from caffeine?

2/2: The problem, though, is that I'm super sensitive to caffeine; just one cup of regular coffee sends me over the moon. It has all of the above effects on me, but it also makes me extra irritable and anxious. I'd like to have the former effects without the latter. Presumably, some other kind of nootropic could help, but I'm nervous about experimenting. Anybody have any thoughts, advice, or similar experiences?

@jrc03c yep, same here but only the negative side. One cup and I become really sensitive on anxiety, with no real motive. I think you should try tea instead. The polyphenols contained in the tea make caffeine absorption way more gradual, instead of the coffee sudden caffeine spike, which could be the responsible for anxiety triggering.

@sunshine_recorder I hadn't heard that. Good to know. I wish I liked the taste of tea as much as I like the taste of coffee, but maybe it'll be worth a shot. Do you know if there's a significant difference between black and green teas as far as caffeine and polyphenol content goes?

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me reading this toot: how could anyone not like The Taste Of Tea— oh, you mean actual tea lol

@jrc03c When are you drinking coffee? The negative effects are generally less pronounced if you've had enough food and water beforehand. Don't drink it too early in the morning or too late at night. Between 1pm and 3pm is ideal because that's when attention starts to flag naturally.

@lrhodes I usually drink it first thing in the morning after breakfast (or by itself if I'm doing intermittent fasting). If I drink it after lunchtime, I'll be awake all night long.

@jrc03c Yeah, drinking coffee in the mornings messes me up. Too jittery and anxious.

If it's keeping you up, the trick is usually just to dilute it by making sure you drink plenty of water afterwards, but you could just be more sensitive.

@jrc03c @lrhodes maybe try drinking it a bit after breakfast? I generally have breakfast, read for a while (30 mins or whatever) and then have a cup of coffee when I start working. No idea if that'll work 'cause I don't have the same problem, but if that's actually what is happening this might help you.

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