On mornings and stimulants

Fluff post today as I’m having a busy week with school work (which I’d previously been taking some time away from), appointments, and baking a few things for something my mum’s doing at work.

Based on a prompt from Plinky: Do you need coffee to wake up in the morning?

Boy, do I ever, but not as much as I used to.

I became a full time smoker when I as about 19 years old.  I’d smoked before that, but at 19 I went from smoking a cigarette here and there with friends to smoking every day.  Not long after that, I became a pretty staunch 1 pack per day kind of person, and I rarely deviated from that over the years.  I would try to quit occasionally and usually smoke a little less for some time after starting up again, but I always returned to one pack per day.  Smoking and drinking coffee started early in my daily routine — just after I’d woken up and gotten ready — as early as I could possibly manage.  For many years, when my schedule allowed, I would just throw on some sweats and immediately grab my coffee and cigarette, before really doing anything else.

I managed to finally quit smoking about 2 and a half years ago (May 1, 2011), using the nicotine patch and a lot of lollipops and hard candies, and that seems to have diminished my reliance on stimulants quite a lot, though I’d say actually getting a proper sleep also helps with that.  I don’t wake up feeling like I won’t be able to do anything at all until I’ve got uppers in my system anymore, and I can go for a few hours even without having my first cup of coffee.

I don’t much like going more than a few hours without coffee, however.  It I don’t get some caffeine in to my system (energy drinks will do the trick, but I far prefer drinking coffee), I will inevitably get one of those awful addict headaches that everyone hates.  I can at least function these days, but I’m better off not waiting too long.  I do, however, consume a lot less coffee than I did when I smoked — I just find that I’m less dependent these days on artificial help when it comes to waking up and starting my day.


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