16.9 Fluid Ounces

Up until now, I’ve felt a little intimidated by the requirement to actually have a point or theme in each post. Definitely a higher standard than I’m accustomed to holding myself to. With that in mind, I’m completely abandoning that requirement.

Currently, I’m basically sailing on the beneficial effects of 16.9 ounces of Red Bull. Like most people, I drink Red Bull for the promised effects of heightened productivity and the socially condoned high. My guess is that if the activity I was trying to be productive in was directing amateur porn videos, I could probably safely get by with the 8 ounce can.

Anyway, since I’m approaching a period that is going to require heightened productivity and extended periods of concentration, I’m once again wondering what the perfect combination of caffeinated beverages is for my situation.

In the past, I’ve generally gone with coffee with enough cream to avoid getting an ulcer and enough sugar to provide a light sweetness. This works until my average sleep per night drops down to around 5 hours. At that point, I start drinking Red Bulls at 4PM. For various reasons, it is very helpful for me to be sharp between 5PM-11PM and the Red Bulls are consumed with that in mind.

Anyway, I’m now beginning to wonder if there is a more effective way to handle this. Could I go to straight espresso and merely space the shots out through the day? Does the Diet Dr. Pepper I drink for hydration and maintaining my caffeine productivity high really make a difference?

These are the questions that vex me.


6 Responses to “16.9 Fluid Ounces”

  1. Paul Bibeau Says:

    I was once on a roadtrip for a magazine, and we got sponsorship from Sobe energy drinks. As a result the cooler was packed with them. When we ran out of food and water somewhere in Canada, and it was, like, 3 am, that’s all we had to keep us going. I drank about 325 of those things, and I think we killed and ate one of our group. But it also might have been a complete hallucination, because after you shoot 325 energy drinks, you are in a state of complete uncertainty about everything around you. Perhaps this has something to do with linden’s post below about quantum uncertainty. Perhaps energy drink abuse has caused some sort of timespace rip. Wait, my kidneys just shut down.

  2. Your’s is a question a child might ask, but it’s not a childish question.

    In terms of gaining the maximum stimulant/attention benefit, I believe the optimum timing and dosage is to evenly space your caffeine intake and keep the dose moderate. Also, make sure not to have too much caffeine late in the day. Peep this from How Stuff Works:

    “The most important long-term problem is the effect that caffeine has on sleep. Adenosine reception is important to sleep, and especially to deep sleep. The half-life of caffeine in your body is about 6 hours. That means that if you consume a big cup of coffee with 200 mg of caffeine in it at 3:00 PM, by 9:00 PM about 100 mg of that caffeine is still in your system. You may be able to fall asleep, but your body probably will miss out on the benefits of deep sleep. That deficit adds up fast. The next day you feel worse, so you need caffeine as soon as you get out of bed. The cycle continues day after day.”

  3. darbydale Says:

    I’m guessing referring to Paul as Peabo would be frowned upon. That’s a shame because I’d dearly like to know somebody named Peabo.

    I think I’d be willing to do just about anything if it involved sponsorship by a major energy drink. Well, anything short of traveling to a country that denied me access to a 24/7 store serving hot dogs at 3am. Never accept an assignment that involves travel to the Northwest Territories.

  4. darbydale Says:

    I’m totally on board with the concept of even spacing of caffeine consumption. I think the system begins to break down when you talk about processing all of the caffeine in my system before going to sleep. It just isn’t going to happen. I’m trying to stay focused for 15 work hours and coherent for 3-4 non-work hours.

    Speaking of sleep disturbances, after about 3 months of this, the return is regular sleep is psychologically brutal. For at least a week, my nights will be filled with periods of wakefulness and anxiety-filled dreams. It’s really fantastic.

  5. How to Take the Perfect Catnap.

    A catnap is supposed to increase alertness and productivity. With that in mind, I read somewhere that the perfect way to have a 20-minute or so catnap (you don’t want to hit 30 minutes or your brain essentially has to reboot, so you would want to set an alarm clock) is to drink a shot of espresso IMMEDIATELY before laying your head down for the catnap (I would probably do this around lunchtime or mid-afternoon — too late in the day and you’ll never wake up).

    Anyway, you drink the espresso and then take your catnap. It takes about 20 minutes for caffeine to really hit your system so when you wake up, you are supposed to be intensely rejuvenated and ready for many more hours of work and regular caffeine intake (red bull and coffee).

    I’ve never tried it, given my intense sleep problems, but it sounds like it might work.

  6. darbydale Says:

    I like that idea. I’ve heard of people using that method to get up in the morning. The trick was being able to wake up enough to down a cold cup of coffee.

    I didn’t know you had trouble sleeping at night. Is it because of lindendale’s night screaming?

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