I was introduced to coffee by my mom when I was struggling with my PMR (Penilaian Menengah Rendah) back in 2009. So, to pull all nighter and burn the midnight oil, my mom will usually make me a big mug of hot coffee (with love of course), and watch me revise. And this habit continues to another big exam, SPM (Sijil Pelajaran Malaysia), the next two years.
During breakfast, I take coffee to wake myself up. Look at that rich latter, awakening aroma. But I'm not the only one. Malaysian adults showed a satisfactory habit of drinking plain water, with 99% drinking at least six glasses of plain water daily. Other beverages such as tea (47%), coffee (28%), chocolate-based drinks (23%) and cordial syrup (11%) were also consumed on daily basis, however, in a smaller proportion of the population. Full research here.
But some people doesn't have this habit, but they can stay awake, too?
So I asked a question on Twitter to find out!
Some people replied that they changed coffee to tea, because it has calming effect. I agree that when I drink tea, the warm scent gives me more relaxing vibes, compared to coffee. According to research, coffee can cause anxiety (read: here). But mild anxiety, could kickstart the day and makes me feel so driven to do my work. How lah?
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One of my Twitter friend suggested a good sleeping hygiene and scheduling to help me overcoming sleepiness in the morning. A doctor she consulted told her that sleeping at 10 p.m. and waking up 7 a.m. is the most adequate sleep to help human to function wholly, throughout the day. But as a self-claimed owl who usually spend hard time sleeping at night, this is a big upturn in my sleeping habit. Can I do it? I plan to try doing this 2 times a week, as a slow start. Probably I can develop it soon.
Here's a list of replacement drinks for coffee, if you would like to try.
p.s. For those who don't take morning coffee, HOW DO YOU GUYS STAY AWAKE?
p.s. p.s. I don't know how to ditch coffee. I bled coffee, kut.