Friday, August 20, 2010

Coffee Alternatives

I have been having A LOT of trouble sleeping lately. I think it may in part be due to drinking too much coffee. Unfortunately, not sleeping well is making me very tired when I get up for work in the morning, making me drink more coffee – it’s a terrible cycle.

So now I’m looking for alternatives to caffeine. I heard that eating an apple can be equivalent to drinking a cup of coffee, but I’m not sure if I believe that one. After all, I’ve eaten apples before, and I can’t say I’ve noticed it wakes me up especially.

Ginseng is generally accepted as the best alternative to caffeine. It's not habit-forming, the way caffeine is, and is said to help you stay more alert and energetic, but I am going to have a little trouble finding it in Iqaluit.

Cinnamon tea is supposed to help wake you up by improving your circulation, and regulating your blood sugar by improving the effectiveness of insulin. I used to make cinnamon tea by boiling some cinnamon sticks in a pot of water. It’s actually really good – almost sweet, but that could just be a mental association of cinnamon with sugar. It even tastes good iced. It also has a beautiful red-brown colour to it, making me wonder whether or not it would make a good dye. Hmmm….

On another note, today, I was introduced to the art of Heather Williams. She does fantastic mixed-media pieces of women with wonderful style. They're amazing, and very affordable! The colours and textures are just so vibrant and surreal.

I was also intrigued by this post from software developer Matt Katz, in which he describes the process of making an engagement ring! My boyfriend frequently jokes about making an engagement ring for me, but his plans often involve the inclusion of lasers...


  1. Coincidentally, many tea makers proffer an apple/cinnamon herbal tea option... Not that it will solve your problem especially well. I've always found exercise to be both the best thing to cure tiredness (not exhaustion, mind you), and the hardest thing to get at work.

    Maybe bench press some rocks? =)

  2. I'm not sure about the commercial apple/cinnamon. I doubt there's really all that much apple or cinnamon in most of them.

    I think exercise really is the best option, but unfortunately, not always practical...