I don’t know about you, but I am not a morning person. Every day, my alarm goes off. Every day, I hit “Snooze” at least five times. The worst parts of my day are a) the 30 second countdown before I tell myself I have to actually get out of bed, b) the approach to the bathroom, anticipating the sub-zero tiles on the bathroom floor, c) turning the shower off and d) drying my hair — the moment I apply a towel, I can feel my icy hair sapping away any remaining warmth.
I get the feeling I’m the only person that cannot bear getting out of bed. At 9am, everyone else seems cheery; I’m feeling miserable, trying to pry my eyes open. Sometimes, I even feel delirious, just trying to force myself to stay awake. So, I decided to do something about it.
This morning, I cracked open a tub of powdered Guarana, aka Paullinia cupana, a Brazilian herbal stimulant, and added a teaspoon-full to my coffee. This is one of those (seemingly rare) herbs that actually tastes nice as well as possessing psychoactive properties. Right now, at 9:51, I’m wide awake and not too bothered that it’s another 15 hours before I’m asleep once more. I’m just praying the effects won’t wear off and leave me in an unsuspecting heap on the lab floor.
One thing to look out for with Guarana is making sure you stir your coffee properly. If you don’t, the last dregs are full of powdery chunks, but it’s not the end of the world. Did I mention that this actually tastes pleasant?
Guaranine, the compound responsible for keeping my eyes open, is chemically identical to caffeine, derived from other sources, but that leaves out the plant’s other xanthine alkaloids, such as theobromine and theophylline. These stimulate the heart, among other things, so it definitely gets you going.
If Guarana really is this good, I think I’ll be using it every day. My quality of life has just increased dramatically!