(06-28-2014, 02:23 PM)Realtor 1 Wrote: I stayed away from Caffenie for almost a yr but have started drinking Tea in the morning & coffee in the afternoon. Just don't take any after 4pm.
The temptation to use caffeine is very understandable but, in your case, I suspect stimulants like caffeine will be hugely destructive.
It takes days (actually two weeks, I've read) for the caffeine to get totally out of your system. So a simple rule like "just one cup, and only before noon" would likely still be bad for you.
Your life is being ruined by horrible lack of quality sleep. I suppose you won't want to hear this, but, in addition to tapering off sleeping pills, I think it likely that you will again need to totally give up caffeine.
I suggest giving up the caffeine first, because this would likely make it easier to taper off the sleeping meds.
I think this book is a good resource, and can be found on Amazon:
"Caffeine Blues: Wake Up to the Hidden Dangers of America's #1 Drug", by Stephen Snehan Cherniske