Thethoughtcounts176 wrote: M.M. wrote:
Thethoughtcounts176 wrote:Starting to have caffeine withdrawal lol. Reminded me of TLS1776's great guide here. Also might not be good for people with poor blatter control due to its diuretic proprieties. I'm pissing every 15 minutes right now, lol.
Something I recently realized I should've done when I took the LSAT the first time: caffeine pills, not coffee. Not sure if caffeine has the same diuretic properties, but at least you remove the excess liquid. Having to piss constantly during the LSAT definitely threw me a little bit.
Yeah, I'm weaning myself off caffeine entirely before I take the test starting yesterday. i usually drink tea. i have coffee when I'm out studying at the library or in Starbucks or something, but they're all diuretics to my knowledge. I'm planning on taking off for a week and a half leading up to the test. Then I'll just sleep as much as possible and hopefully recuperate in time for test day.
Be careful with this idea, caffeine withdrawal can be a serious issue if you are used to having it everyday and then go cold turkey or if you are used to a lot of it every day and then suddenly cut it back significantly. The main problems during caffeine withdrawal include trouble concentrating, sluggish/slow thinking, fatigue, irritability and headaches, all of which spell trouble on the LSAT under timed conditions.
Unless you are only an occasional caffeine consumer (not everyday), going for total abstinence is, IMO, a mistake since it takes a good amount of time for your brain to recover and adjust to get back up to functioning at full speed without caffeine, more than just a few weeks. In the next month up to the test one of the big things you need to be focusing on is speed and endurance under timed conditions, removing caffeine during the period you are trying to speed up the functioning of your brain and increase its endurance is counterproductive to getting better at taking the test under timed conditions when you have to go fast and last long.
Try moderating caffeine intake and managing fluid intake to minimize the risk of having to go to the bathroom during the test instead of trying to totally quit a drug you are regularly used to for functioning to some degree right before a really important test.
It's generally a bad idea to make significant lifestyle changes shortly before the LSAT that affect your body and brain, namely drugs/medications/substances/supplements/diet/etc. The general rule is don't pick up any new habits shortly before test day and/or don't try something new on or right before test day for the first time. If you are going to experiment, try it at least two weeks before test day and try it a few times to see if doing whatever works or not for you.
The corollary is don't try to quit or radically change current habits you currently have with whatever substances, whether it be caffeine, alcohol, or other drugs since withdrawal always includes bad effects and/or changes no matter what the substance. You don't want to put your system into shock and force it to change and adapt physically/chemically/biologically/mentally shortly before test day. Moderating use of certain recreational things is not a bad idea, just don't suddenly go cold turkey or make radical usage changes right before the test that could put your system in shock or off balance.
Save giving up caffeine, cigs, the sauce, the juice, maryjane, the powder, the pills, the glue, the smack, whatever gives you kicks... for after the test. You can always go to rehab after scores are released, you might want to anyway if you drink away the time waiting for scores.