Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Caffeine Cycle

About twice a year, I attempt to quit caffeine forever. This is not one of those times.

I had significantly reduced my caffeine intake -- maybe a black or green tea in the morning and a Sodastream when I got home from work. More than none, but not two cups of coffee, either.

Then, at some point I had to get up earlier than normal. Or maybe I got engrossed in something in the evening and didn't go to bed on time.

Either way, it starts with making a hot chocolate with a shot of coffee. Just one shot! Just... a little something to take the edge off.

Headaches follow shortly after.

Today, I'll say, just today I will have a half cup of coffee. Not much. Just to numb this headache, then I'm done.

The next day, maybe the headache comes later, so the coffee comes later.

Maybe I make it until the evening and drink too much Sodastream.

However it goes, it's the 8pm caffeine injection that cuts me loose from reason, and I find myself staring at the wall at 1am, wondering why it's so hard to fall asleep.

Unwilling to mess up my schedule, I still set my alarm to go off early. Then I'm tired in the morning, so I start my day with coffee. I'm tired when I get home, so I take a nap and then drink some pop. If it's Friday, maybe I'll get Starbucks and stay up super late! Excellent idea, sir!

This time around, I think I'll try to scale back before the next phase, which could be titled, Zombie Matt Sleepwalks Through Work, Naps All Afternoon, and Is Rude to Everyone.

After this cup...

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