My body reacts severely to caffeine–severely as in if I drink coffee or take Excedrin at any time during the day (even in the morning), I can’t sleep at night. I’m not exaggerating; I will literally not sleep for the entire night. I’ll be exhausted, but I won’t be able to fall asleep. It’s awful.
Needless to say, I avoid caffeine as much as possible. However, this week, between changing my sleep schedule, being sick, and having to concentrate for longer than I’ve had to in a while, my body just wanted sleep constantly. Unfortunately, I was also really busy so I couldn’t give in to it.
By Thursday, I knew I had to do something, so I did the unthinkable: I woke up even earlier and stopped at Starbucks to buy green tea. To tell the truth, I’m not sure how much caffeine is even in the kind I got because I’ve had it before without the horrible no-sleep effect. But from my quick googling, it definitely contained some caffeine.
And…I felt more awake for about 2 minutes. But the point wasn’t really to help me feel better–just to ensure I didn’t actually fall asleep at my desk. So: success!
Will I keep buying green tea or other caffeinated beverages when I need a little pick-me-up? Probably not. I don’t want to spend the money, and I don’t really want to waste the calories on a drink. Plus, I’d always be a little bit afraid of not being able to sleep at night, and you don’t want to know me when I haven’t slept all night. So really, avoiding caffeine is a public service. You’re welcome.