I can’t recall the last time I had caffeine.
I had a 12 pack of Coke Zero that ran out at some point before January 9th. I know this, because I went into a grocery store looking for a particular grapefruit package that was on a good sale, along with a few other things, and recall specifically deciding to not grab a replacement case. As they didn’t have the grapefruit, I took a shot at the customer service counter, and they were kind enough to provide a rain check for the discounted price, and it is dated 1/9/13. I did go to my brother’s house the weekend after, and at the end of the visit, I had him check the fridge to see if he had any cans of Diet Dr. Pepper left. He did not, so, I drove home with the music turned up loud to stay awake (not that with my insomnia and night owl-y-ness, I’d have any problems staying awake at 11 pm). After that, the past week and change? No soda pop. I’ve turned down any offers of tea or coffee.
For me, the interesting part is that I didn’t plan on it at all. This was not an effort to cut down on pop, no try at reducing caffeine to see if it’s playing a role in the insomnia. It’s just happened, because there doesn’t happen to be any pop in the place, and I haven’t ventured out to a grocery store in a couple of weeks, and I haven’t gone inside a gas station even when I filled up the tank. And the weird thing is that I haven’t noticed until now.
This is very strange, because last spring, I did explicitly try to quit drinking pop, to cut myself off caffeine. Part of it was a perverse, let’s see if I can do this! challenge, and partly it was an effort to see if my wrecked sleep patterns could be tamed if I just reduced the caffeine in my diet. That experiment did not last long, as I spent a few days with a constant ibuprofen resistant low level headache. Eventually, I imbibed a caffeinated pop, and the headaches abated, and the experiment was abandoned with no further trials.
It’s an oxymoron, then, or perhaps a paradox if I want to be linguistically correct, that this non-attempt is succeeding, where actually trying to reduce/quit caffeine had such disastrous results. As the insomnia hasn’t abated, I’m willing to declare that caffeine isn’t the culprit. Have to get to the grocery store soon, and maybe I’ll grab some pop, maybe I won’t. I’ve proven, without trying, that I can exist without caffeine for a couple of week, for whatever that’s worth.
Title courtesy of echolyn, from the song "Mr. Oxy Moron", as seen from apprx 5:00 - 12:00 on this youtube video.