At about 2:30 this morning – or 3:30, whatever stupid daylight savings time – I was still wide awake. In fact, I had stayed up working on various PTO and other things that needed to get done until almost midnight (old time), not realizing it was that late. It was great to get stuff done, but I’m a lady who needs her sleep, and I had to get up early to get to choir practice before church.
I finally laid down in bed close to midnight, but sleep just wasn’t coming. No worries, I usually read something for a little bit and have the Food Network on for awhile in the background. I read three articles in Strategy & Business, which is usually more than enough to send me off to slumberland.
Nope, still awake, but I decided I at least needed to try to get some sleep, so I turned off the light and closed my eyes. Nothing. I tried doing breathing exercises and counting backwards slowly. Nope, still awake and not really interested in sleeping.
Now I was getting annoyed.
There was no sleep coming, and I didn’t even feel tired. I could count the minutes ticking by though, and I couldn’t shut my brain off. Just because I couldn’t shut my brain off doesn’t mean it was actually functioning, however.
If finally dawned on me as I was running through the things I needed to do today what I had done yesterday. I took the wee ones to the chiropractor. Then I went to choir practice. Then I started soliciting donations for the wee ones’ preschool fundraiser.
A red flag finally went up.
I hadn’t had time yesterday to eat by the time I was soliciting donations. And at 12:15, I was getting pretty hungry. And I happened to be at a Dunkin’ Donuts / Baskin Robbins combo. You’d think that I’d go for a donut or some ice cream or maybe even a breakfast sandwich, right?
Yeah, not so much. Me, who doesn’t get out to eat much, decided that the Iced Mocha Swirl sounded really good. And it could sorta count for my meal, too. Done and done.
Uhhh. Yeah. At about 3 or 3:30, I realized that the Iced Mocha Swirl I had so thoroughly enoyed contained caffeine. I don’t consume caffeine. I don’t drink pop, and I don’t like coffee. And I fortunately don’t eat enough chocolate to count.
A lesson for all. If you don’t drink anything with caffeine on a regular basis, ingesting caffeine will really affect you. You won’t be able to sleep. And you won’t be tired. Well, at least not until the next day when you rue that caffeine and swear to yourself that you won’t drink anything with caffeine in it again.
Especially not on the second Sunday in March when you’re already losing an hour of sleep.