All last night I was plagued with a splitting headache. It wasn't pleasant, but still I got more sleep than the two previous nights combined.
I figure that the headache was withdrawal. Over the past few weeks I've discovered that caffeine is good for getting writing done and I've had a lot of writing to do lately. I needed the extra juice to keep me focused. My medic job makes it so that I've been waking up at 0500 for the past three weeks (sometimes earlier) and like a stubborn idiot I refuse to let little things like sleep get in the way of my social life. So I've been going to sleep at 11pm or later usually functioning on 5 hours of sleep a night.
I'm not an addictive personality… I hate the idea of being enslaved by anything (yes people even my job), I smoke cigars but not at work. And I only smoke cubans or the sort that don't have a load of nice addictive poisons added. It's an indulgiance for me, not an addiction. I don't drink heavily but I do enjoy my beer, but rarely exceed drinking one or two a day. I love my mochas and I find tea pleasant and the stimulation helps my work, but it's not a fix.
So yesterday without even thinking about it I consumed no caffeine. The morning bev was green tea, not black (I hear things about anti-oxidants and stuff) and I just never got around to any coffee. By 6pm I was a dead man walking and by 8 I bowed out of the IM conversations with my friends to catch an early night as my headache was developing. Sleep was fitful, my body simply wasn't geared for the potential 9 hours I was granting it and I was up 3 times throughout the night each time the headache pounding in my temples.
This morning the 5 o'clock stomp was painful and I resolved to take some tylenol once I got to site. But it seems the green tea I consumed once again this morning has conquered my withdrawal and I am feeling fine and alert, no painkillers needed, which I'm pleased about. I'm not a big fan of taking painkillers and would rather see the issue that caused the pain resolved. Gotta take care of your self you know…