While in my 20s and younger, whenever I got a headache, I could sleep it off. It was my preference as for some reason, I was not too keen on medication for the most part. But, if I used it, I could use Tylenol and it would knock it out. Well, some time in my 30s and since then, Tylenol and sleeping it off no longer worked on my headaches. Somehow, I found that Extra Strength Excedrin was the only medicine that could take care of my headaches.
Well, around that same time, I would have periodic insomnia. Interestingly, it always seemed to coincide with headaches and an edginess with dizziness. Believe it or not, after all these years (I’m 43 years old now), only in the past couple months did I figure out that it all probably has to do with the caffeine in Excedrin! What a DUH moment that was . . . LOL! Obviously, my body is really sensitive to added caffeine and it immediately makes me wide awake as well as “wired”. Now, the side effect, as I mentioned a while ago here, it can be a great source of inspiration in my writing as well as just plain good brainstorming happening about the needs of my family as I lie there.
On the flip side, I have also noticed that my reaction to chocolate, one of my favorite “needs” over the years, has shifted in the past year. I’m not sure it has to do with the natural caffeine in it or not, since the reaction is different from the man-added caffeine as mentioned above, or if its the sugar I’m more senstive to. But, now within the hour of eating a Dove chocolate, I’ll crash and burn if I slow down at all. The sleep it induces, though, leaves me in quite the stuper throughout, though, so it’s certainly not restful. So, now I’m looking to decide how important my chocolate need is to my sanity versus the sleep stuper it induces 🙂
I’m looking forward to having another burst at my blog again. Each stretch of time differs, so time will tell with this one. I hope by writing in this style versus my seasons for being active on my e-mail lists it will encourage my completion of my book about right-brained learners. I have four chapters done to some level on that one and look forward to reaching my goal of December 31 to have it done.