Anywho, I digress …

Loosely based on what might have happened. Or not.

Cause and effect

Posted by episode81 on January 4, 2010

How much is too much?

I have always drunk a lot of tea – in a typical day, maybe 8 pints of black tea with fat-free milk.  Yes, 8 pints.  I really like tea.

Every year, at my annual physical, I get told to cut back.  I have never paid any attention to such an outrageous request!  I don’t like to drink water, never liked soda/fizzy drinks (Champagne excepted!) and will drink coffee when Typhoo is not available. Typhoo is expensive in the USA – if you can find it.  My Mum sends me large tea parcels several times a year to keep me going.  Thanks Mum!  I have always firmly believed that caffeine has no effect on me.  Oh, I get withdrawal headaches if I miss a cup here and there, but that’s about it … or so I thought.

I have been “at leisure” recently and, consequently, my tea consumption has dropped as I have no real routine.  Routines are good, but there is something (well, quite a lot actually) to be said for waking up without an alarm clock and planning the day on the fly.

For as long as I can remember, it has taken me 2 hours to fall asleep at night.  I never fall asleep in front of the TV.  I am not a morning person.  At times, I am not much of an afternoon person either.

Anywho, I digress …

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With my consumption of tea way down, I have noticed something that most people would find rather obvious.  If I drink tea or coffee after 3pm, then I can’t sleep.  Then I also realized that I have been falling asleep in minutes rather than hours recently.  In addition, I fall asleep in front of the TV.

The day before yesterday, it finally dawned on me.  All that tea had been keeping me awake.

Good grief, I am slow sometimes!  I have probably been drinking tea for 35+ years.  That is really slow.  Perhaps it was all the caffeine 🙂

Lisa

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2 Responses to “Cause and effect”

  1. magick tea said

    Love your post today! Isn’t it funny how it often takes us MUCH longer to recognize these things in ourselves?! Congratulations on the new discovery!

    I wanted to reply because I too am a huge tea drinker (so much so that I’m starting my own tea company but they’ll be herbal teas) — anyway, when I had to cut back my caffeinated tea consumption, I switched to adding Herbasway green tea (non-caffeinated) drops to my water — it took a few glasses to get used to the taste but I absolutely love it now and think I am the person keeping these guys in business. 😉 Perhaps give it a try….

    http://bit.ly/7Y9VO9

    I swear I don’t work for them! ha 😀

    Cheers! -Christine

  2. episode81 said

    Ah, you have hit one of my hot buttons 😉

    Herbal infusions are not tea. Tea has actual tea in it – herbal infusions are made from the floor sweepings of the Potpourri factory.

    Lisa.

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