I had just noticed, this evening, as I took my nightly, before bedtime dose of Tylenol 2
That one of the ingredients is "Caff".
I sort of made a mental note- "Oh! I'll bet that's "Caffeine"..." and didn't think about it anymore.
Until about 30 minutes ago.
When AGAIN, I awoke in the middle of my sleeping night.
I did the usual waking up in the middle of the night things- went to the bathroom, took a couple of pills for pain (just an Extra Strength Tylenol and a couple of regular Ibuprofen)
And went back to bed.
And laid there.
And while I lay there, of course, my mind couldn't shut back down- even though I barely turned on a light so as to not fully waken the baby (old habits die hard).
About 10 minutes ago I remembered the "Caff" and got up to investigate.
I was correct for 300 points, Alex.
Although each Tylenol 2 has only 15 mg of caffeine, making the sum total 30 mg, I wonder if that's enough to be doing this to me.
There is a hauntingly familiar pattern to my crappy sleep nights: having been prescribed only 40 pills for 5 days, I decided (when the pain was starting to get less- and consequently, when I was beginning to catch up on my sleep) to leave the Tylenol 2's for daytime use when I was moving around more. That was a good plan, and I was sleeping better at night.
Then I went from the stack of pillows (to keep the head a little elevated and the neck from feelings of choking) back to just one (to give the back and hips a break).
At which point I switched from Tylenol 2 during the day, to 1 Extra-Strength Tylenol + 1 regular strength Ibuprofen, saving the Tylenol 2 for the 12 hours dedicated to sleeping.
At which point I also began sleeping worse.
Knowing that I seem to be getting fairly sensitive to caffeine in my advanced middle age, I was wondering, as I lay not sleeping at 3:15 this morning, if 30 mg of the stuff would be enough to keep me from falling back to sleep easily when I wake up in the middle of the night.
It might be.
That's how I react to coffee after lunch. No problem falling asleep (unless I've had maybe 3 or 4 cups of coffee...) BUT if I (and in my, again, advanced middle age when don't I) wake up during the night, I have a hard time falling back asleep.
Hmm... it might also explain the weird thing that happened Friday morning... when I turned the kettle on at breakfast time, and found myself reaching for... the instant coffee...!!!!
THAT was a completely unnerving experience! But maybe more explicable now that I've considered it...
Good thing there are only 2 Tylenol 2's left. I'll use those to get me through Church tomorrow, unless I can't fall back to sleep in the next 10 minutes.
Cue the lullabies and warm fuzzy thoughts.