Wednesday, July 28, 2010


So, uh, the horrific insomnia I wrote about a couple of posts back? That's been keeping me awake, wandering my house and eating pudding cups after midnight for nearly a month now? You know what else has been going on for nearly a month now?

*dying of shame*

I've ... um ... kind of been drinking iced tea by the bucketful. Like almost a pitcher a day.

And I understand that for most of you, this would be a no-brainer connection. Tom had even asked me at one point, as I sat sipping an enormous frosty cup of iced tea at 7:30 pm, if it had caffeine.

"No," I assured him happily, "It's Lipton. All Lipton tea is decaffeinated."

Right? Right? Tell me I'm not alone on this (wrong) assumption. Wasn't their slogan something like "naturally decaffeinated" a few years back?


Well, fine. Suffice it to say that the lack of sleep had become dire enough that I was wracking my brain (and the internet) to figure out what had been keeping me awake at night.

1. Perimenopause/shifting hormonal levels (self diagnosed!)

2. Brain tumor (always a favorite contender)

3. Tom and his creaky C-PAP mask that he wears to sleep (hey, what good is being married if you can't blame random crap on your spouse?)

I don't even know what led me to the cupboard where I keep the tea bags, but as I turned the box over and over in my hands, I do recall thinking You'd think if this stuff was decaffeinated that they would advertise that somewhere on the box. No proudly emblazoned "naturally decaffeinated." Suspicious.

And, oh! There on the back by the nutritional information were the words "This product contains 10 mg. caffeine per 8 fl. oz. serving." I stood there stunned. I felt personally betrayed.

That was three days ago. I've had two really good night sleep since.

1. Early Alzheimer's (what company used to say "naturally decaffeinated"??)
2. Brain Tumor (I don't want to jinx myself by taking it out of the running).


Anonymous said...

Well, at least you've solved the problem. And I just checked it out...Lipton's Decaffeinated tea is Naturally Decafeinated. I guess that means they don't do anything cruel and unusual to get the caffeine out of the tea. But, you have to actually buy the decaffeinated stuff. So not crazy, at least not 100% crazy.

Violet said...

I hate it when that happens. :D So glad you discovered the culprit!

Now I want iced tea.

Jen on the Edge said...

I'm laughing because I adore you and not because I'm mocking you. :-)

Rose said...

TOO funny! glad you figured it out before your lack of sleep hurt someone :) Oh yeah, and I'm laughing "with" you and not "at" you!!

Susan said...

Oh dear! Many of the nights I am wide awake I KNOW are because I drank way too many iced teas. But to think you were drinking decaf - oh, I am so sorry!

Dawn in Austin said...

You do tell a funny story! Sorry that you were awake for so long before you figured it out.

For anything that ails me, I always blame perimenopause, brain tumor and my husband. It's just the way it is.

Cha Cha said...

Ha ha ha! I hate it when companies change their slogans and products like that. Shame on them.

Cindy said...

I happen to have also been drinking a ton of this same tea this summer. Hmmm. Connection? Possibly. Thanks, Dr.!

katiegirl said...

This is perfect timing!! I bought my husband an ice tea maker for his birthday, and I swear he drinks a half gallon a day!! He mentioned the other day he had insomnia. *lightbulb* I'll have to wean him off the tea spout!

d said...

I thought the same thing . . . only went the other way and could not understand why the tea was not 'kicking in?'