Tuesday, April 21, 2009

The Dreaded Nyquil Hangover

As I mentioned last week, I’ve been suffering from what has proven to be an annoying head cold.

And as I stated in the aforementioned blog, I attempted to battle this nuisance via the use of what I would later learn were generic store brand versions of Benadryl and Sudafed. Although as both The Peter Norman and my work husband, Mr. Ryan Gray will attest to…all that did was make me all-kinds of loopy Friday morning.

As such, I’ve since decided my next method of attack would be the old standby, my go-to, the end-all, be-all of cold destruction…Nyquil.

It worked, pretty well anyway, I got a great night’s sleep and I feel far less stuffed up this morning. Huzzah!

Unfortunately, I am now suffering from the dreaded Nyquil Hangover!!

For those who have not experienced the Nyquil Hangover, consider yourselves lucky. Nyquil is a deceptive little elixir that—much like Tequila—can often come back to haunt you after a night of good times and sweet, liquid-induced slumber.

When my alarm went off this morning, I sluggishly flailed around trying to find it, much to Grace’s chagrin. I finally managed to turn it off, which was not my intention as I was definitely aiming for the snooze button. So I spent nearly a few moments trying to reprogram my alarm for fifteen minutes into the future whilst dozing in and out the entire time.

When it finally went off again, I rolled myself out of bed and lumbered into the bathroom to shower, under the misguided notion that a shower would perk me right up. The thing is, with a Nyquil Hangover, there is no counter-acting it with mere water. No, no…my attempts were feeble at best.

I tried a really hot shower and nearly fell over I was so tired. So I tried a super cold shower and, in addition to screaming like a small child, I still felt my eyelids getting heavy and I leaned on the towel hook for support.

After nearly passing out face-down in a bowl of Raisin Bran Crunch, I pulled myself together enough to slap a sammitch together. I then made the slow, methodical walk to work. The whole time staring longingly at all of the places I felt my body could comfortably curl up to continue my coma.

Now I’m at work, doing my best to be productive, but struggling mightily. My legs feel like Jell-O. My brain and eyes want to shut down. My body is achy from the gym yesterday. I can’t focus on anything…but I did sleep great last night.

But I guess that’s the trade-off…one great night’s sleep for one very messed up day.

Here’s to hoping no one asks me to operate heavy machinery or perform open heart surgery today.

11 comments:

MeEris said...

You've described exactly how I feel every single time I given in and taken NyQuil. The choice is to be up all night sneezing and be tired the next day or get a great night of sleep due to NyQuil and be tired the next day. 9 times out of 10 I choose the sleep. Unless I sleep for 12 hours (unlikely on a work night) I have to go through the day with my eyes barely able to focus and my limbs too heavy for my body to support. I decided to give Less Drowsy NyQuil a try and while I did have a slight hangover it was nothing like what I experienced with the regular kind

Anonymous said...

I am right there with you guys. Slept til 11 and now its like 2 o clock and all I can do is lay down with my blackberry. This sucks

Anonymous said...

Im having one now,like i lay down in my bed and like 20 min later wake up on my couch then back in bed and i went to go thr bathroom and stood there and didnt know what to do and i justrandomly walk aroind for no reason

Anonymous said...

I haven't taken nyquil in many years. I took it last night, and them I remembered why I hadn't taken it in many years. I was a zombie all day today--never again!!!

Anthony Echevarria said...

By far the worst hangover you can have is the nyquil hangover

Lisa Kelsch said...

Yes, exactly. I took the store brand capsules last night....and man I'm feeling it today. I'm in a fog...tired and just can't seem to focus. Not even coffee will help you...and you can sleep off the capsules or every drop you took of the liquid the night before, but you will still end up with the hang over the next day.

Lisa Kelsch said...

To the one who said you only lay down with your phone..yep...I'm laying down on my bed currently trying to get through my courses. The fog and the heavyness in the limbs is the worst.

Maria G said...

OMG me too! I was falling asleep this morning as I was getting my hair done and the stylist kept joking that I must've been partying hard last night! It's been like zombie apocalypse all day, and I can't function. I never, ever nap, but lay my head down and woke up in a puddle of drool 20 minutes later. It was lovely to have a decent night's sleep after all this coughing, but I don't think it's worth it unless you can take the next day off to recover!

Unknown said...

Well, I feel a lot better about myself thanks to your responses. I took Nyquil at midnight last night after 2 glasses of wine ( I know it's bad for me but I wanted to pass out as I was miserable ) I fell asleep within a half hour and woke around 1030 AM. I felt much better, but as I tried to watch the morning news, I fell back to sleep sitting up. An hour later, my brother was talking to me and I started snoring mid-conversation. I tried all day to sit up and my head kept falling into my pillow. It was 5 or 6 before I felt normal again. The funny thing is I have a high tolerance for narcotics or alcohol (just my metabolism, I'm not an abuser) but there is NOTHING that makes me this foggy for almost 24 hours!!

Unknown said...

Well, I feel a lot better about myself thanks to your responses. I took Nyquil at midnight last night after 2 glasses of wine ( I know it's bad for me but I wanted to pass out as I was miserable ) I fell asleep within a half hour and woke around 1030 AM. I felt much better, but as I tried to watch the morning news, I fell back to sleep sitting up. An hour later, my brother was talking to me and I started snoring mid-conversation. I tried all day to sit up and my head kept falling into my pillow. It was 5 or 6 before I felt normal again. The funny thing is I have a high tolerance for narcotics or alcohol (just my metabolism, I'm not an abuser) but there is NOTHING that makes me this foggy for almost 24 hours!!

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