NyQuil as a Gateway Drug
I was a kid in the 80s. I was a kid with a lot of energy in the 80s. I grew up with two sisters and I was the most active of them all. I rode my bike off of bridges. I broke a lot of bones and caused a lot of trouble. I was full of energy all day-every day.
As it turns out my parents did not know it all. I realize this more every day. My dad loved NyQuil. My parents loved sleep. My parents needed me to sleep and I was probably minorly sick so they fed me NyQuil one night. They still talk about the reaction I had. They, of course, fed it to my sister too and she was asleep within minutes. I had the opposite reaction. I loved it. It made me bounce off of the walls for hours. It has been 30 years and they still talk about the night they learned their lesson about giving me NyQuil. I wonder if my reaction this early in life to NyQuil showed a glimpse of my future addictive tendencies. Maybe it was an early sign that I would love alcohol more than my sisters. Maybe not. Ask a scientist, this is my f-ing blog.
So, here I am 30 years later. I am frequently flip flopping my schedule to travel through time zones. My days at work could start at 2 am or at 6 pm, depending on which way the wind is blowing. There is no consistency. So, as I've written about before, lack of sleep is part of the reason I fell into addiction. I absolutely could not fall asleep without wine. But, before wine...it was NyQuil. NyQuil was my gateway drug.