Saved by the Buzz
I have a confession to make -- I may have a small addiction to soda. I've been drinking the oh-so-bad for you beverage pretty routinely for at least 10 years now. And yes, I am aware of how bad this is. Yes, I have tried to go "cold turkey" and cut back... and sometimes it works for a while. But soon enough, I'm back to my old soda consuming habits.
Not only do I just like soda for the taste, but it is my sole caffeine jolt. I'm not a big fan of coffee, so soda is what I drink to perk me up. Sometimes when I'm at work looking at my computer screen, thinking about how tired I am, I swear my brain screams for a Pepsi. (While writing this paragraph, I made a trip to the vending machine for one.)
I can get through the day without caffeine, but isn't it so much better with it? I'm sure those of you who work the night shift especially will agree with me. Actually, a recent study has shown drinking caffeine during the night shift can help reduce errors.
Night shift workers (and you dayshifters, too): what is your caffeine consumption like on the job? Do you think it helps you cut down on errors?