Friday, November 2, 2012

Sleep Deprived and Waiting for the End of DST

I ask the universe this question and I do not get a direct answer:
Is sleep optional? Can sleep please be optional?

I really need it to be an option, not a requirement. For I have, as they say, many irons in the skillet. Many chickens in the fire.  I have much to do, and I am not finding many open slots for things. Where can I find the time?  Most of what I have is non-negotiable and so this is why I look to my tiny cache of sleep hours and contemplate the way  I could make it work to do without as much of it.

Complicating matters is some kind of trait I have (possibly hereditary) that predisposes me to have an extremely low tolerance for activity of any kind. Therefore, if I am not actually sleeping, I’m thinking about sleeping and making promises of sleep to myself to fool myself into getting out of bed in the morning. I say, “you can go to bed really early tonight if you want.” And because I’m groggy from sleeping, I buy this line every time.

Tomorrow night is the Big Opportunity for those who suffer as I do from a negative balance in their sleep account.  This wondrous event comes but once a year: Daylight Saving Time ends Sunday morning at 2 am. All clocks (except those in Arizona) will be set back 1 hour, and an extra hour of sleep will magically be injected into my sleeping time.
Don't forget to turn your clocks back 1 hour
 In this hour I will attempt to atone for a year's worth of stolen sleep.  

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  1. I need a big clock like that guy.

    During the month of October, I had two all-nighters. It was the only way I could get some creative stuff done that I really wanted to do. Too many interruptions when other people are awake. What is the answer? I can't keep robbing my body like this! Just think of all the cells that are probably denaturing, because they couldn't properly do what cells do when you sleep. I think I might be shaving years off my life, but it's the only way I can have some time to myself!

    1. how many cells indeed. the temptation is high to take that extra hour and fill it with creative endeavors.