Wednesday, 25 July 2012

Sleep Patterns

In my experience the two times in your life you cannot sleep are when you have to get up early and when you do not have to get up at all.

When you have to get up early you will inevitably lie awake into the wee hours, desperately aware that if you don't get some sleep soon then you won't get any sleep at all: disturbed by every creak of the wind from outside and constantly yelling silently inside your head to just RELAX AND SLEEP - PLEASE!!

When you don't have to get up at all you will, of course, sleep through the night soundlessly - and be wide awake at 5am with nowhere to go for hours but downstairs to sit fuming in front of the telly about how good a nice lie in would have been, if only your brain had allowed you to do so.

6 comments:

The Bug said...

Yep. But on the first one it LOOKS like I'm sleeping, but on the inside I'm all fidgety. So I don't get any sympathy from Mike.

Stephen Hayes said...

I find that what you're saying is absolutely true. I never sleep in when I can. And when I can sleep in my schedule won't allow it.

Jerry said...

I tried an experiment concerning this phenomena once. I figured if you insist to yourself that your sleep agenda has to work right for you, it never will. So, I insisted that I didn't give a damn whether I slept or not -- lowered my expectations.

It didn't work.

Argent said...

Had the whole brain fizzing too loudly for sleep thing last night, as it happens. Finally fell into my usual pattern of sleeping and waking, until I was called out for work at 5:30.

Ho hum.

Michael said...

It's so your own fault! Ha!

goatman said...

Sleep is overrated . . .