I suspect when I tell people I sleep all day they translate that as something like I sleep at night like normal people and then take naps during the day. Wrong. I go to sleep about 7:00 AM, dawn for those of you who might miss the whole “rosy fingered” thing. I then saw away until 5:00 or 6:00 that evening, broken only by occasional old man piss trips and whenever Saki can wake me up enough to feed him.
It’s a schedule made famous by rock and roll legends and vampires and it works fine for me. My system apparently is owl. No wonder I had such a hard time getting up for school or work; I was leaving my bed just when I should have been settling down into it. Of course there were drawbacks, there always are. Trying to get to appointments, doctor, hair, chats with friends, whatever, was problematic and I never got the sympathy I deserved when I would whine about setting my alarm for 2:00 in the afternoon.
And then three days ago, suddenly I couldn’t sleep. At all. Does everyone have trouble sleeping? Yes, yes we do, except cats. I would turn in and lie there expecting to doze off at any minute, but the minute would tick by and suddenly it was early afternoon and I was still awake. The second day I surrendered and wound up down at Peet’s Cafe knocking back a latte with some tasty muffins.
I know, I know, coffee when you can’t sleep is just exacerbating the problem, but my experience is if I can’t fall asleep in the first half hour, it’s not going to happen. So I embraced insomnia and turned to my usual answer to everything, coffee and a pastry at Peet’s. If it can’t help, it also can’t hurt.
I’ve finally fallen asleep about 3:00 or 4:00. Is this my new schedule? If anything it seems even more inconvenient than my old one. I’m hoping this passes and I can go back to watching crappy You Tube videos at hours when all the god fearing are snoring away. Still in the video queue are hundreds of hours of Russian lunkheads trying to unload a sports car off the back of a truck with a couple of 2 x 4s. Hilarious.
Guys in bed: