Thursday, January 17, 2008

Weekend Assignment #199: When Do You Sleep?

Given that sleep deprivation is an ongoing issue for me, I thought it might be interesting to find out about everyone else's sleeping patterns. To wit:

Weekend Assignment #199: What is your usual sleep schedule on weeknights? Are you an "early to bed, early to rise" sort of person, or do you stay awake far into the night (voluntarily or otherwise), and get up as late as your work schedule permits? Do you give priority to getting adequate sleep? If so, how is that working out for you?

Extra Credit: If you had no work or family scheduling obligations, would your sleeping pattern change substantially?

As for myself, it should be obvious to all that I'm a night person. This is when I do my writing, my blogging, my reading and most of my tv watching, mostly on DVD. I do know the downside of sleep deprivation all too well, and the health benefits of the opposite. Intellectually, I really, really do know all about it. But somehow it always seems that another paragraph or two in the blog essay, another scene of Doctor Who, another chapter of that book in the bathroom are all more compelling than walking into the bedroom. And when I do go to bed, it often takes me several attempts (got to get up for an allergy pill, a swig of Mylanta, a dose for the dog, another paragraph of my novel edit, or a last glance at my email) before I'm in bed to stay.

I'll reform eventually. At least, that's what I keep telling myself!

And yes, if I didn't have to work, I would sleep from 5 AM to 2 PM daily. Then I'd be well rested!

Your turn! Write about your sleep schedule in yoour journal or blog, and then come back here and leave the link in comments. I'll post a roundup of results a week from now. I'm curious to see whether any of us are doing this sleep thing "right!"



Becky said...

Otay. Now I'm off to nap with Max. Cross fingers that he sleeps for 2 hours. I neeeeeeeeeed it.

barrettmanor said...

Sleep? You jest. (And I didn't even call you Shirley!)

Carly said...

Hi Karen :)

I played, I played!

Always, Carly

Mike said...

Hi Karen,

Here is my assignment.

Anonymous said...

I am not going to play just comment. I would be a night owl if it wasn't for family and work. I used to be a night owl and felt great,got a lot done too. Now I get up early and go to bed early, boring but effective for me.

Unknown said...

hi everybody, you can find my response at:

MyMaracas said...

Hi everyone! I actually played this time. Hope you'll stop by.


Here's my post:

Arachne Jericho said...

You can probably tell part of the answer from this:

Sometimes, Late in the Night, It's Just Me and My Insomnia

Arachne Jericho said...

Ye gods, I'm still up.

I realized that WordPress doesn't let other people see Posts From The Future, so I timestamped it back to the present.

Now it should be visible to folks.

Sorry about that.

*tries to go back to sleep*

fdtate said...

Holy moley, is it morning already?

Here's mine.

Unfocused Me said...

When I was in high school, my motto was "No sleep 'til Brooklyn!" I lived in Brooklyn, though, so that was alright. It's not like I never slept.

Here's my assignment. Thanks again for the topic, Karen.

Unfocused Me said...

Two weeks in a row. Unbelievable. Here's the link:

Anonymous said...

I sleep between 11:00pm and 5:15 a.m during the school week. I don't ever stay asleep, though. I do stay in bed when I wake up because I don't want to wake up any further, and I generally fall back asleep. I think my snoring keeps me awake... that is, when I snore, I wake up. I used to think it was my husband snoring, but it's me! delightful discovery. I take naps on the weekends to make up for my lack of sleep during teh week. YOu on the other hand need more sleep. Day or night, you are not getting enough Zzzzz's! bea

Florinda said...

Interesting topic this week - it made me think about how I probably need more of it. You can sleep through my response here.

Thanks for a fun assignment, Karen!

Florinda said...

Interesting topic this week - it made me think about how I probably need more of it. You can sleep through my response here.

Thanks for a fun assignment, Karen!

Astaryth said...

Good Question... Here's my answer:

Anonymous said...

Karen - I decided that Monday night at 11pm was the perfect time to move my blog from GoDaddy to Wordpress, and until the DNS change propagates (whatever that means) the link for my assignment won't work. I haven't managed to migrate all of my posts, but this assignment is one of the first ones I moved. Here's an alternative link:

Kiva said...

Fun topic! Sorry I'm so late... haven't been sleeping well lately. You'll find my post on my blog.