Woe to those who add house to house and join field to field,
Until there is no more room,
So that you have to live alone in the midst of the land!
Sleep: Enigmatic, yet essential. How easily we accept the mystery of sleep, assuming the naturalness of periodically passing into a near-coma, yet awakening whole and normal on the other side. Too, how easy it is to shrug off the importance of the seven to nine hours of sleep adults regularly require. Sleep comes last, squeezed in among the important bits of a busy schedule — a schedule propped on caffiene and strength of will. But caffiene only blocks the sleepiness-inducing hormone adenosine; it doesn’t replace missed sleep. Nothing, not even a dozen Cokes, can substitute for a solid night’s sleep.
I say all this, of course, because sleep has been much on my mind of late. Starting this job means I routinely wake up (ready or not) at 6:00, yet I find going to bed at a time commensurate to that early morning nearly impossible. Each night I set a goal of in bed by 9:00, and each night 10:00 rolls around, then 10:30, then later… And the morning arrives all too quickly. I do not call on caffiene’s handy stimulating properties, but increasily I understand those who do. Long, taskless days in a 5’x5’ cubicle, kept company only by this machine with its bulky CRT monitor (honestly!) don’t exactly provide enough stimulation to keep the brain buzzing, too.
So here’s my question for the day: What time do you usually go to bed, if you have a regular schedule, and what time do you get up? Are you happy with your sleep schedule? Do you need coffee/caffiene to kick start your mornings?