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.: 9.03.2008 

A Name For It

I think this might just be a clue.

I've always thought of myself as either an extreme night owl with random bouts of insomnia or as simply living on the wrong planet with a day cycle too short to accommodate both my love of a good long sleep and all the energy I have when I wake up from one. But the fact is that even if I say up until 2 or 3am and get only four hours of sleep one night, the next night I am getting a second wind around 9pm. These "second winds" are when I'm most focused, most productive, and most creative. In college I could pull endless nights of them (with only the occasional truly bad decision-making side-effect; yes, my first marriage). Now, not so much. Two or three "normal" nights for me and the next night I collapse for about 12 hours. That's aging, that's fine. Expected, even. But the fact remains that I am utterly useless at work before 10am (and am lucky to roll my ass in by 9am every morning when I should be there at 8am -- thank you, Universe, for a flexible workplace) and every night when I should be thinking about winding down and going to bed I find myself thinking, I could make those seitan sausages for Hubby, or I could throw in a load of laundry, or Just another 20 rows before bed, that'll get me to the cuff, or I should really balance the checkbook. Ok, not that last one, because balancing the checkbook is something I do weekdays during lunch. (Yes, EVERY DAY. Because it's the smart thing to do.)

Add this to my previous comments about my dream cycle always occurring when I should be waking up, and I wonder what you get.

The next logical step (other than mentioning this to my doctor) would be to find a job that allows me to work on an unusual schedule... but I'm loathe to give up my best hours to someone else's work. Catch-22.

[Edited to add: I wrote this after only reading the introductory paragraphs of that Wikipedia article. I just finished reading the whole thing and I can't tell you how many times I thought, "This is me!"]


thus proclaimeth the Zabet  9:50 AM   1 comment(s)


I feel like I have some symptoms of this too. I have done fairly well, however, rescheduling my clock with Benadryl and melatonin. If it were up to me, my bedtime would never be earlier than 1 am. I'm sleeping at least 11 hours on weekends.

By OpenID colleenanne, at 6:53 PM  

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