Tuesday, January 25, 2011

The Need for Sleep

by Chris McGinty (According To Whim .com)

I’m in a little bit of a predicament as blog writing goes. I seem to be at a loss for what to write at the moment. It’s not that I don’t have ideas. I have plenty of ideas. It’s that I worked a lot last week, and didn’t really sleep a lot. I’ve found my brain not functioning too well when I sit down to write the last few days. I know I have the ideas, but I can’t think of what they are, and when I do think what they are, I can’t remember where I was trying to go with the thoughts.

As I often do when I need to write, but have nothing, I’m just starting to type. You’ve been warned.

I have slept, but it hasn’t been enough and consistently. I just find it interesting that one largely overlooked aspect of time management is the simple act of getting enough sleep. When I’m well rested it seems easier for me to get on, and stay on, task.

My solution is to simply not try to write out a full thought, since it feels impossible right now. Instead, I’m going to start a number of different thoughts, take them as far as I can, and then come back to it later. So this will be an article about sleep, I’m pretty sure, by the time I’m done.

1-17-11, 12:16 am: I’ve been in a little bit of a clean up my mess mood lately. I’m not sure if this will be posted anytime too soon. I’m questionable about the overall quality this post will have. I need another reserve though, so it’s all good.

I’m not even too sure if I want to make this about sleep. I was suffering at the time that I wrote this from just not getting enough sleep before work, and sitting at my post miserable and not creative. I think I’ve fixed much of that issue, by sleeping. I’ve read that they believe that we don’t need sleep, but I’m not so sure about that. And I would love to get into it, but I really want to write it as a short story.

What I will say is that they believe that if they could simulate the release of the rest chemicals while we’re awake that we wouldn’t need the sleep. Then there is also a belief that you always have to make up for lost sleep, and that one I believe. I’ve had it happen to me where I’ve had to sleep longer than I reasonably should just feel rested again after not sleeping. But whatever. Go read about sleep if it interests you that much. Like I said. I doubt whether this will ever be posted, so I can just rattle on about whatever I want to rattle on about. Rattle. Rattle.

The part where I had ideas, but couldn’t think of any of them, I’ve kind of taken care of by listing. I know. It seems such a simple idea that would have left me in a better position when I was tired and couldn’t think. I was tired though, so I can’t take responsibility.

Ok, fine let’s talk about sleep. I like sleeping. I like dreams when I can remember them. One regret I have in life is that I didn’t keep better dream journals. But they would be just like everything that I have stored somewhere, neglected, unorganized, and waiting for me to get to it damn it.

I dreamed last night that I was in high school and they wanted to give me detention because I took video of me driving a rental car at over 100 mph in downtown Fort Worth. The problem is of course that that is all circumstantial, though my dream self didn’t think of it like that. What happened though was that I saw a part where the car ended up buried in the ground on the video. I said, “I don’t remember that ever happening,” and that made the school staff nervous, like it was added when they were building their case. I said, you have no way of knowing how fast I was going even if I claimed I was going over 100 mph, and they dropped the matter suddenly.
And that is how I’m going to end this post. With that pointless telling of my dream.

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