AKA Abraham Bacoln

Probably the latter
February 6, 2007, 2:23 am
Filed under: tidbit

Is it really insomnia if it’s not so much that you can’t fall asleep, but instead that you never want to go to sleep? For the past two weeks or so I’ve been staying up far too late – sometimes on school work, sometimes on photographs, sometimes on nothing at all.

I feel like crap the next day, and I know the night before that I will feel like crap the next day – and still I do it. I just don’t want to go to bed. I don’t feel tired. I don’t want to sleep.

Is it insomnia? Or just stupidity?

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I think it’s stubbornness with a hint of perfectionism. I stay up way too late sometimes working on things KNOWING that I should be going to bed because I’ll feel like crap in the morning, but I can’t stop myself because I’m so obsessively fixed on whatever thing I’m working on at the moment. So much so that I feel like I must finish it and finish it perfectly.

Comment by Steven

I’ve been that way most of my life. When I was little, I never wanted to go to sleep because I was afraid I would *miss something.*

In fact, until I started working full-time (hated my job, became depressed, etc.) I held the belief that sleep is overrated, and that I would rest after I die.

I went through most of high school and college on an average of 4 hours a night and usually passed out in the clothes I wore that day with the lights on (shame on me for not conserving).

Had I gotten “enough” sleep, though, I never would have been able to do everything that I did, so I don’t regret it.

Now, I’m a fan of sleep. It feels like goodness, rather than a complete drain of my time. I even like taking naps (not just 3 hour naps at night to get me through the next day).

I think there are just times in your life when you feel you have better things to do than getting in the recommended or necessary hours of sleep. Part of it is likely the crazy student schedule (I learned this when I went back to grad school).

Comment by Rebecca

gemini wonder twin powers activate….i rarely sleep….there are thoughts (too many/not enough?) bouncing around in the ol’ noggin. you’ll sleep when your body wishes.

Comment by liz

Sleep has not been quite as satisfying the past few weeks for me. But since I’ve been back to work, things are normal again. After a day of sheetrock, I don’t really have a choice but to sleep, and sleep deeply. It’s a wonderful place to be. I’m suprised that the schedule you keep, doesn’t have you flat out exhausted at the end of the day.
I’m going to bed now.

Comment by DoubleT

I like coffee.

Comment by henry

The need for sleep is fluid. Like sleeping for 10-12 hours a night for a while and then switching to 5 or 6, but I don’t think it’s stupidity or insomnia for me. I think it’s depression vs. anxiety. Go neurotics! Woo!
P.S. I’m not saying you’re neurotic.

Comment by Stacie

Welcome to my world.

Comment by Trey

I save up my sleep for the weekends.

Comment by Jim

Stacie called you a neurotic… don’t let her tell you any different.

Comment by Zane

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