Ah! So here’s where I left my blog! I knew it was around here someplace.
This is the first time I’ve had a four-day gap on my blog in a long, long time. I realize this isn’t a big deal to most people, but not posting at this point feels really strange.
Part of the gap was caused by a week long stretch of strange sleep. My internal clock was convinced, with a zealous and unwavering certainty, that 9am was was the right and proper time for sleep. I was unable to to convince it otherwise during a miserable week-long struggle. I’d fight to stay awake during the day. Work hours were long stretches of bleary-eyed stumbling and staring. As soon as quitting time arrived, I’d run to my bed and pass out the moment I hit the pillow.
And then I’d wake up three hours later.
I’d find myself wide awake at 8pm, unable to sleep further. I’d shuffle around the house for the next twelve hours, feeling oddly tired but not sleepy. Once the sun rose, the hammer would fall and I’d be up against yet another day of fighting sleep, even harder than the preceeding one.
I tried exercise before sleep. No effect. I tried a sleeping pill before going to bed. Little effect. I tried the usual folk remedies involving food / showers / body temperature, regulating light intake, and the like. No measurable effect. By Thursday I was still getting four hours at a stretch, and by that point I needed ten or twelve just to catch up. My internal clock didn’t want me to sleep unless it was time for work. By Friday I found myself wishing that my internal clock was a physical object onto which I could visit my vigorous displeasure. Certainly if I owned a conventional clock that caused this much misery I would have smashed it to pieces by now.
My sleep is sort of fixed now. I go to bed at 4am and at 4pm, and on both occasions I sleep for four hours. This is stupid and inconvenient, but at least I’m getting enough sleep.
My boss was a really good sport about my low output last week, although I’m really pushing to make up for it now.
What a strange thing to have happen.
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