Thursday, August 20, 2015

Is It Weird To Sleep Midday?

Sleep is a death, O make me try, By sleeping, what it is to die: And as gently lay my head On my grave, as now my bed.-- Sir Thomas Browne

When I hear someones story I'm not the judgmental type. I let people do what they do and live their lives as long as I am allowed to live mine. That said, my short answer to the title question is, yes. I'm not doing any research on this topic I'm just dropping opinions like its hot.

I thought about this because in back to back days my daughter knocked out on the floor. Both of my kids knock out in the car. There is no specificity in the time or method of sleep for my 4 and 2 year old. They just kind of do it. I'm usually tired. I routinely sleep 4 hours a night and I burn a lot of energy. I could always sleep.

A nap right now would be awesomcredibatastic. Who doesn't just want to pass out when tired or eat immediately when hungry? I wish I could crap and pee when I need to just like a baby. Babies cry and get fed. The bottom line is to drop in the middle of the day and enter REM sleep is mind boggling to me. There are very few things that we can do in life as soon as the urge hits. Anyone that has run a marathon or any run for that matter knows about in the moment needs. Even in those moments we have to wait a little.

Now here is the background to this particular rant. I hate to sleep. I fight sleep like a toddler. I feel is I am sleeping that I am missing something. I could be working. I could be running. I could be playing with my kids. I could be staring into the sky with my wife. Sleep interrupts all of these things. Let's just say my niños go to bed at 9:00pm (don't judge me). I usually talk to my wife about her day and then wrap up whatever work I need to do for the night. I usually reach bed around midnight. I then rise again between 4am and 5am to do it all again. Imagine what I could get done between midnight and 4am. Jim Cramer wakes up at about 2:37 am and he wrote in his book, "Confessions of a Street Addict" how useless he felt sleep was. He also had a problem sleeping.

In the quiet of night I could get tons of work done. I could catch up on 4 different Sports Centers. I could binge watch film of running gait analyses. I could do a half-marathon at 4am be back by 6am and still wake my kids at 7am. If I could work and live non-stop, I think I would be a more complete human. I don't think sleep is that satisfying that people would miss it. Psychologically we think that sleep feels good. Think about that first seat after a long run. How amazing is that seat? Or think about that first meal after being so hungry. Everything tastes like grandma's cooking even if it came out of a freezer and was nuked and ready to go in 3.5 minutes. Relief feels good and the relief of sleep after exhausting is the satisfaction. Other than that, the benefits of sleep, for me, are actually hindrances.

So yes, I think sleeping midday is weird but I also would rather write, run, or do anything else than sleep. 

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