July 26th, 2006

Summer Hat

Sleep Issues

Like everyone else I know, I spent a lot of my time at MIT in a state of sleep deprivation. This had more to do with the fact that I was having a social life for the first time ever and my ability to procrastinate than anything else, but obviously the work load was a factor. Once I finally handed in my thesis my senior year I pledged to myself that I would get enough sleep from now on.* Mostly I have.

The past week or so, I have had some sleep issues. It goes thusly: I get to bed at a reasonable hour, sleep for 5-6 hours, then wake up in the wee hours of the morning, unable to get back to sleep. Then the next day I am in danger of nodding off at work, and after dinner I find myself struggling to stay awake. I have no idea what is up with this. Normally its natural and easy for the body to shift its schedule slightly later, but its as if mine is suddenly shifting itself earlier for no good reason. I don't want to be up at 5 am, and as far as I can tell there's nothing keeping me from going back to sleep. Its really weird, not to mention annoying.

*Yes, I realize that if I actually succeed in getting pregnant and having a baby my sleep will be screwed for at least six months, probably more, but I'm willing to make that trade.