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Wednesday, 22 September 2010

I'm blaming it on my pillow

I'm wondering if it's true that some people can get by on 4 hours' sleep.  I almost always wake up after 4 hours, let my brain churn up all the things it wants examined, get up if I can't get back to sleep and unless I actually put my mind to "napping", I'm up for the day.

I'm not sure why, but napping has always been anathema for me.  It seems wrong to be sleeping when you could be reading or cooking or walking.  I know that a lot of people use napping as a way to recharge.  I just don't seem to need the recharging.

Is that because I've got a lot of seemingly unnecessary energy, or because I'm not active enough, or is it because I am blessed/cursed with what my Catholic parents called The Protestant Work Ethic?

I think I'm doomed---too awake to sleep, too guilty to enjoy being shiny, too conforming to just accept myself.

Still, I've got a couple of hours to crochet a hair shirt.


  1. I literally laughed out loud at the last line. Thanks for that!

  2. You can work off of 4 hours for a few days and then your body gives up
    - I've seen you sleep for hours and not even wake to me shouting "let's go to Shopper's Drug Mart!"

  3. Y'know, I was just saying this morning how much I would love to get ten hours sleep for three nights in a row. What an absolute treat that would be. As for napping, I must sometimes, but about all I can manage is to drift off for ten minutes -- on a more successful effort. I'm afeered this is all a function or age, Lorna.

    BTW, I think those shirts were knitted, not crocheted.

  4. Lol at the last line. I love your blog post. Very entertaining. Thanks for sharing!

  5. i have the same problem. u have to let yr. brain know who is boss. definitely don't get up & go on the internet & no chocolate! try to talk yrself down (ie: don't think/don't talk), read a little, you'll fall back to sleep. or u can call me & we can chat. :D