SLEEP AND THE LACK THEREOF
- August 24, 2015
- Denise Lee
It has been two nights in a row where I have had merely a few hours of sleep before jolting awake at 6 in the morning. While most people would attribute this to jet lag, I for one blame it on my inability to sleep past sunrise. Don’t get me wrong, I love to sleep. Like, I LOVE to sleep. But my body has seemed to just stop “sleeping in” – and it is driving me crazy!
You see, it was and still is summer in the UK (though the weather sometimes chooses to be a pain in the ass and pretend that it’s already autumn, typical). So, the sun rises relatively early. After graduation, I have become an unwilling participant of the most annoying phenomenon of being a morning person. Because back in Sheffield, the merciless rays of the rising sun shines straight in through my window and onto my face, waking me up and refusing to let me enjoy the beautiful blessing of deep slumber. It has been more than a month since I last slept in (oh, the horror).
I spent 10 out of the 12 hours of my night flight from London asleep. Which should be fantastic, only that airplane seats are not ideal beds, not even when you have a row to yourself, and turbulence is a proper nuisance. So I wake up every 20 minutes in the span of those 10 hours, to the wheezing sound of someone attempting to blow their nose. When I finally arrived in KL last Friday on a balmy evening and started sweating from the humidity that is Malaysian air, I was just plain exhausted and needed an ice cold shower. I couldn’t fall asleep until 4 in the morning that night and woke up after only 4 inglorious hours of sleep.
Which brings us to today.
Waking up early has its perks, I must admit (actually, there are no perks apart from breakfast but I am trying to make myself feel better, hah). Still, nothing beats waking up past 10, still feeling sleep-deprived even after getting in 12 hours and then forcing yourself up lest you become the laziest person in the world, although at this point, you might as well already be.
Happy Monday all!
I’ll probably need a two hour nap later in the afternoon, just saying.