The Science of Sleep

The Science of Sleep

My love/hate relationship with sleep.

July 22, 2014

Midnight is steadily approaching and I should probably get to sleep considering I have to get up early for work... right after I catch up on this week’s episode of [insert any show with the exception of most CBS sitcoms]. Heading up to bed marks the end of my day and I’m never ready to make the commitment. I always feel like I can cram in a bit more before I throw in the towel.

Once I’m in bed, I actually enjoy the act of falling asleep. I love getting lost in random thought after thought and then, without knowing it, drifting off into sleep. Sometimes I even like to catch myself right as I’m nodding off. I quickly try to backtrack, thought by thought, to figure out how the hell I ended of thinking of that pair of hand-me-down Reebok pumps I had in elementary school.

“I never get enough sleep. I stay up late at night, cause I'm Night Guy. Night Guy wants to stay up late. 'What about getting up after five hours sleep?', oh that's Morning Guy's problem.”
Jerry Seinfeld

And then there’s waking up. Each and every weekday morning, I take great pleasure in hitting the snooze button on my iPhone every ten minutes from 6:30 AM to 7:30 AM. I get six moments of pure joy knowing that I can sleep a little longer… until that final alarm sounds, and then I forget how happy I was ten minutes earlier, take a big sigh, and unlock my phone so I can check Facebook. Because who can get out of bed without first catching up what happened those past 7 hours or so when they were completely unconscious.

I can’t put my finger on why the thought of starting a seven hour binge of relaxation sounds unappealing. The same way I can’t figure out why I wouldn’t want to jump out of bed in the morning to enjoy a nice cup of coffee. I think it’s just a matter of accepting change, especially when it’s something that has been occurring every morning and night for the past 30 years.

Written by Dan Bell