Monday, December 29, 2008

Sleep



Sleep.

I have been getting a LOT of sleep this Christmas Break. Its probably not good for me, but on average I have been getting 10-11 hours of sleep a night. It is going to be really hard to start waking up at 5:30/6:00 again...

I did not know that is was possible to get too much sleep. But it is. I know first hand.

The night before last I could not get to sleep. I tossed and turned. I put more blankets on by bed. I took all the blankets off my bed. I tried all kinds of tricks I had heard like not letting your tongue touch the roof of your mouth, and counting (I just counted numbers, though. Not sheep). I got all the way to 150 something when I decided it was not working. I tried orange juice, egg nog (its not that bad at 2 in the morning...), and even reading nonfiction!

Still no sleep. I decided it was useless trying to sleep when my body was not tired, so I pulled out my bible and read for a while. I finally fell asleep somewhere around four. To my amazement I woke up around nine. And I was not tired at all that day.

So, now I'm going to be more careful how much sleep I get. I know I wont be able to sleep in at all in about a year, so I plan on taking advantage of it while I can, but not 11 hours a night for five straight days...

What experiences have you had with sleep, or lack thereof?

2 comments:

cuileann said...

:) High five! (I've been getting eleven or twelve-hour nights this Christmas break.) I'm usually rather prone to be sleep-deprived - comes of being a night owl.

That is a very interesting notion about the tongue...

Marie DeVries said...

Breaks from school are the perfect time to catch up on lost sleep. :) I never knew I could sleep so much! I was never really able to sleep past 8 oclock... for some reason that changed this break!

The tongue trick was taught to me by my dad... I don't know if there is something scientific about it, or if it is just mental...