February 11, 2021

The Importance of Sleep


It has been a long time since I have had insomnia, not that I ever really sleep that much. Since being at the ranch, I have, with one exception, woken up by 7:30am. The sun doesn't rise, really rise, through my window until that time, and once it does, there's some chemical release in my body that says parties over. Or maybe it just says "get up bitch". Whatever internal clock is ticking away, my alarm always rings, loudly, by 8AM.

I have always been a morning person, even after I started working nights. My first few jobs in New York radio, actually in radio in general, revolved around the midnight hour. When I took my first producing position I didn't get to bed until after 5AM and even then I would make myself get out of bed by 11AM. I didn't want to miss a day, even if I knew I couldn't miss a night.

I was talking to a friend today and she was saying how hard it was for her to sleep. It's called insomnia, but where does it come from?

Tired Nature's sweet restorer, balmy sleep!
He, like the world, his ready visit pays
Where fortune smiles; the wretched he forsakes
- Edward Young 1683 - 1765

"Insomnia - the problem probably stretches back to the beginning of time. These introductory words, penned by Edward Young, are from a collection of poems called Night Thoughts, the very title of which indicates that he too was a sufferer."

I don't need a lot of sleep. I think I function well on five to six hours a night. Most men I know need a lot more than that, and the women, well I don't know how much most women need because what I know of most of the men that I know, has to do with the fact that they were sleeping in the same bed as me. And when I was ready to get up, they weren't. Ever.

Is there something hormonally that lets ladies sleep less? Or are the women I know just more nervous or anxious? I don't have the answers to these questions, although perhaps I should conduct my own online survey. Whatever the results, I don't think I'd be convinced that the answers were accurate. That may be because I don't believe in the accuracy of surveys because it's so easy to lie.

Lie. down. in bed. until 9am. You may say I'm a dreamer...

Posted by jamye at February 11, 2021 08:35 PM