So, Falling Asleep in the Dentist’s Chair is Normal Right?
August 30, 2012
After attempting to alter my life and become diurnal rather than nocturnal, I’ve learned a few things.
- Diurnal people are annoying when they brag about how much they get done before YOU get out of bed.
- I act like an 8-year-old when it comes to bedtime.
- Sleep deprivation has a negative impact on work performance.
- This experiment is more challenging than I thought.
This was a rough summer for a number of reasons, and I didn’t get to fully realize my goal of being a diurnal person when the chains of work broke. I HAVE to get up at 5:30 and be at work by 7, so this requires me to wake every morning whether I like it or not. I was curious to see if I could wake up at 7 or 8, like many diurnals do, without the crutch of an alarm clock. I wanted to see if I could get up, refreshed, revived, and ready to take on the day like in a breakfast food commercial. I didn’t get to experiment.
I was up at all times this summer hanging at a rest home, planning a funeral, planning an anniversary party, attending Comic-Con, flying to New York City and Philadelphia. I set my alarm for almost every morning. What a drag. Not only did I neglect the experiment this summer, but I also didn’t really enjoy my time off. It was functional, as in, “I’m glad I had this time off so I could take care of all of this stuff.” But sleep still taunts me night after night. I still fantasize about going to sleep immediately after returning each night from work. I still drag my corpulent body out of bed in the morning and depend on the shower to bring me to life.
I just read that nocturnal people are actually more evolved than diurnal people since the world is a now a global community working 24 hours a day. The article also said that nocturnal people are typically more intelligent…but also die younger, tend to not procreate, and have bad eating habits. Yep, more evolved. That’s me. The experiment/torture continues.