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Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Sleep In

What is it we love about weekends?

Is it the luxury of time to do whatever we want? The absence of demands? Being with family and friends?

Or is it simply the fact that we get to sleep in?

It's a well-known secret ('cause I brag about it) that, in my current position, I only work about 34 weeks a year (and even in those weeks, I usually have one day off). I can't tell you how wonderful it is to wake up at 7 a.m. on those many free mornings (I have a fierce internal alarm clock) and then go, "Ahhh, I don't have to get up!" and then drift pleasantly back to sleep...

The men in my family are bears; nine to ten hours a night isn't unusual for us. But with class preparations, my writing projects, and so on, I often get only six or seven the night before a class day (though I do often sneak in an afternoon nap).

So on "days off" I like to catch up.

I know others who are "Type A," unable to stay down for any great length of time.

Thank Morpheus (the sleep god, not the Matrix character), I can sleep anywhere, anytime. Planes, trains, taxis, empty classrooms, park benches--anywhere.

But the best is when I'm snug in my bed and, after a good night's sleep, I get a chance to steal that extra little bit.

So lie in the lap of luxury. Sleep in sometime soon.

You'll be happier.


  1. That is just what I did this morning for an hour and a half. It gave me a solid thirteen hours of dreams, half dreams, fantasies, and the peace of nothingness.

  2. Sounds great, Robert. I just spent 23 hours in transit from China, and am about to hit some serious hay. BTW I can't access your profile. Do you have a blog?