How quickly my sleeping schedule reverts back to “lol 4 AM is dinner time, 6 AM is bed time, 9:30 AM is time to get up” when it’s allowed to.
I must confess, though, that I’m already missing those early morning walks. I’m not missing getting up early, but I’m missing being out there in the dark when there’s no traffic on the streets and everything is dead quiet. It was enjoyable in a weird way.
I mean, I have to get up a little early tomorrow because the calc final starts at 3:30 PM and I want to give myself a good amount of “wiggle time” so that I’m not getting there at the last possible minute, but I won’t be getting up at 3:30 AM and leaving at 4.
I can’t help it if I find good music, yo. Y’all are just going to have to deal with the music blog posts sometimes.
VOCES8 is my new favorite thing.
Assuming this is a legit version of the test, a score between 16-24 indicates “Severe Excessive Daytime Sleepiness.”
I’d be more concerned, except I know that’s coming strictly from the fact that I sleep like three hours a night.
Sometimes I miss sleeping on a half-inflated aero bed on the floor.
Hear me out.
So for a good portion of my adult life, I haven’t had a legit bed. I had a “bed” in the Wallace dorm (I put quotes around it because it was really just some springs with, like, a small sheet of foam over top) and in McConnell, but once I moved in with the guys, I slept on an aero bed. I slept on the same aero bed in Vancouver until I punctured it on a door strike plate (if having internet in that garbage bag of a basement apartment meant switching my bedroom and living room, then I was going to switch away). Then I…um…
(slept on the deflated bed for like five months because depression is fun)
Got a new one in my new Vancouver apartment and slept on that until Tucson, where I slept on a thick piece of foam. Then, back in Moscow, I slept on a couch. And back on an aero bed in Calgary before moving in with Nate and finally having an actual bed.
Every once and a while, especially when it’s hella cold out like it’s been lately, I really miss crawling into the comforting cocoon of a half-deflated aero bed, wrapping like seven blankets around me, and just relaxing. Daydreaming. Hitting REM sleep as soon as my eyes close.*
Don’t get me wrong, having an actual factual bed is nice. But aero beds, man…
*Though I can do this anywhere. Ask Nate/my mom/anyone who’s sat near me in a plane/bus/car.
I know I don’t have a sleep disorder, but I’d say I definitely have weird sleeping habits. These get worse when I have no sort of job to help regulate when I sleep and when I get up.
For example, if left on my own, my sleeping schedule tends to shift so that I go to bed between 5 AM and 6 AM and wake up around 10 AM.
I also think I’m pretty unusual when it comes to sleeping in general. I can go from awake to asleep in about three seconds, and it doesn’t matter if I’m lying down or sitting up. I’ll just go out. I feel like I go right into REM sleep, too, without any sort of buildup to it.
It would be interesting to go to a sleep lab or something and get my sleep patterns analyzed.
You know you’re bad at sleeping like a normal human being when, after the first two questions in a sleep survey, you get this:
So I’ve been looking at my sleep graphs from that Sleep Cycle Smart Alarm app that I’ve been using. In particular, I’ve been finding pictures of the graphs of other people and seeing if they look anything like mine.
They really don’t.
Here are graphs representative of many of the ones I saw online:
And here are several typical ones for me:
I don’t know if it’s just because I don’t sleep for very long or what, but I don’t do the whole “multiple sleep cycles” thing at night and just kind of have two or three ups and downs. Or maybe that’s why I don’t have to sleep as long as most people. I have super long REM parties rather than short ones, so I don’t need as long of a night’s sleep.
Haha, that September 19-20 night of mine is wild.
I’ve used the Sleep Cycle Smart Alarm Clock app for 50 nights now, so why not look at some data from it? The two things I track are the length of my sleeps and the quality ratings (which are, as far as I can tell, based partly off of how long a sleep is and how much time is spent in deep sleep according to the app).
As far as time goes, I’ve slept an average of 4 hours and 35 minutes over the past 50 nights, with the shortest night being 3 hours and 13 minutes and the longest night being 7 hours and 43 minutes.
For quality, my average over the past 50 nights has been 45.37%, with a minimum of 21% and a maximum of 79%.
Yeah, I don’t sleep very much.
Nate found this app called Sleep Cycle, which tracks the quality/rhythm of your sleep based on how much you move at night. I wanted to try it, so I found a version for my iPad (my iPod’s software is too out of date to run it) and gave it a try.
It hates me.
I haven’t gotten a single “sleep quality” rating over 50%, but I’m guessing that’s because I often sleep less than 5 (sometimes 4) hours a night. Also, some of the movements it picks up are probably from Nate’s side of the bed instead of mine.
But I already seem to have a pretty consistent sleep pattern as far as my movement goes.
I also don’t sleep much at all, but I already knew that.
Apparently, my body’s new way of coping with stress is to partially wake up in the middle of the night and write either really nonsensical poems or stupid little notes that are actually parts of my dreams.
Either that or I’m writing stuff during the day that I’m totally blocking out. But I’m pretty sure I’m doing it almost in a sleepwalking (sleepwriting?) fashion.
Claudia’s Top Ten Reasons Why She Shouldn’t Ever Take Dramamine:
- Dry-swallowing those starchy little pills sucks.
- The instant Placebo Effect from swallowing said starchy little pill is strong, but not strong enough to beat psycho turbulence caused by the Pacific Northwest’s mercurial climate.
- They make me loopy and then freaking KNOCK ME OUT.Seriously, I took one at like 2 PM yesterday and by the time it was 7 or so I was so freaking out of it that I couldskdfnantdf..
- [wakes up] Huh? What? Did I fall asleep? Sorry. I meant to say that Dramamine really jussdlat aldkfafsfao adgpjaeaf…[sleeps]
- [wakes up] Wait…what was I doing again?
In related news: I’m in Tucson!
Oh goodness, this is fantastic. Crank that volume.
And happy birthday to Aaron!