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Fever Dreams

When you are sick, the universal panaceas are rest and water. If you are very sick you won’t have much of an appetite, so you can’t expect to eat much, but you can drink to your heart’s content. Indeed, the more water the more better. In the past I’ve gone through litres and litres of water in a single day, and still my ailing body begged for more. Considering how much you can sweat with a high fever, it shouldn’t be that surprising.

The other staple, of course, is rest. Rest rest rest. If you can, do absolutely nothing. Live in bed. Sleep 12 hours a day until you’re better. Sleep never feels as good as when you’re recovering from an illness.

There’s a reason literally every stock image of illness is someone lying in bed, usually with a glass or bottle nearby.

Unless, that is, you happen to dream. Then sleep becomes rather a struggle, akin to fighting a demon. That’s what I went through last night. Continue reading

Good News, I’m Sick!

I’ve been having a terrible week, and I didn’t know why. Everything I touched turned to ash, and I had absolutely no energy. I didn’t know what was going on. It was just one big failure after another. What was wrong with me?

It appears to be excessive arrows pointing downwards.

I thought I was doing everything right. I was eating healthy, sleeping lots, spending time outside in the beautiful if humid weather. For the previous two weeks I was seeing gains in everything I did, but now it was crashing down. What was wrong? What had changed? How can I change this?

I was legitimately worried, but it turns out everything’s okay. I’m just sick! Continue reading

The Fun Effects of Not Sleeping

Yesterday I wrote a post, slightly tongue-in-cheek, about a wonderful night of insomnia. I tried to make it sound humorous, though I don’t know if I succeeded. I don’t know if insomnia makes for the best comedic material, and more to the point, getting less than ten hours of sleep over nearly three days slightly dampens my writing ability… in the sense I wasn’t even trying to write full sentences.

But it’s haaaarrrrdd.

In truth, since Daylight Savings Time started in all its glory, my sleeping pattern has been completely fried. Before that, I had been doing fairly well. I was consistently in bed by 11pm, usually asleep within half an hour, and then awake at 7am and fairly alert. Sure, I had a few nights of bad sleep, as we all do, but for the better part of a month I was sleeping sound.

And then Daylight Savings Time came and kicked me in the groin. Repeatedly. For a week. Continue reading

Experience Insomnia With Me!

Gee, it’s getting late. I’ve had a good day, if I do say so. I accomplished everything I needed to do, including all my spring cleaning while still having time to play. I have a relatively early day tomorrow, so let’s get to bed well before midnight. That makes perfect sense.

Yes, I need sleep after a day like this. I sure hope that a random stupid event like Daylight Savings Time hasn’t completely thrown my sleep schedule out of whack! Ha ha! Continue reading

Daylight Savings Time is the Devil

It’s that time of year again. Yes, it’s spring, which means many good things, but also one bad thing, perhaps the only bad thing about spring. I refer to, of course, the most patently absurd idea ever conceived, something we still do despite it making no sense in any way: Daylight Savings Time, or DST.

Truth.

I should probably explain DST here, but that is impossible, because an explanation implies making sense, something DST most definitely does not. Still, some readers may be from some blessed regions of the world that do not observe DST, and I must tell you, if so, you truly do not know how fortunate you are. DST is perhaps the stupidest thing we as a modern society willingly subject ourselves to. Continue reading

The Disadvantages of an Active Imagination

The other day I wrote about growing up with an active imagination. That was a lot of fun, both in terms of writing and in terms of finding eighteen different pictures of dragons to go along with it. Dragons make just about everything better.

OH YEAH! DRAGONS!

That said, having a powerful imagination can also be a bad thing. As always, moderation is the key to all things. Having no imagination is terrible; having 100% imagination at all times every day is also terrible, just for different reasons. You need to find the happy medium. I realized this last night, more or less, as I struggled to fall asleep for the six-thousandth time in my life. Continue reading

The Dangers of Late Night YouTube

Every since my computer decided to install stupid updates over a 24-hour period, my schedule has been thrown all out of whack. I had to stay up late that night to finish my writing, which made me groggy the next day, which I overcompensated by sleeping in, which made it harder to fall asleep that night, and this then compounded onto itself until we reached last night, 11:30pm.

No. The answer is always no. God.

I’m normally in bed by this time, or if I’m still awake I’m reading or meditating or at the very least getting ready to go to bed. Last night was not normal. I was too awake to go to bed. I knew if I tried to sleep, I’d just lie awake, tossing and turning for at least the next 45min, if not more. I needed to do something before going to bed, but what? Read? Watch some random television? Play a videogame?

And that’s when YouTube beckoned. Continue reading

Stupid Alarm Clock

I love and hate alarm clocks. Love, because without one I would likely never wake up, and hate, because they wake me up… but they also sometimes don’t wake me up. This is almost always my fault, but bad design comes in as well.

This is a fantastic metaphor of my sleep.

I should mention right here than I am a poor sleeper and I am not a morning person. These two things likely reinforce each other. I need all the help I can get to wake up, and struggling against an alarm clock is really the last thing I need. Unfortunately, that’s exactly what’s happened the last … eight or so years. Continue reading

I Sleep More Than You Do (?!)

If you are the average person, then there’s a good chance you are insane. Or at least drunk. That’s because if you don’t get enough sleep, your cognition and reflex speed slows down the same as if you had a blood-alcohol level of .05. If you pull an all-nighter, that number climbs to .10. Without sleep, you are a worse driver sober than you would be wide awake after chugging several beer.

All of this likely isn’t news. People function better when they get more sleep. It’s common sense, and anyone who had a terrible sleep can vouch for it. Or conversely, sleeping in on a weekend where you have nothing to do, especially after a very hectic week, is one of life’s greatest and yet simplest pleasures.

You know it’s a good sleep when you’re smiling during the photo shoot.

Here’s the thing, though: there’s a good chance I get more sleep than you do. As in, me, the guy with insomnia. As in, me, the guy who takes 45min to fall asleep every night. I get more sleep than you do, assuming you are average, and if so, what the hell is wrong with you? Continue reading

Earning Your Play

Do you know what’s fun? Doing fun things. Do you know what’s not fun? Not doing fun things. Sorry for stating the obvious, but it’s important for the point I want to make. A lot of life isn’t fun. I don’t know, maybe you find shopping for groceries fun, but it’s not the highlight of my day. Same with doing taxes or cleaning or working out; these things are important, surely, but they aren’t exactly fun.

This person appears inquisitive and healthy, but not having fun.

In general, life can be divided into categories, things that are fun and things that are important. I will admit right away there is a lot of subjectivity here. What I call fun, say chess, you might find completely boring. Similarly, what I find to be very important, learning to write better, you may find only moderately important, or not important at all. That’s okay, it’s natural, and it won’t detract from my main point.

Here’s the issue: very often, we put off doing what is important over what is fun (or easy or convenient). “I know working out is important, but I just want to sit and watch TV today. I’ll do it tomorrow.” And then that gets pushed to tomorrow and tomorrow and, opps, it never gets done. Continue reading