September 18, 2007

Why TF

is it that on the nights I NEED to get some sleep (aka Monday, Wednesday and Thursday nights) I just can't? And other nights I'm good?

Seriously. It's 2:30. I need to be out the door by 6:45 or I'll never get to class on time. Last night I was out at 12. Maybe because I slept in and then I napped during football. Which was not intentional. Although the sleeping in was planned.

So I'm doing exactly what they tell you NOT to do to sleep. Watching TV and using the computer. See, I need to distract myself. Otherwise I'll just toss and turn and listen to night noises and freak out.

I think I'm worried about work. I made a major change in a group project of my own volition and I suppose I'm apprehensive about the feedback..... Plus I have an important meeting after class for a symposium I got nominated to attend. And said group project, a grant, is due tomorrow. Not to mention I am teaching from 8 to 12 (lecture, then lab). Although the lab ought to be fun. It's the first time they get to play with microscopes and living organisms. Including spearing some termites to look at the symbionts living in their guts. Yummy.  And I signed up to run this show.

Oh, and if you have a minute, do pop over and give the lovely Helen some love. Poor girl is having pretty difficult false labor and feeling positively enormous (although she looks amazing!) and exhausted as she faces the end of her pregnancy and a possibly stressful week with family visiting.  She could use a good cheer-up.

Posted by caltechgirl at September 18, 2007 02:41 AM | TrackBack

I have heard that if you force yourself to do a job that you dread (like clean the bathroom) that you will teach yourself to get to sleep (and back to sleep) quickly. The computer and TV are rewards! So the experts say.

Posted by: Lukie at September 18, 2007 05:11 AM

I'm with ya, babe. When I need sleep the most is when it eludes me.

Posted by: wRitErsbLock at September 18, 2007 06:24 AM

Mmmmm.... termite guts! LOL!

I hope you get some rest soon... Sleep is one thing, real REST is something else...

Posted by: pam at September 18, 2007 06:49 AM

Yeah, insomnia, it's a royal pain. Says I as a chronic insomniac, and as a habitual middle-of-the-night email-checker.

Hope things let up for you soon.

Posted by: Paul Burgess at September 18, 2007 07:32 AM

I hate it when that happens and it always seems to be when you most need sleep. Hope things settle down soon.

Have fun playing in the lab!

Posted by: Teresa at September 18, 2007 07:42 AM

I have the same sleep issues.

I never was cut out to be a morning person.

Posted by: Mia at September 18, 2007 11:49 AM

I am going to prescribe a hug (sending it electronically) and a foot rub. Unplug and cuddle up. Doctor's (in my own mind) orders.

Posted by: Phoenix at September 19, 2007 07:54 AM

I've had about 3 bouts of insomnia my entire life. I could actually be mistaken for a narcoleptic if I didn't always get into a comfortable position before conking out, any time, anywhere. So I feel sorry for you, but I can't really feel your pain, for which I'm quite grateful.

And I'm always about giving Helen the love. I'm really looking forward to the arrival of the Lemonheads.

Posted by: physics geek at September 19, 2007 08:13 AM