Sleep is a Mysterious and Complicated Mistress.

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I Should Sleep So Well.The funny thing about sleep (or not, as always you get to decide) is that while it is very important in keeping a person productive, it is also a colossal waste of time.

While most would agree about it being a waste of time (we sleep about 1/3 of our lives- Google it), it is as important as any human activity; including the consumption of food and water.

Just so you don’t think you’re wasting more of your life reading this blog, I would like to provide you with some extra knowledge. Over the course of our lives we drink about 16,000 gallons of water and by the age of 60 we lose about half of our taste buds.

These 2 fun facts tell us three things; one, I know a lot of worthless junk that is in no way helpful to society and in fact only clogs up my brain. Sadly, this doesn’t allow me to remember more important items such as the date of my wedding anniversary or what I said out loud 11 minutes ago (seriously, I can’t remember if I said something or I just heard a voice in my head, but I think I have mentioned this before… or not, I can’t remember).

Secondly, the water thing also explains why as I get older I have to use the restroom 212 times a day. Lastly, it’s no wonder I like broccoli more and more as time passes (sorry, people who make their money from selling broccoli… please don’t email).

Lots of people love sleeping, but wish they could get by with less or even better; no sleep at all.

I must admit that I am one of those people.

I have been wondering how much more productive I could be if I didn’t have to go to sleep. There are so many things that I could accomplish; like watching more TV (like Talk Soup… now that guy is funny), reading the classics (or more newspapers), and exercising less (okay, bad example).

Sleep is a huge time killer and an annoying interruption in the day. However, I love it.

I hate to admit it but, the highlight for me on most days is going to sleep.

I find nothing better than going through an average day, accomplishing a tenth of what I need to, and then wrapping it all up by going to sleep.

Sometimes, I think the one thing that is even better than a good night’s sleep is a 20 minute nap in the Mancave.

For those of you unfamiliar with the definition of Mancave, congratulations you have just stumbled upon another learning opportunity.

A Mancave is a basement (preferably, but family room or garage will do) that is cold, isolated, and has a big TV (no Oprah… ever) while also having a recliner or couch.

Bonus points for a refrigerator and bathroom nearby (that 16,000 gallons has to go somewhere). And most importantly, no girls allowed ever, unless they have an invitation (exceptions for people who are related to me or delivering pizza).

So there you have it, I have a somewhat perplexing love/hate relationship with sleep. I need it and would like to cut back, but I think I am hooked. That is why it is such a mysterious and complicated mistress.

While we are talking about sleep, I wish I could bottle the feeling that you get on workdays, where you wake up and it feels like you could stay in bed forever. Why is it that

I don’t get that same feeling on weekends or school holidays when I can lay there as long as I want?

I guess the moral to the story (or blog) is sleep is simply a necessary evil.

On the positive side, there is nothing better than falling asleep watching Mike Rowe.

Since I have admitted having this complicated mistress, should I be worried about my wife running away with Mr. Dreams?

She does love sleeping and now that I think about it, she sure does talk about him a lot…

By the way, I hope you didn’t Google the fact that we sleep 1/3 of our lives… do the math… 8 hours a day… 24 hours in day…. that is 33%… come on, you’re better than that. Obviously, this blog isn’t big in the math department.

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7 Responses to “Sleep is a Mysterious and Complicated Mistress.”


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    on Jul 28th, 2009
    @ 8:00 am

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  2. Steve
    on Nov 26th, 2009
    @ 10:40 am

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  3. sharon
    on Feb 11th, 2010
    @ 2:49 pm

    Sleep is a very very important part of enjoying life. Set-up your bedroom for only sleeping and keep it extra cool, and you will find that you get a lot more done the next day. We use our bedrooms for too many things and it causes us to let our brains keep on trucking instead of stopping. Mediation helps.
    Give your body a break. I love to sleep.


  4. Nick James
    on Sep 20th, 2010
    @ 3:06 am

    Steve- I’m VERY interested in narcolepsy. While perhaps insensitive, I wish I could have it. Perhaps I’d be able to satisfy my urge to grade everything and lesson plan like a mad man, while still doing research to become a better teacher.

    Sharon- This is a great idea in theory. I live in Manhattan in a junior one-bedroom with one other person, which is really a glorified studio. What do you suggest when there is no bedroom, your pre-war walk-up is blazing in the summer and the boiler is on overdrive in the winter, so much so that opening the windows cools it down to 82 degrees?


  5. David Wehmeyer
    on Dec 14th, 2010
    @ 5:33 pm

    I’m a HUGE fan of the sleeping process! I’ve discovered over my many years of being a principal that being asleep distracts from all of my job stress. Unless I’m having bad administrative dreams, there’s usually no personnel issues, long ARD meetings, discipline issues, etc.. I even once had a dream that 100% of the people I supervise actually liked a decision I made! Most of my sleeping occurs at home, but don’t forget that the nurse’s clinic does have some pretty comfy beds at your school!


  6. Angie Rumsey
    on Jan 26th, 2011
    @ 2:41 pm

    Mancaves are enjoyed by women too. And my T.V. NEVER has Oprah or her new network!


  7. Darrell
    on Jun 29th, 2011
    @ 12:51 pm

    I agree with you Michael about waking up and feeling like I can lay there forever on work days. I won’t say I hate sleep but boy do I love staying up late. I feel as if I am missing out on somehting if I go to sleep. Come the weekend, I can stay up forever and get up with the chickens the next day (teachable moment #451, for those of you who don’t know, in the country chickens were used as alarm clocks because the roosters crowed at the crack of dawn). I have always been that way. So I am with you, I don’t hate it but I am in no hurry to sleep.

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