Well it is now 7.21 on Sunday morning and I have been awake approximately twenty six hours. I would love to say that this is a new experience for me, but I regularly go with no sleep for up to two to three days and then crash hard. I don’t think there is a medical reason behind my lack of sleep either, it’s just due to a number of different commitments years ago. I programmed myself to operate on next to no sleep so I could work long hours and still be conscious if my mom needed me during the night.
I don’t know about anyone else, but when I can’t sleep I go through several stages. For a start I will sit there watching television, hoping that something will bore me so much, I will gently drift off into dreamland. Sadly this never happens as there are some cracking shows on during the early hours, and I just can’t resist watching repeats of The Office, Family Guy and American Dad to name but a few. At some point though the quality television turns into casino shows, home shopping, fortune tellers and the dreaded god squad!
At this point I usually grab my phone, check Facebook for the umpeenth time and then head to YouTube. It is amazing the stuff you find amusing in the middle of the night, and I dread to think what my neighbours must imagine I am doing when they hear me giggling like a Chinese school girl whilst they are trying to sleep. When I become bored of singing cats and people falling off skateboards though I resort to the last chance saloon; The TuneIn Radio app.
I don’t know what it is about the twilight hours but it makes you lose all taste in music. I am sitting here cringing as I look at the stations I added to favourites over the past few hours – Capital, Free Radio, Heart and Smooth; The only one I am not ashamed of is Absolute 90′s. I don’t just pick a station and stick to it either, I find myself flicking between them in the hope of finding something decent, and the result is I don’t hear a single song from start to finish. At some point though something happens, I become self aware again and find myself singing along to Dirty Dancing whilst doing a little chair dance, and believe me, this is not a pretty sight!
This is when I usually hit the depressed stage of the night, I turn everything off and sit there in the darkness, determined I will get at least a couple of hours kip. The trouble is I can’t turn my mind off as easily as I can my gadgets, and during that hour of sensory deprivation, all kinds of crap goes through my head – Why am I single? Why am I not rich? Why don’t vegetables taste of bacon? and What will be my weapon of choice during the zombie apocalypse? As you can see, these are all of life’s important questions.
By this time it’s usually between 5am and 6am and I resign myself to the fact that sleep is just not going to happen. One by one the gadgets come back on, the curtains are opened and the coffee is made. I pop back onto Facebook to see what the other insomniacs have been up to and to make sure I have not missed anything important over the past couple of hours. On the plus side though, it has given me something to blog about and the time to do it before I start work for the day, I just dread to think how many typos The Geeky G4mer will find when she wakes up!