Sleep Deprivation

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So apparently my recent sleep habits reached up and bit me on the bum today.

For the last several nights, I’ve been getting interrupted sleep, thanks to a backache (which needs my heating pad on the couch) or a headache (which needs Tylenol, water, and an upright position to keep my head from throbbing so badly I can’t get back to sleep) or, on one night, both at the same time. Combine the sleep that I’m losing being awake with those situations with the relatively early hour that I’m up and starting my day lately and I’ve been getting about five hours of sleep a night for the past week or so.

This morning, my body said no more.

I was up for a little bit overnight with my back, so once more I lost sleep. My alarm to take my vitals and meds at 8:30 went off, and I killed it and went back to sleep – at least, I think that’s what happened, I don’t remember the 8:30 alarm today. My alarm to feed the cats went off at 9:30, and upon noticing that my wife was already up I got out of bed and went into the couch, started my heating pad up again, tossed my new lap blanket over me and promptly fell asleep with my head leaned back against the wall. I woke up a few times over the next hour and a half, each time for only a few moments before drifting back off again. Finally I woke up, checked my phone to see what time it was, noticed it was 11:00, and got my day started at last.

It’s been a very low-key day. Over in Secret World Legends, my main character is stalled because of a bug, and I’m awaiting a response to my petition, so I can’t play her right now. Instead, I’ve been on another character that I’m teaming with my wife most all day. There have been breaks throughout the day – we went to the complex office to pick up a package for my wife, a cold-brew coffee decanter that we ordered through Kickstarter, and out to our usual go-to barbecue restaurant for potato salad. (One of my wife’s coworkers is a competitive pit boss in her spare time, so she smoked several pork tenderloins, vacuum sealed them, and brought them to the office to sell. Nine bucks for a pound and a half of really well smoked meat is a great deal, and that was our dinner tonight.) We’ve messed around on the Internet off and on, and really there hasn’t been that much for me to do today, so I’ve been taking it easy and enjoying myself.

Tomorrow we’re going to have to do laundry at some point, hopefully earlier rather than later as it’s habitually getting to be a hundred degrees outside these days, and we’d prefer not to melt going to the on-grounds laundry with all those dryers running in a poorly-ventilated room. But I think that other than that it’s going to be another slow day.

And given what we have to deal with next week, I’m okay with that.

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