Sunday, January 04, 2009

I Ask My Readers for Comments about Their Sleep Patterns

I seldom troll for comments, but I am genuinely curious about this. E. has been gone for four weeks, and since I am between semesters with no duties that can't be as readily done at midnight as at noon, I have fallen into what may be my natural rhythm of sleep and activity.

At first, I thought that my altered rhythm was determined by the absence of my wife and the death of our cat. Yes, I think staying up till 4 a.m. was a product of these jolts. But now I think I've rolled with those punches, and I think my current schedule is my natural cycle.

I turn out the lights at 2 a.m. and get up at 10 a.m. That seems to be my natural physiological inclination. So now I ask: What's yours?

The question is: When you are somehow liberated from the demands of everyday life (by which I mean having to go to work) and NOT on vacation in a far place -- which has its own urgencies -- what pattern of sleeping and waking do you fall into? Maybe the subsidiary question is do you EVER have a space in your life when your fundamental pattern emerges?

And the second subsidiary question is what if you are an owl living with a lark...? This question seems to have proliferated.

1 comment:

B. Lundigan said...

Bed in Summer

In winter I get up at night
And dress by yellow candle-light.
In summer quite the other way,
I have to go to bed by day.

I have to go to bed and see
The birds still hopping on the tree,
Or hear the grown-up people's feet
Still going past me in the street.

And does it not seem hard to you,
When all the sky is clear and blue,
And I should like so much to play,
To have to go to bed by day?

-- R. L. Stevenson