The older I get, the more sensitive I am to sleep deprivation. It wasn’t very many years ago that “pulling all nighters” was a common occurrence at work. Now, if I did have to work all night, I’d likely have to take a day or two off to recoup. It’s quite frustrating.
Take this evening for instance. Last night, I didn’t get to sleep until about 12:30 AM. That doesn’t seem like a big deal to me, and in fact, I was able to get up at 6:30 AM and function.
For about 5 hours.
THEN, I was a zombie. Caffeine didn’t help, it just made me a jittery zombie. (And if you’re going to be a zombie, jittering isn’t really all that great) Only a nap, a friggen nap when I got home made my brain work again. And now it’s 9:00 PM, and I’m off to bed. Perhaps tomorrow I’ll take a pillow to work. I’ll call it my horizontal lunch hour. 🙂