Tuesday, August 14, 2007

I could sleep for a thousand years...


This is unexpected.

I was lucky enough to work days for three months straight, and the sleep was wonderful. Deep, satisfying and refreshing. Now, just a couple weeks into working evenings, I find myself all twitchy and restless. Exhausted, yeah, but restless.

MizBubs brought the new Chuck Palahniuk novel, Rant, home from the library for me and I've started that. We'll see how that goes. Ironically, one of the themes of the novel is the division of people, by curfew, into "daytimers" and "nighttimers."

So, fellow bloggers. Are you "daytimers" or "nighttimers"?

19 comments:

jin said...

I'm an "alltimer".

I don't like to sleep period!
(Occasionally this creates problems! hee! :-)
I love nighttime, but I also love dawn & the light of day and dusk!

I don't like the day time for running errands...too many people about. I like running errands at night. Luckily we have many places open until midnight and it's a safe enough area that I can go by myself without worry.

I tend to toss and turn at night more than during the day (does that make sense?) of course if one is exhausted enough they can sleep pretty much anytime, right?

I do hope you aren't still awake at the time of this comment!

Dino aka Katy said...

i think i am more of a nighttimer. I do not do well on mornings and don't perk up till about 9pm

Chris said...

I'm more of a daytimer. I get up early automatically. It must have something to do with the farming blood that got passed down. I can stay up late, too, if need be.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

I hated working nights, especially third shift.

I used to be a day person, but ever since my pypass surgery, I'm a night person.

Dr. Monkey Von Monkerstein said...

Oh yeah, I love Palahniuk as well. I have not read the new one or even the one before that but I love his novels.

Splotchy said...

My body hates me for it, but I'm a nighttimer.

Grant Miller said...

I have young kids so I sleep whenever. Except I hate sleeping during the day.

If you can't sleep, I recommend Grant Miller Media.

Bubs said...

Mr. Miller, your fare is far too stimulating to work as a soporific, but thanks for the offer. I remember being on my kid's sleep schedules. I used to love working midnights, coming home and hanging out with my daughters, watching cartoons, and then falling asleep when they did--me on the couch, and the baby daughter stretched out on my chest.

Splotchy, is it because you like staying up late naturally, or it's just that you end up staying up to get things done that you couldn't while your kids are around?

Dr. MVM, it's interesting how we can switch patterns like that. I've done it a number of times. Yeah, Palahniuk can be mighty entertaining.

Chris, I've been like that at times. When I'm working normal hours for at least a couple of months, I get to where I wake up early without an alarm. But as I've gotten older, my ability to switch back and forth between day and night work gets harder to adapt to.

Katy, you are a night owl aren't you? You start to perk up around 9pm?!? My ideal work hours are afternoon/evenings.

Jin, do you suffer from the jimmy leg? I hope not. I know what you mean about running errands when there aren't a lot of people around. I like grocery shopping late at night, and I love being able to run errands during weekdays (especially at places like Home Depot) when there aren't a lot of people running around.

jin said...

LMAO!
OMG...I had to look up 'jimmy leg'.
I do hope you meant the second definition.
*gulp*

For the record, I do not have either.

Doc said...

Night time no question. I can't really function until after three pm and I'm up all night reading blogs and doing homework for Mrs. Wishy-Washy.

Doc

Bubs said...

Doc, there seem to be a lot of us.

Jin, I was thinking definition #2. I think that first one was bogus, some dude just made that up.

Splotchy said...

It's a little bit of both reasons for me.

NOTE: I'm answering the question you posed to me, not a question about 'jimmy leg'.

Tenacious S said...

I'm forced to be a daytimer, but often suffer from insomnia. Bad combo.

Bubs said...

Ten, that is. The curse of forcing night owls into daytime routines.

Splotchy, that's between you and your jimmy leg. I don't care either way, it's not like there's anything wrong with that.

Erik Donald France said...

Alltimer sounds good, but given my preference, I'm a night owl. The moon rocks, the sun is bright, and I also would like to sleep for a thousand years. Instead, I have to get up before dawn during the academic year and me no like it one little bit.

jin said...

So, can we get a jimmy leg contest going at the compound sometime soon? I'll be a judge & you don't even have to pay me!

BWA-haaahahahahaaaaa.....
;-)

P.S. I am not responsible for my comments at this time. I am in extra-super-duper-'alltimer' mode. 29 hours and counting and still wide awake! Hungry, too. :-O Altho I am a bit confused as to what day it actually is....

Writeprocrastinator said...

"Nighttimer" all the way. I love the graveyard shift, it is so much more conducive to writing and I am not a morning person at all. Plus the wonderful shadenfreude I experience watching morning commuters piling on top of each other to get on the street car or bus...priceless.

Johnny Yen said...

Bothtimer. I love working nights, but have no problems working days. I think I actually like sleeping at weird times of the day to adjust to my schedule.

RE: the Edmund O'Brien picture-- I think I should have picked him as my favorite character actor. A couple of nights ago, I was watching "White Heat," the classic Cagney movie, which I hadn't seen in years (it was a favorite when I was a kid). I'd forgotten that he was the cop pursuing Cagney's character. He was in "The Longest Day," "The Fantastic Voyage," "Seven Days In May" (as the Senator who is held by the General who is behind the military coup attempt). He was amazing.

Johnny Yen said...

In my worked-five-consecutive-shifts exhaustion last night, I missed the Velvet Underground reference in the title of the post. I was just talking about "Venus In Furs" with one of the young hipsters at work. It's amazing how well VU's work has held up over the years-- the fact that people in their early twenties are listening to them says a lot.