Thursday, January 06, 2005
Actually, that's not quite right. I could have slept three nights ago but I got wrapped up in the project of tweaking the template of this blog and completely overhauling the three blogs that I use as course web pages for the classes that I teach. Since I hadn't done any significant mucking around in HTML in about eight months the project involved reacquiring my woefully small expertise. Which is to say that it took a long time. On the upside, this blog has a much better looking blockquote than it used to.
But I digress.
What happened was I stayed up all night working and turned my sleeping schedule inside out. Since then I've been sleeping from midmorning until about noon. That's not going to fly once classes start up again so I'm going to have to bite the bullet and pull an all dayer to set things aright.
This is actually the fourth or fifth time that something like this has happened to me in the last year or so and I'm wondering whether this is a common graduate student experience. I do know any number of grads who habitually work late into the night and sleep well into the day. Those folks, though, strongly prefer to write at the end of the day while I strongly prefer to do my writing in the morning.
My suspicion is that I inadvertantly trained my body to quickly adapt to new sleeping schedules during those years when I worked crappy night jobs in order to support my philosophy habit. The thing about working nights is that it's impossible to function if you sleep all day every day. So you end up deliberately altering your sleeping schedule on a weekly basis just so you can have a life that includes things like going to the library, seeing your friends, and standing in line at the DMV.
There was an extended period when my work schedule was 11pm-6am Saturday - Thursday. Honest to god, this was what my week looked like:
Sunday -- off work 6am, play basketball at 10am, watch football if awake, try to sleep as much as possible, work at 11pm.
Monday -- off work 6am, go downtown to library to work on philosophy all day, work at 11pm.
Tuesday -- off work 6am, sleep all day, work at 11pm.
Wednesday -- off work 6am, go downtown to library, work at 11pm
Thursday -- off work 6am, sleep all day, work at 11pm
Friday -- off work 6am, study all day, go out with friends at night
Saturday -- sleep in until mid to late afternoon, putter around the house, go to work at 11pm.
I should also mention that it was my habit on Tuesday and Thursday mornings to drink beer while sitting on the curb right next to the expressway onramp. I would be disheveled from working all night and people would purse their lips and shake their heads as they drove by. It was hilarious.