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December 4th, 2005
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Dad's Visit; Sleep

My dad came out to visit for Thanksgiving. He flew out on Thanksgiving day and left this past Tuesday. I felt like kind of a bad host since I let him set the agenda and cook most of the meals, although I'm sure he didn't mind. I did cook a stir-fry on Thanksgiving.

Stuff we did: went to 3 (!) grocery stores, the Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field, Borders, the Dallas World Aquarium (right across the street from me, but I had never been; very good—I'll have to take more visitors there), and the baseball park at Arlington (unfortunately, it was closed (no tours) on Sunday); saw Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (I thought it was good, but not great); watched As Good As It Gets at home; ate at the Spaghetti Warehouse. My dad additionally went to the Asian art museum and the Dallas Museum of Art while I was at work.

I wanted to try getting up at a sane time on the weekends, to be a bit more consistent with the weekdays. This morning, after getting up around 6 to treat low blood sugar and going back to sleep, I awoke at 8:30. I definitely could have made myself stay up, but I still felt tired and ended up falling asleep again on the futon and not getting up for good until 11:00. I did something similar yesterday.

I don't want to “waste” this much of my life sleeping, and it seems unreasonable that this much sleep would be necessary or desirable. Furthermore, it's been my experience in the past that when I oversleep, it makes me weak and even sleepier. However, the last couple of days I've felt a sort of calm focus that almost seems to imply that I do need this much sleep. Is it a compensation for getting way too little sleep during the week, or is there some sort of dietary or activity adjustment I could make that would decrease it? In any case, I went shooting this afternoon and I felt like I could make the bullets go pretty much just where I wanted them to. I will have to ponder this, because I constantly feel sleep-deprived during the week, but getting 11 hours a night on weeknights is probably infeasible (due to needing to be at work by 8:30) even if it were desirable.

Also of note: I spent $506.40 yesterday, with no single item costing more than $85. That was fun.

Current Mood: peacefulpeaceful
Current Music: Final Fantasy series

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Date:December 5th, 2005 04:12 am (UTC)
A person definitely builds up a sleep debt if they go for substantial periods of time not getting "enough" sleep. So I'd say 11 hours a night only happened because you cut your weeknights too short.
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Date:December 5th, 2005 04:24 am (UTC)
This happens pretty much every weekend, though, and even on weekdays when I don't have to work. It happened every single day my father was here except for Thursday night into Friday morning—the one day I worked. Weeknights I get probably 5-7 hours of sleep, averaging at around 6. I'm willing to believe that that's too little, but it's hard to believe that it's so little as to induce enough sleep debt for me to sleep 10-11 hours Wednesday night, Friday night, Saturday night and Sunday night all in the same week.
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