How do I do this you ask? By forcing myself to fight sleep all day long. You must be thinking I'm insane. Fighting insomnia by making yourself stay awake? That doesn't make any logical sense. Remember when you were a kid? You would fight and fight to keep yourself from falling asleep and what happened? The harder you tried to stay awake the sooner you fell asleep. This is the crazy logic an insomniac will use after being awake for the nearly 24 hours that I have.
It is now nearly 8:00 AM and I need to find a way to stay up until at least 8:00 PM. If I fail I'll end up crashing probably around noon and then I'll wake up at 8 or 9 and I'll once again be up all night. Not so bad when it it's the weekend but extremely harmful when you need to be at work Monday morning. It's time to create a plan and figure out how to stay up another eight hours. This is my plan for the day.
8-9 AM: Continue laying in bed with the laptop and read a few blogs. I find the eerie glow of a computer is good at keeping you awake. Also, this allows my body to get a bit of rest without going to sleep.
9-10: I think I'll cook a nice big breakfast while listening to Meet the Press (Republicans always make me angry so I get worked up). I think I'll make an omelet, with a hot pepper or two. Spicy food gives a good kick.
10-11: Fresh off of my omelet kick I'll probably start reading for a bit. Warning! Reading is dangerous and only should be attempted by a savvy veteran. Make sure your book is interesting and if you start getting sleepy stand up and walk around or else you're done for.
11-1 PM: Watch the last two episodes of the second season of Dexter. I'm completely addicted to this show and can't wait to find out what happens before the season ends! I'll be too riveted by Michael C. Hall's sociopathic charms to fall asleep.
1-2: Mexican take-out, extra green sauce. The walk will wake you up a bit without draining you too much and heaping on the hot sauce will also help. Warning! Only do this if you have a Mexican restaurant in walking distance. You don't want to be driving at this point.
2-3:30: Watch the second half of the Cavs/Magic game. I'm a huge sports fan so this is a no-brainer. Dwight Howard and LeBron James going at it? Doesn't get much more exciting than that.
3:30-7: At this point you're in serious need of help and can't do it all alone. Time to enlist friends. I'm going to try to get a couple buddies together to go watch the second game/olympics/whatever else gets turned on at the local pub. Social activity, loud noises and a bit of excitement make staying awake much easier. Plus, if you've got a bit of a buzz going it makes crash time that much easier when you finally make it there.
7-8: Stumble out of the bar and go grab some take-out to devour when you get home. Eat it in a celebratory, half-drunk manner because you have almost made it. Make sure everything is ready for work tomorrow and crash into your bed.
You made it, and with any luck you'll be able to fall into your normal sleeping pattern again until insomnia rears its ugly head once again.
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