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Kistaro Windrider, Reptillian Situation Assessor

Unfortunately, I Really Am That Nerdy

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I've been running on edge for, ooh, the last month and a half.

For a variety of reasons, but "running on edge" is in this case defined as "working too hard without enough sleep" in the most general case. Going to Six Flags last Thursday after only about two hours of sleep the prevous night I think is what finally pushed me into a state of exhaustion.

I've spent much of the intervening time asleep, and I don't even have anything resembling a sleep "schedule" now. I just woke up about half an hour ago- 8:30 PM- from going to bed at 8:45 AM; I'd woken up before then at 11:45 PM from going to bed at 5:45 PM earlier. Eleven consecutive hours are the worst I've done yet this time- it's not the fifty something consecutive hours I slept when I caught the flu a few years back- but the total is somewhere around 15 hours asleep in a 24-hour period, and that's not entirely cool.

But it's obvious what it is; my father has been known to do the same thing in certain situations. It's exhaustion, born of months of sleep deprivation and then one event of major fatigue. My father had the same from being hired as a computer consultant and working 100-hour weeks with nearly weekly airplane trips on-site to Texas. Profitible, but exhausting- it's like he wasn't there at all for the worst two years of that work, because when he wasn't in Texas, he was either working or comatose, and frequently the latter.

I do need the rest. I have been running on edge for a month and a half, and it's finally decaying. I just need to get this resolved in time to finish my lab assignment and take my final exam on Wednesday...

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*hugs the lizard*

Best of luck on the lab and the final.
(and on catching up on that sleep ... It probably isn't too helpful to note that I spent about a week at the end of each semester as an undergrad doing so, is it?)

(apologies for multiples if there are any ... LJ was in a comment-eating mood)

Random thought, but if your parents are familiar with the signs of exhaustion that you're showing, perhaps it could be helpful in explaining to them that you've been working at shoving everything into the days when you're on campus, and it leaves you so sleep-deprived you're exhausted. (I wouldn't be surprised if you'd already thought of it, but I just thought I'd throw it out.)

Hang in there, buddy, as a fellow insomniac (for differing reasons) I can sympathize. Try to normalize your schedule just a little bit this weekend and beginning of the week, you only have a few days to stick out before you get to crash completely and reset your biological clock. Hopefully, we'll be able to hang out soon as well!

Much sympathy.

Sleep is necessary for mental and physical functioning.

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