One of my favorite things in the world is climbing into bed. I can’t think of many more things that thrill me so consistently (although flossing is rising higher on the list).

I remember discussing one day with Catherine and Caleb lying in bed at night. They both mentioned that they will often remember something they want to think about in-depth and mentally save it for that time when they are lying in bed, waiting to fall asleep at night.

I had no idea what they were talking about.

Apparently they aren’t blessed with the talent I have. Most people crave the same ability that gives me grief– my natural ability to sleep. Like many natural tendencies, this is a blessing and a curse that affects me on a daily basis.


  • I never have sleepless nights.
  • I can sleep anywhere, anytime, and (almost) anyplace.
  • I can sleep through many distractions (light, earthquakes, sirens, phone calls, roommates).
  • I rarely have nightmares.
  • I can wake up early.


  • I consistently fall asleep in movies and as such, I avoid watching movies post 9 p.m.
  • Pillow talk is rare with roommates since I can fall asleep within 5 seconds of my head hitting the pillow.
  • Late night reading is impossible although every once in a while I attempt it again thinking that perhaps this night is different. Inevitably, I find the book on the floor and the light on when I wake up in the morning.
  • No matter how interesting the conversation I’m having, movie I’m watching, paper I’m writing – I don’t function at full-capacity after 10:00 at night.* As a single young adult, this has serious ramifications on my social life.
  • I can’t stay up late to finish projects. Waking up early demands that I be realistic about my time-management skills (we’ll reserve that subject for another day).

I’m not convinced the pro’s outweigh the con’s but either way, I’m resigned to my fate and am consequentially trying to embrace my hypersomnia.

*Dance parties may be the only exception.


5 thoughts on “o sleep! o gentle sleep!

  1. I actually have a similar problem. I have to have lots of sugar if I’m going to be functional at night. Though I can’t sleep if I’m not comfortable, so if I don’t want to fall asleep during a movie I don’t lay down.

  2. Oh, Lindsay Love, how this post made me chuckle! We came out of the same mold, I’m afraid! :) We should just be roommates, and I will never feel bad if you don’t talk to me at night or want to stay up late or watch a movie past 9pm (or 7pm for that matter….). I MISS YOU! And yes, you’re right…dance parties are the ONLY exception.

  3. Oh yes, how I remember all the times you had friends over for sleepovers and I was the one who stayed up with them and played while you slept. Unfortunately, I am the opposite and can stay up all hours of the time and dream of sleeping in until noon.

  4. I am envious of your talent. I would gladly give up late night movies for more restful sleep. Can’t believe you did all you did in the program without being able to stay up late.

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