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That Time of the Month
An attempt at a humorous title — sleeplessness involves grumpiness, physical weakness, and a general feeling of disorientation.


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Lie on your side and watch the time pass on the cheap, white clock with the nightmarish alarm sound — set for the time when your significant other is supposed to go to work. Forget your work, you'll be in zombie mode 'til one o'clock in the afternoon when you finally manage to find that right position (if you ever do), only to wake up around dinnertime knowing that by falling asleep you've sentenced yourself to another night of sleeplessness.

Author Chuck Palahniuk put it this way:

"When you have insomnia, you're never really asleep ...
and you're never really awake.
" [Fight Club]

Although the story's protagonist was describing a 2 year period of insomnia, it sums it up quite nicely for single nights as well. Once it's past 5am, you've usually spent your last drops of energy and desperately flip through your DVD collection to find a movie boring enough to fall asleep over. When you're a movie fanatic, however, you usually don't purchase movies you find boring — so this attempt is doomed from the start. Besides, you don't want to spoil the best movies by watching them too often.

It's not all doom and gloom, sometimes you'll catch a creative streak. Oddly enough, this seems to be a documented phenomena amongst us humans. If I were to go through my black books I'd probably find that most of the ideas are written after 11pm. Looking for a reference for this phenomena now, I came upon this page, Creative Insomnia — which seems to aim at inducing insomnia for creative purposes. They also have some products to help you sleep — one of which I thought was particularly entertaining:
"Sleep Mate is the best sleep machine—it sounds like a fan. With its movable top and collar, the sound is subtly adjustable from a soft hum to a louder whirr. $56.95".
It sounds like a fan? Why not just buy a fan then?

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To be compared with pictures of Mist Over Reykjavík

There's a certain feeling of peace in knowing that the city sleeps.


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