Thursday, January 29, 2009

Drowning in Sleep Debt

"I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I'm awake, you know?" ~ Ernest Hemingway

The dark circles under my eyes are evidence of a burnout waiting to happen. They represent the late night calls to the police, the midnight laughing with friends, the tear stained pillow cases I've had to wash, and the early morning "I love you's" expressed after a date that lasted into the next day. Above all, they proclaim that I am a college student who spends her life hunched over a desk into the wee hours of the morning surrounded by her countless books, trying to finish her countless tasks.

Although I find solace in the few hours of sleep I encounter, I know you, as my reader, will find solace in the daily dark comedy that is my life. Maybe you'll even think about me as you drift off to sleep, picturing me rack up the sleep debt.

Only another 12 or 13 hours left in my day--better get to work if I want to get any sleep tonight at all.

Until next time, sweet dreams.

--The Sleep Deprived Student