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How Do You Handle Sleep?


October 2012

It’s 2:39 am. Coffee is made and I’m watching wall to wall coverage of Sandy that repeats (with different people) every 20 minutes or so. I’ll be in the shower by 3:30, out the door by 4 and in my office by 4:45… And look at this as a good thing. I’ll have at least two hours to get work done before the phones start ringing.

I’ll take a power nap at noon, after lunch and before my daily office spin. Then I head off to a post bid, pre contract qualification meeting at three.

Immediately following that meeting I’ll head home, 11-12 hour day in the bag. From there, God only knows when I’ll fall asleep.

Now, I fell asleep before 8:00 last night. What can I say, I was tired and I rarely fight going to sleep – I never saw a full World Series game, so I did get more than 6-1/2 hours of sleep (my average is 6 to 6-1/2 which is more than enough)…

So the title of this post was a question, how do you handle sleep?

Do you sleep when you’re ready, circumstances be damned? Are you more regimented? Is it about time or quality?

UPDATE:  It’s 5:03, the lights are on but I’m running a little behind…  I left on time but had to deal with snow on the way in…  SNOW!  For the love of Mike, this is simply not right.


  1. Daniel Undem says:

    i try to keep a regimented bedtime, but many days life gets in the way. On average I’ll get about 6.5 hours a night. Sometimes more sometimes less. By the way it too early for snow.

  2. Kimberly / says:

    Same here. I try to stick to a schedule. My life right now doesn’t allow for naps. At some point, I hit a point of being sleep deprived and skip a day or two of early morning workouts until I feel rested again. I didn’t used to do that. And I still hate it. But, it seems to be the only thing that works for the time being.

    • bgddyjim says:

      I’ve never been an early morning fitness kind of guy and I could see where having to skip it for sleep would drive you nuts – that’s a tough call right there, but you can’t fight the sandman.

  3. elisariva says:

    It should not come as a surprise to know I have a fairly tight schedule. My goal on week nights is to be in bed by 9, asleep by 9:30. I love to read in bed, sometimes I get carried away until 10:00. I get up at 4:30 and 7 hours is what I operate best on. Fortunately I do not have a problem sleeping. Rarely, I mean rarely, do I have trouble getting to sleep.

    • bgddyjim says:

      The funny thing is, I almost mentioned you for this post… I was worried you might misunderstand where I was coming from – at 3 am I just find the phraseology to make it read right. Your sleep schedule, according to what I’ve read, is what most humans aspire to. 🙂

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