Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Sleep-Deprived Blogger Has Brain Fog

I'm really tired today (Monday). Last night I came upstairs at 10:00 to do one more thing at my computer (after watching the Survivor finale), and ended up hitting the sack at 2:45 AM. As usual, the "one more thing" had turned into ten more things.

Once in bed, of course, I couldn't fall right to sleep. Too many tasks on my mind. All good stuff, mind you, stuff I want to do, but my brain struggled to stay awake, listing and prioritizing at warp speed. I figure I slept about three and a half hours before my internal alarm woke me up. I'd forgotten to turn it off before I went to bed.

I'm writing this at 4:00 PM Monday so I can schedule it to post early Tuesday morning. Since I can't go to bed early tonight (mustn't miss my writer's critique group), I plan to sleep in tomorrow. I'll have this mental conversation with whatever part of my brain houses that internal alarm. "Tomorrow," I'll say, "I don't want to get up until I've had at least eight hours of good sleep." I'll repeat that a couple of times to make sure it registers.

Brain fog makes for a very boring blog, doesn't it?


Anonymous said...

Even with brain fog, you're writing your post ahead of time so you can schedule post it! I love that when I wake up, your blog (and there's several other authors in the class too who work like this) already has a new entry that's ready for me to read.

Karen Walker said...

I so relate, Patricia. Hope you got a good night's sleep last night!

Karen Walker

Jane Kennedy Sutton said...

Actually, I think brain fog is something every blogger suffers from occasionally. Good for you for working through it and not giving in!

Jane Kennedy Sutton

Anonymous said...

Not to worry. Even the best bloggers get foggy bloggy brains from time to time. :)

Galen Kindley said...

Patricia, Do you have a poetry background...or is it just the telltale effect of a naturally gifted writer?

You Wrote: "Brain fog makes for a very boring blog." Isn't that like, Iambic Pentameter?? Kinda clever...fogged or not.

Best Galen,

Patricia Stoltey said...

No, Galen, I'm definitely not a poet. However, I still have all of the horrible stuff I wrote years and years ago. From time to time, I pull some of those poems out of a box and read them...when I need a good laugh.


Kerrie said...

2:45 am?? That's crazy-I don't care how many things there are to do. :-) By the way, I think your blog looks great. I haven't watched the Survivor finale yet. I finally caught up with Grey's Anatomy.

Jina Bacarr said...

To sleep, perchance to...blog?



N A Sharpe said...

Ah...sleep. I vaguely remember the concept. I think sometimes we get so busy our brains have a hard time turning off to allow us the downtime we so desperately need. Its great when you can get things planned and done ahead of time though. Good for you! Go try to get some sleep :)


K. A. Laity said...

I've resigned myself to being tired and dragging until the end of the month when I leave the country for a whole relaxing month! Sleep deprivation is a mind-altering experience. Hope you get some sleep tonight!

Enid Wilson said...

I have been sleeping for 4 to 5 hours for some years now, often wake up at 3 or 4 am, read or write a bit before going back to sleep again. Seem we are all in the same boat.

Sexy romance by Enid Wilson

Karen Brees said...

I haven't slept through the night since 1974. What does that feel like????