I had some dreams ... they were klowns in my koffee.

(With apologies to Carly Simon)

This is my journey through job transition from a toxic environment to a better life. Join me for a few thoughts and a few laughs along the way.
What are "klowns in my koffee"? They are the factors large and small that make you less than you are. A "klown" can be a grossly incompetent boss,
a short-sighted policy or a moronic coworker. They won't kill you, at least not immediately, but they abrade the soul
as you scrape past them to get through the day. Sometimes it's best to dump them out of the cup.


Day 299 - Sleep On It

Daily Kup (My Life as a Mattress Tester)
I'm trying an experiment for the next week or two that may delay the timely publishing of my daily posts.

Sleep. At least seven hours of it a night.

I've heard about people who actually go to bed at what they snidely call a "reasonable" hour. I've always had a reason to stay up. When I was a drone at Porkus, I usually worked online from about 11 PM until 2 or 3 AM many nights since there were always invoices to process, reports to compile, or knives to take out of my back. After Porkus ("A. P."), I read or wrote my blog or played games until roughly the same hours.

Sleep deprivation is the ugly stepchild of a harried society. Starbucks may have saved Michael Gates Gill's life but it may be slowly killing everyone else who substitutes chemical stimulation for natural rejuvenation. And what's with all these ads for Five Hour Energy? There's one ad where the guy is almost suicidal about the effort required to get up, get dressed and have breakfast. One swig from the little bottle and he's bouncing down the stairway.

I could live with the laundry list of negative effects of sleep deprivation until I read the results of the latest research. Having insufficient sleep makes you fat. Hah! That explains it!

Since I usually eat a peanut butter and jelly sandwich after everyone goes to bed, I don't even need to think about increased cortisol levels to get a glimmer of why this correlation between sleep and weight may exist. At the very least, if you are sleeping, you are not eating.

I haven't had the medically recommended amount of nightly sleep since junior high school. Yes, there were junior high schools back in the Dark Ages. I taught Lincoln to do that thing with writing on the back of a shovel. And did he mention me in the Gettysburg Address? No gratitude ... but I digress.

So, if my posts are delayed during the next week or so, please know that there is a reason: I'm sleeping on it.


Capissen said...

I recently saw this TED Talk by Arianna Huffington that seems to be along a similar vein. Hope all is well!

Burning Khrome said...

Hi there! Nice to know that you are still around!

Thank you for sending this humorous and well-presented brief talk. I wish I had thought of repurposing that "sleep our way to the top" line to demonstrate the creative value in not dragging yourself around all the time.

Arianna has the distinction of being unique in the literal meaning of the word by: 1) Having been a prominent activist for first the conservative movement and more recently the liberal movement, and 2) being a blogger who makes money.

Thanks again for posting this insightful reference piece.

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