Thoughts of sleep

Don’t ask me to explain the science behind it, but I’m aware of the concept of a liquid or gas taking the shape of its container.

However, I don’t think the scientists who first figured this out did enough research, because I think I’ve found something else that fits this description.

Sleep.

Between 6 and 7 1/2 hours of sleep is normally enough for me — and I get that’s a lot for some people, especially if there are babies in the house — but on the rare occasions I try to sleep longer, I can’t.

Because I’m not the type to “sleep in,” I’m pretty sure the only time I’ve ever slept until noon is the time my brother and I went to a football game in Buffalo and got back to our parents’ house at about 4 a.m.

Between 6 and 7 1/2 hours of sleep is normally enough for me — and I get that’s a lot for some people, especially if there are babies in the house — but on the rare occasions I try to sleep longer, I can’t.

I think I’ve trained myself to be a “container” whose “shape” only allows so much sleep. (And if I’m bolluxing the science for the analogy, too bad. I don’t want to hear it.)

For instance, the other night, I went to bed an hour or so earlier than normal because I was tired and saw no reason to stay up, but instead of enjoying the extra sleep, I woke up about an hour before normal because I couldn’t sleep.

And it wasn’t the first time that happened. Who knows what dreams I may have missed during that time?

I mean … there are a lot worse dreams.

Or there was the dream Suzi told me about the other day, about driving a pink child’s car — like the one we once saw in the local spot to drop stuff for sale — to New York.

Then, once we got there, my father popped open the hood to see what was underneath.

Putting aside the fact that if we drove a child’s car from Massachusetts to New York, we might get there in 2027 if we started right now, the thought of my mechanical genius father inspecting the engine is pretty hysterical.

Then it snowed, and while our decision-making process included “drive a child’s car from Massachusetts to New York,” we did have the good sense to realize driving back in the snow wasn’t a great idea.

So we went to the rental-car place to find a suitable ride, and were trying to figure out how to pack the toy car when …

… Suzi said the dream ended.

Because that’s another thing about sleep that really needs to be explained by science — that it’s always time to wake up before the conclusion.

4 thoughts on “Thoughts of sleep

  1. i admit that I clicked on this post simply because of the picture of the barbie car — reminds me of my daughter’s lol
    and your comment about driving a toy car from ma to ny is hilarious. would love to see someone try that 🙂

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  2. Pingback: The week gone by — Oct. 24 – A Silly Place

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