I went to bed a little afterÂ 8 p.m.Â The thermostat started acting up again about 10 p.m.Â I turned it down a little more.Â It didn’t matter.Â I was awake and my mind started working overtime.Â I couldn’t get it to stop.Â I think that about 1 a.m. I must have gone to sleep.Â I woke from a very strange and disturbing dream to the sound of the furnace running.Â I rolled over and hit the wall.Â The rest of the night continued in like manner.Â Bits of sleep with bits of strange dreams, and my mind worrying the same problem over and over ad nauseam.
Finally about 3:30 a.m.Â I went to sleep.Â Real sleep.Â Relaxed, no dreams.Â Unfortunately I woke at 4:30 a.m., just like I normally do.Â I stayed in bed for another half hour to no avail.Â I finally got up.
The effects of sleep deprivation on the body are interesting.Â My brain seems to be functioning just fine, but I am cold.Â Freezing from the inside out.Â My skin is perfectly warm to the touch, but I am shivering.Â My leg muscles feel like jello, all wobbly.Â The nausea is the worst of all.Â My stomach is upset, yet I am hungry.
The Doc explained the hunger to me.Â Sleep is energy.Â If a body is short on sleep, it will demand more food for energy — even though food energy and sleep energy are not interchangeable.
So, here I am at work today until 3:30 p.m., then I’m going home to bed no matter what time it is — and I may as well leave the heat off since I am frozen anyway!