I am sleepless elite

For years now, ever since my kids were born, I have been getting by on four to six hours of sleep a night. Occasionally, I’ll splurge and get 7 or 8, but that’s the exception rather than the rule. I feel as though there’s something wrong about getting away with 4-6 hours a night, like it’s cheating to get away with it.

I’m not tired, and I’m not usually grumpy. I don’t feel as though I’m about to nod off at any minute. I don’t seem to be getting stupider and stupider every day.

Until recently, I used to have a pretty strong coffee habit, so I thought it was caffeine that was keeping me from getting 7-8 hours a night. But a couple months ago, I cut back to one, maybe two cups a day, which seems totally normal, so that must not be it.

This morning I woke up after about six hours, and I felt pretty grumpy, so I was having doubts. But after a meal, I felt better; I guess I was just hungry. I asked Sara, my wife, if I was one of those who don’t need as much sleep as most, and she said, “Definitely.”

2 Replies to “I am sleepless elite”

  1. I’m tired, but not usually grumpy or having headaches, before coffee.

    That day, I ate the meal that cured my grumpiness about an hour post-coffee.

    Usually, it’s hunger, not caffeine withdrawal, that makes me grumpy.

  2. That sounds nice, good to hear you are able to have some extra time! My thoughts on reading this are 1) 1+ cups of coffee a day probably /is/ sufficient for a caffeine addiction but 2) if you aren’t grumpy / tired / having headaches before your coffee, you probably aren’t suffering from this as you suspect. Did your meal that cured your grumpiness include coffee?

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