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 thoughts on “I am sleepless elite”

  1. 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?

  2. 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.

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