Sleep No More

I'll even take Spock's help at this point

I haven’t posted anything in three weeks. Things are a chaotic blur right now. I have a second sleep study coming up in a week. I’ll post again when I get this under control.

Methought I heard a voice cry ‘Sleep no more!
Macbeth does murder sleep’, the innocent sleep,
Sleep that knits up the ravell’d sleeve of care,
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath,
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course,
Chief nourisher in life’s feast,—

Still it cried ‘Sleep no more!’ to all the house:
‘Glamis hath murder’d sleep, and therefore Cawdor
Shall sleep no more; Macbeth shall sleep no more.’

—MacBeth, Act 2, Scene 2

13 Responses to “Sleep No More”

  1. Rivendusk Says:

    That… That really made me laugh! I’m glad people at my office already think I’m strange, so the sudden bouts of laughter don’t disturb them too badly. ;-)

  2. Cyc Says:

    Sleep, what is this sleep you speak of? I believe I have read legends about this phenomenon, but have yet to determine if they are real or just the rantings of a deluded mind.

  3. Parrotlover77 Says:

    I’m pretty happy when I get five hours during the week. My wife is having a sleep study in a few days. I need to schedule one for myself.

    Living in modern times is a bitch for our primate bodies, ain’t it?

    There’s this thing called “exercise” that I am supposed to do, as well. I recall being quite into such things in my early twenties, but it’s so long ago, I can’t remember how to do it.

    On the other hand, World’s Dumbest is on, and I can’t miss that.

  4. spinetingler Says:

    My wife is doing a sleep study tomorrow night. Must be that time of year.

  5. Ron Britton Says:

    You guys shouldn’t scoff at sleep. It’s vastly underrated and undervalued, until you can’t get it anymore. The brain does an awful lot of repair and rejuvenation while you’re asleep.

    The rest of your body needs it too. Testosterone is produced during REM. I’m getting almost no REM. That’s right! Insomnia is turning me gay! I can feel my rights slipping away at this very moment.

  6. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Hold on a second. So we could possibly stop most wars then by just banging some loud drums in front of the world’s various leaders’ bedrooms?

    Anyway, trust me I’m not scoffing at sleep. My core problem is that I sleep, but never feel rested. It’s sort of a cruel joke. I lose those hours out of my day, but don’t feel rejuvenated. For the past several years, I’ve taken to just not sleeping as much as I tend to get somewhat of a second wind at night. Then at least I get the hours back and feel the same way in the morning!

    Thank the baby bejesus I don’t have kids.

    EDIT: So this begs the question… Is there a link between nonbelief and insomnia?? An anecdotal survey of BoF readers says yes! Let’s all draw conclusions now. Personally, I think it’s because we’ve all been exposed to Wirth and Ham while not in a delusional mental state. Since we accidentally tried to make sense out of their writings, our brains are forever scarred.

  7. Thomas Says:

    I once saw a performance of MacBeth that was re-imagined in a science fiction setting, a-la Star Trek. The weird sisters were were manipulative aliens. MacBeth was a junior military officer plotting to take the captain’s chair. They also omitted much of the dialog to bring the time under ninety minutes.

    It wasn’t very good.

  8. Lurker111 Says:

    Been having some sleep issues the past few days myself. Finally got some good REMs last night, and what did I get? The Examination Nightmare.

    And I’ve been out of school for (mumble-mumble) decades.

  9. Ron Britton Says:

    Lurker111:

    And I’ve been out of school for (mumble-mumble) decades.

    Isn’t that weird? Every year or two, I’ll have one of those. It shows how traumatic school is. We’re all permanently scarred.

  10. Ron Britton Says:

    Thomas:

    I once saw a performance of MacBeth that was re-imagined in a science fiction setting

    That sounds bad on its surface, and maybe it was, but Shakespeare is frequently used as the underpinnings of science fiction.

    One more thing. Yesterday, I had a brilliant insight into my sleep disorder. It was actually suggested by the title of this post. In the play, MacBeth speaks the lines I quoted above. He fears that he is cursed to never sleep again, because he murdered King Duncan in his sleep.

    That’s my problem! I’m cursed to never sleep again, because I once smashed a Duncan yoyo!

  11. Parrotlover77 Says:

    @Ron / @Lurker111 – Me too. I have that nightmare several times per year. Sometimes it’s combined with the ZOMG I FORGOT TO WEAR CLOTHES nightmare. For extra special fear sauce, sometimes my brain creates extremely dire consequences to failing the class I forgot I had where the exam is today. Such as losing my job, etc.

    And then sometimes the “I can fly like a blimp if I just hold my breath” dream scoots its way into that dream and I wake up wondering how the fuck I could believe any of it… while also still jealous of my feathered companion birds’ ability to fly free.

    Yum.

  12. Lindsay Says:

    Instead of ZOMG I forgot to wear clothes! dream, the other night I had ZOMG I am wearing jeans and it’s not casual Friday (Wednesday instead). Seriously…wtf???

    Though I’ve had several dreams before where I forgot to wear pants to work, so I suppose jeans on Wednesday is better than no pants at all lol.

  13. Parrotlover77 Says:

    Jeans on Wednesday? Either your brain is setting a new low standard, or your work is VERY strict about dress code!

    For the record, it’s Tuesday, and I’m in kahki shorts and a Florida Gators T-Shirt. I love the dress code where I work. ;-)