I SUCK AT SLEEPING: Plus, Cat Needs A New Body-Con Mini

While most people are asleep, I'm awake emailing my boss and grocery shopping.

Feb 20, 2012 at 1:00pm | Leave a comment

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Like anyone who has read a women's magazine, I know all the boring sleep rules -- limit caffeine and alcohol, no evening cardio, create a relaxing bedtime routine -- but none of these tactics has ever worked for me. Most week nights, I log five hours of sleep at best, and when I do, they're never consecutive. 

Cat's convinced that I'm up all night on prescription drugs, which makes her uncomfortable, but I'm not. She isn't projecting, she's simply responding to the red flags she's seen, like these early AM work emails I send.
From: Julie Schott
To: Cat Marnell
Subject: Writing
Sent: Feb 17, 2012 1:41 AM 

I don't have anything in mind for tomorrow. Can I do something Cat-centric? Or is that getting old? 

On Feb 167, 2012, at 1:53 PM, "cat.marnell@gmail.com" <cat.marnell@gmail.com> wrote:

Sure. What do you want to do?

From: Julie Schott
To: Cat Marnell
Subject: Re: Writing
Sent: Feb 17, 2012 2:25 AM

A Julie finds it for Cat? Is there anything you need? Or something else?

On Feb 17, 2012, at 2:37 AM, "cat.marnell@gmail.com" <cat.marnell@gmail.com> wrote:

Why don't you find me an asst beauty editor who's not lying through her teeth about not being on prescription stimulants?

From: Julie Schott
To: Cat Marnell
Subject: Re: Writing
Sent: Feb 17, 2012 2:41 AM

I haven't taken a single stimulant. I've always been a semi-insomniac. I did take one painkiller though, which was stupid because it just made me feel hazy and slow. 

On Feb 17, 2012, at 3:17 AM, "cat.marnell@gmail.com" <cat.marnell@gmail.com> wrote:

Ok no pill talk. Find me bodycon miniskirts.
 
For as long as I can remember, I've slept for two to three hours at a time before opening my eyes and feeling fully alert. When I wake up at 3 am or whatever, I usually get out of bed and make oatmeal or something. I scroll through my Twitter feed and check emails. Sometimes I go to the 24-hour food store across the street. I don't really try to fall back asleep again.

Did you read about how I sleep around a lot? Well, yeah. I wake up and wander around when I stay over at friends' apartments too. I even do it on vacation.

When I was 17, a doctor prescribed Ambien to treat my insomnia, but it made me spacey and depressed. I felt as though my brain had stopped working, and I couldn't think clearly. Basic information like the month and year became a blur. Needless to say, I didn't stick with it.

Don't get me wrong, not being able to sleep can be convenient, like when I have freelance assignments and need extra waking hours to work. Other times though, it makes me nervous. 

Last year, Stanford University did a study that linked disrupted sleep with an impaired ability to learn new things and early Alzheimer's. As someone who can hardly remember how I spent the previous weekend, I can't argue that sleep deprivation isn't affecting my memory.

It's 2:20 am and I'm going to stay awake for a while longer without the help of prescription stimulants or even caffeine. That's just my relationship with sleep. The only thing I do at this point to encourage tiredness is turn on my dishwasher. I really love the sound, although it horrifies most houseguests. 

Anyway, I need to find Cat a new body-con mini! I really like these colored leather ones and think any one of them would fit seamlessly with Cat's collection of vintage tees. Note the Presidents' Day color scheme.

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Heavy Metal Skirt, Nasty Gal, $108. Leather Mini Skirt, Vince, $495. Leather Mini, Free People, $50.

Now, do you have any unusual sleeping habits or rituals? I want to hear about them. Have you experienced insomnia and if so what did you do to deal with it? What about body-con minis. Would you wear these? Let's talk.

Stay up all night and follow Julie on Twitter @JR_Schott.