April 3, 2008

Decision Point

Every time I am up late working on an assignment, there comes a time where I need to decide if its an all-nighter, or I am going to get sleep and try to pick it up in the morning. For tonight, now is that time. I need around at least six hours of sleep to get any real value out of it, and I'm pretty sure four is actually worse on me than skipping a night and making it up later.

I have been working on my LD midterm continually since about 2:00 P.M., with the exception of about an hour for dinner. All the LDs pretty much stuck around after class to work on it, around 10:00 or so I'd say people started leaving and I was the last at around 12:30. My vignette (i.e., the midterm is not at all where I want it, and I'm ultimately not very happy about how it is turning out. It doesn't look or feel bad, it just doesn't do anything amazing. I'm not sure if this is a case of high expectations, but there's just a lot more I'd like to do with it, and I'm not sure there would be time even if I gave up another night of sleep.

Sam (the recently departed LD) dropped by and seemed to be in much higher spirits than usual, and certainly more than the rest of us. It was good to see him, and he's already potentially lined up for a job (not game related), but I think his good mood made the LDs a little jealous and reminded them what life was like "on the outside." I know it's not really prison, but I think it's about as close as you can get voluntarily. You give up basically everything you have to the program hoping for some great future happiness, and it's certainly a trip let me tell you... Anyway, I don't want to go down this line. I think it's clear I should get some sleep and my midterm will just have to wait. Good night all!


  1. I'm pretty sure that some sleep (any amount) is better on you body than no sleep. Iy may not feel refreshing to sleep four hours, but your body at least gets some recharge. Anything over 2 hours or so (approximately the length of one sleep cycle if my memort of psych 101 is holding up) should provide some recharge for your body. You really can't "make up" sleep later, as anything over 8 hours or so is just wasted in REM and doesn't help your body at all.

  2. That may, in fact, be true, I don't really know the biology of it, only that I tend to feel crappier after a little sleep than I do after none, though I recognize that may be purely an illusion.

    As for "making up" sleep, I think I've heard the same thing...basically that sleep can't be made up. Though at the same time, sleep deprivation is cumulative. Sucks, huh?