You are not going to believe this. Last night I slept for 13 hours.
You read that right. I went to bed at 10:30 and woke up this morning at 11:30. I got up to go to the bathroom at 04:00, but went back to sleep immediately. I did wake, or at least entered hypnopompia, a couple of times following REM, but went back to sleep quickly. I did have to use the Coastal Transition Trek a couple of times, but I never got much past the beach. The time I spent in hynopompia, I was ruminating over a pleasant dream about a girl I was interested in (seems I was quite a bit younger), but I didn’t linger there. I believe I spent much of the time in deep sleep, which in light of yesterday’s post concerning deep sleep and Alzheimer’s, is a really good thing.
What enabled me to have such an amazing night?
I attribute some of it to not sleeping well the night before. However, I did well enough during the day, so it wasn’t as if I was really in trouble. As a matter of fact, I did have something hanging over my head that could have contributed to troubled sleep but didn’t. I found a problem with the graphics in In Pursuit of Sleep that may delay publication for a couple more days. I had converted the Illustrator files to jpgs because of a problem getting them to size right in the InDesign document. Not the thing to do. The illustrations are pale and when examined closely show pixilation. So I was worrying about that when I went to bed, but by using the Coastal Transition Trek, I was able to get to sleep quickly anyway. I woke fully only the once.
Of course, getting so much sleep can drag down the sleep propensity curve and cause me to not sleep very well in the nights ahead. We’ll see.