Category: "Sleep"

Swing for Sleep 2013 is over...

In 2011, I pledged $0.50 per birdie, resulting in $45 to Narcolepsy Network. I was surprised it added to me standing out at the conference that year. Though I heard some people say that I’m becoming someone that is an easily recognized regular associated with the conference…. So, I might wonder if I’m in the right place when I’m looking for the conference area, but others will think they are if they spot me? :hmm:

During the conference Nicole, had said she’s planning to break 100 next year.

I decided to take that dare, and pledge $1 per birdie in 2012.

That resulted in $121 to Wake Up Narcolepsy.

For whatever reason, I decided to stick with $1 per birdie pledge in 2013.

So, today…as I was coming home from work, I felt really thirsty…so first thing at home is to down a bottle of water.

One of the problems with having fewer co-workers now, is there’s no reminder to take a break around 3pm. And, by the time I realize its passed, I don’t feel like doing anything about it so close to quiting time, plus I’m usually in the zone to get that one last thing done before I call it a day.

Guess it was right to find the dreaded letter from Nicole Jeray…. this year its for me to donate $129 to Narcolepsy Network.

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How Awake Are You?

Link: http://healthysleep.med.harvard.edu/need-sleep/whats-in-it-for-you/how-awake-are-you

Here's a flash 'game' that in 5 minutes assesses your wakefulness for driving....

For me, I ended with an average reaction time of 0.30 seconds, which according to the results is just with in the 'safe' range.

Though I also had 1 accident and 1 false start....

It was long and boring enough that I could feel the eyes wanting to wander, as well as the threat that I might have a microsleep.

And, a microsleep at 120km/hr is no fun....especially if you were aiming for a rest stop and the exit is sharp and turns to gravel.

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Suddenly Sleep Saturday in March 9th

National Sleep Awareness Week, this year takes place March 3-10, 2013, is an annual public education and awareness campaign to promote the importance of sleep. The week begins with the announcement of the National Sleep Foundation's Sleep in America poll results and ends with the clock change to Daylight Saving Time, where Americans lose one hour of sleep. The Foundation's Sleep Care Center members host events in their local communities throughout the week, providing sleep education and screening to the public.

The last Saturday of the week, is known as Suddenly Sleep Saturday and is also known as Narcolepsy Awareness Day.

On the last Sunday in 2011, March 13, Julie Flygare held the first SLEEP WALK in DC. This year the (3rd Annual) National Sleep Walk is today, March 3rd. Perhaps some day I'll travel for it....

Meanwhile, last year other Sleep Walk events started up across the country and around the world. Some for this year include:

SLEEP WALK West Coast in Sacramento, CA
SLEEP WALK Hawaii in Waikiki, HI
SLEEP WALK Dallas Texas

And, there are other events planned for Suddenly Sleepy Saturday, such as a Narcolepsy Bed Race in Roanoke, VA or Ireland's first International Narcolepsy Awareness Day:

Last night Sleep Paralysis came by for a visit

Last night as I was starting preparations to go to sleep, though I was intending to complete a project involving Kdenlive but didn't start, I received a HOT phone call. Yesterday was the start of my week on call. Webmail was down for other people, not just me (which I had noticed at the time when the issue was reported to have begun, but taken as a sign to get ready to go to sleep.) The call had come in quite some time after the start of outage.

Some how during that I had scraped up my right shin, though it didn't start to really hurt until sometime later when I was showering before going to bed.

I had intended to go to bed at 11pm, but it was about 11:50pm when I actually did. Though I left my pillow alarm set to 3:00am and 7:00am. Being on call, I had work phone next to pillow alarm as well. I took my first dose, and it seemed that I was out pretty quick. Because, I was woken around 12:15am by a call asking for a status update. Which I had apparently answered, without realizing it though I hadn't said anything on answering. I also hadn't taken my cpap mask off, but I managed to get words out that to me didn't sound too badly distorted. Was reminded that it was policy that I be harassed every hour for status updates, even though we're just the messenger for this kind of outage so there isn't any change in status until we get one from the service provider. And, service provider has a service desk that adds another hop in the chain so calling in new incidents to find out status does nothing.... But, I instead was informed that help desk had only received one call in the last hour and things appeared to be working from the operations center, so they call again just before closing operations for the night at 2am, and then wait until morning.

Well, around 1:46am I had vague sensation at first that something was pulse vibrating near me. Pillow alarm is continuous vibration, phone is pulse vibration. I could see that it was operations calling, but I found that I couldn't move. Yeah....sleep paralysis was paying me a visit. :wave:

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Home Brrr Home

Well, I'm home from another trip from the freezing north. Its a tad cold in my home too, good thing my flight from DFW to MHK was delayed, otherwise it would probably be colder.

When did I schedule the vacation hold on my thermostat? I was sure I had done it just before 8pm the night before I left....setting a 5 day hold, so that it would expire well before I got home. But, evidently it had gotten super cold in my home so it took a long time to recover. It was 62 when I got home, and it is try to get to 68......based on how much its gone up in about 45 minutes...I guess it has been working since around 8pm to get up from 50 (where I had set the hold at, I'll probably need to rethink the vacation hold bottom.)

Meanwhile, I found my missing smartphone. I didn't leave it plugged in...in the hallway like I thought I had. But, I had remembered to pick it up from there, but I had set it down when I had stopped to unplug my hot water pot....and forgot it there.

As for how the flight home went...leaving Calgary for DFW was uneventful. Going through customs was somewhat easier thanks to Global Entry, though I'm not sure why I don't also have Nexus....wonder what's involved in getting that added. Though the trip into Canada was relatively painless this time. Though I did get picked for secondary screening before security.... And, seems they subject ultrathin computers to secondary screening as well. The picked on the thin macbook product of a person ahead of me...and my chromebook, but they didn't test my thicker Lenovo laptop or other beasts that I recall for people around me. Though was kind of annoyed that Chromebook always turns on when you open it...a complete shutdown really should leave it off. It didn't seem happy about starting to turn itself back on from the complete shutdown, and then getting closed. But, airport security just wanted to swab the keyboard.

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