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Working the Midnight Shift

My sleep schedule is also topsy-turvey.

Sorry about the lack of a post today. I’m in the midst of trying to reset my completely dysfunctional night-owl sleep schedule to something resembling a normal one, by pushing my schedule forward by several hours a night until I basically cycle back around. Apparently this counterintuitive approach can be more effective at resetting circadian rhythms than trying to push a schedule back 5 or 6 hours. But in the process I sort of lose a day, and at the moment my schedule is completely wack. Today, I went to bed at noon  and got up at 8 PM; I’ll be up until 4 PM tomorrow.

Anyway, here’s one of my favorite late-night songs, by punk poet John Cooper Clarke, called “Midnight Shift.” (This is the opening segment to a documentary about him called “Ten Years in an Open Necked Shirt.” Sorry the quality is so poor.)

 

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Hershele Ostropoler
10 years ago

I’ve read that most people are naturally on a 25-hour cycle, when the day/night (OTP!) cycle doesn’t override it.

Magpie
Magpie
10 years ago

“It’s probably a cat” is a good rule of thumb for any pic on the internet 🙂

d__d
d__d
10 years ago

“Apparently this counterintuitive approach can be more effective at resetting circadian rhythms than trying to push a schedule back 5 or 6 hours. ”

That’s what I’ve always done and people called me crazy for it!

… well, no one actually called me crazy, but I’m pretty sure some thought it…

Magpie
Magpie
10 years ago

So I took my cat to the vet yesterday. He had been fighting and had a whopping great abcess making him miserable. It burst while the vet was examining him. She kept puss there last night so she could drain it properly under general anaesthetic. Then I have to give him antibiotics and pain med for a while. Does anyone think the vet is overdoing it? My friend says with a cat abcess you only need to bust it and let the air get to it.

cloudiah
10 years ago

My kitten had an abscess in her mouth, and we had to give her two courses of antibiotics (or courses of two different antibiotics, maybe is more accurate) before it really healed. I don’t think the antibiotics are overdoing it, personally, but IANAV. Hope your kitty has a speedy recovery!

Magpie
Magpie
10 years ago

An abscess in the mouth sounds horrible, poor little thing wouldn’t be able to eat! Did she need two antibiotics because the first one didn’t work?

I think the antibiotics for my little fella are not a bad idea – it was a bloody huge abscess. It was knocking him out that seemed odd – maybe it’s my attitude to how much medical care is appropriate to cats that is out of whack.

(Rereading my comment I really shouldn’t have said “puss”, it looks too much like “pus”)

And thanks for the correct spelling of abscess – neither way looked right when I was typing 🙂

cloudiah
10 years ago

It was on the inside of her lip. It didn’t seem to affect her appetite, but suddenly she looked like a lopsided chipmunk because of the swelling. The first antibiotic didn’t seem to work so we had to give her something stronger.
I think the general anesthesia might have been over the top, but it depends how docile the cat is. Even with my scrawny kitten they were talking about having to give her a general in order to really examine her if the antibiotics didn’t clear things up. Luckily, course #2 worked!

Magpie
Magpie
10 years ago

I see what you mean about the anaesthesia. They have anaesthetics for animals down to a fine art these days, so I suppose it’s better for cat and vet to knock ’em out and get it done in 2 minutes, instead of fighting the animal for 10 minutes.

It takes a lot to affect a kitten’s appetite, eh!

cloudiah
10 years ago

Funny cat video for insomniacs:

Magpie
Magpie
10 years ago

Finally got onto a computer that can do video, thinking Yay! Now I can watch Cloudiah’s funny cat video!

And this is NOT what I was expecting XD

katz
10 years ago

I thought the page pic was a llama, too.

Magpie
Magpie
10 years ago

My kitty came home this afternoon with 5 stitches and a drain. But yes, he is feeling much much better (and hungry!)

cloudiah
10 years ago

Glad kittie is home and feeling better!

LBT
LBT
10 years ago

Urgh. I’ve been sleeping twelve hours a day, exhausted most of the day, then feeling wired at night. Not good when I have to get up at half seven. (Also, it actually takes a significant chunk of time out of my day when I’m sleeping ALL THE GODDAMN TIME.)

I don’t know WHY, either. Usually it’s a warning of impending malnutrition crash, but I’ve been eating properly, I think. It better not be stress, if it’s stress I’ll be so pissed…

Beh. Mentally ill LBT is mentally ill.

Pecunium
10 years ago

I have a strange relationship to sleep. I like it. I don’t do enough of it. I am better suited to night waking than not. When I was in my teens, I was about 14 on, 10 off, if given the chance to set my own schedule.

Lately (i.e. since about 2003) I’ve been sleeping less. This causes a bit of the same sorts of problems as Noadi mentions, in different manifestations. I’ll go to bed with my partner and want to read, which keeps her up; and she needs a lot more sleep than I do.

When I’m not sleeping with her I tend to get to bet about 0200-0300, and wake about 0830-1000, depending.

if my sleep falls below about 6 hours for long (esp. if I have to be active) I start to slow down; but I can run on about four hours a night for about seven weeks; though I get a bit stuporous after about three.

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