For the first time in a really long time, I can’t sleep. I don’t feel tired. My mind is more active than usual. Plus, I napped during the day yesterday and today, which can’t have helped the situation. It’s been so long since this has happened that I really don’t know what to do. I can’t stand just laying in bed while nothing happens. On the otherhand, I need to be up in 5-1/2 hours. So: do I try and pull an all-nighter? Or do I keep myself occupied reading or watching TV or something until I do fall asleep?

I think I’m going to try the latter for now.

About Jamie Todd Rubin

Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Arlington, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.