Granted, I stayed up late to watch the premier of The Sopranos and Entourage, even though I had to be up at 4:20 AM and even though I was TiVoing the shows. I am a supplicant to instant gratification, what can I say. But something went terribly wrong in my efforts to actually fall asleep last night. The fact is, I didn’t sleep last night. At 3:30 AM, with less than an hour to go before my alarm went off, I got up in frustration, took a Tylenol PM, and then sent an email message to work indicating that I’d be staying home today in order to catch up on sleep.

Even the Tylenol PM didn’t work right away, and it was sometime after 5 AM that I finally got to sleep. I was up at about 10 AM and, while I feel a bit groggy, at least I managed to get a few hours of sleep.

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.