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September 25th, 2003

Hey, this isn’t my bed!

This morning I was startled awake by a sound outside and when I opened my eyes, I had no clue where I was. I certainly wasn’t in my bed. Turns out, I was on the downstairs couch. Apparently, in between turning off The Daily Show and getting off the couch, I fell asleep. I have no idea how it happened, but I must have been pretty darn tired.

It’s a pretty rare thing that I fall asleep for a long period of time without making it to bed first, but it does happen. And usually on our downstairs couch, which is quite comfortable once you get horizontal. Is this a common thing? Do people with actual jobs in the morning and spouses upstairs often fall asleep before they can haul themselves to bed?

Oh, the one downside of falling asleep downstairs: no Chillow.

Posted in Everyday Life

FROM: Chris [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday September 25, 2003 -- 11:15:23 am
Never happens to me. This one time at band camp, err college, I did wake up on a couch of a dorm I did not live in. Still don't know how I got there...

FROM: jk
DATE: Thursday September 25, 2003 -- 12:25:55 pm
It's never happened to me....although I know it does happen to the brightest of people as my friend Darlene can fall asleep ANYWHERE! One time we were at a club seeing a band, and she fell asleep at the table where we were sitting, despite the incredible noise. In college she would fall asleep studying on her bed, so I would go in, take her key and lock her door and then slide it back under the door so no one would harm her during the night. (There are frequent attacks in the dorms at Penn State. Really.)

I can't even sleep on a plane, no matter how long the flight is.

FROM: Dave Walls [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday September 25, 2003 -- 11:52:47 pm
I have an unusual knack for falling asleep at places I probably shouldn't fall asleep at.

I know everyone has, at least, fallen asleep for a moment in a long high school or college class. During finals of my final year at college, I fell asleep during one of my last lectures. Being near the back of a crowded lecture hall, no one around me bothered to wake me up, so the lecture ended at 11a, and I stayed at the desk, sleeping until 4pm. That was the worst feeling, waking up in a dark lecture hall, with everyone gone.

Other notable napping spots include: Flyers/Penguins NHL Playoff game (In 2000, when they went into 5-something overtimes..yeah, I stayed.), my radio station (there isn't a DJ alive who hasn't taken a nap during a shift at one point or another in their career), and perhaps the scariest, on I-95 WHILE DRIVING.

Ok, about the one on I-95. It was the end of that finals week, and I was a wreck. Lots of cramming, made it ok, and it was time to move out and drive the 6 hours home to Delaware. I hadn't slept in 3 days, but I had done the trip so much, that I thought I could make it. So I started the drive. Got through the first 3 hours ok, with the occasional stop to get caffeine (which I think I'm immune to now..), and once I got through Washington DC, I thought I was home. But as I was going through Baltimore, my head felt really heavy, I looked at the trip odmeter to try and figure out how much longer. Next thing I realize, my head pops up from the steering wheel, and I am still driving down I-95 towards the Baltimore tunnels. Another look at the trip odometer confirms that I drove a half mile sound asleep. That will scare the living you-know-what out of you.

Ryan -- To cure your problem of napping downstairs, may I recommend my solution? Get more Chillows. I love em. :)

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Friday September 26, 2003 -- 1:08:06 am
Dave -- That's unreal you slept in the desk until 4pm... that's a long time to sleep in such an uncomfortable place without waking up.

As for the I-95 story, all I have to say is "yikes." An occasional Ping reader/college friend has a similar story... don't know if he'll chime in here or not...

FROM: Talley [E-Mail]
DATE: Friday September 26, 2003 -- 8:48:29 am
used to happen all the time...

less now...

DATE: Monday September 29, 2003 -- 10:31:48 am
Some people they go for long sleep even not in bed, but some they do not sleep at all even in thier bed.

As It's never happened to me, and I can't sleep more than four hours, I do need to sleep a lot but I still weak up even I stay in bed it's not that comfi, and you know how it affects my daily life, study and work. I always have a luck of sleep and I can't do it.
Have you got any idea or help please. Let me tell you that I haven't got any kind of big problems which can make me stay awaken, I'm fine just my brain doesn't stop thinking...
any advice please.

FROM: Ace High
DATE: Wednesday October 1, 2003 -- 2:01:12 pm
That had happened to me.

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