The Sleep Elite

My whole life I laid awake at night having anxiety over a lack of sleep. I would look at the clock at midnight and think, "I can still get six hours". Then again at 1 and so on. Everyone kept telling me I had a problem. I was given pills, sent to therapy, doctors... When I finally moved out of my parents house I discovered that I could just stay up and do whatever. I started to push the limits of my body. I found out for myself just how may hours I needed a night. I am self employed, so I found I had an immediate edge. I could work days on end with only a few hours rest. Everyone around me still kept at me for my behavior. But I've always been an outsider. But I used this to build my business, I would work for 8 hours and then I would do design work into the night.  I could be up with my kids if they awoke in the middle of the night.  I could take calls and do business overseas.  This thing that had haunted my youth and young adulthood was now my edge over everyone.  At parties I was last man standing and first out of bed.  I could drink til 3 am and wake up at 6 ready to get started. But I still wondered what was wrong with me...

Then not too long ago, a gentleman I was doing a project for brought me an article from the wall street journal titled "The Sleep Elite". Turns out that a large quantity of us just don't need more than 3-4 hours. It's genetic, there's nothing wrong with me. It's a bit of a superpower. I just don't need 6-8 hours, and now the med/sci community has aknowledeged it. I started asking my clients.  Most of them only sleep 4 hours a night as well.  My friends, if you are one of the sleep elite, do not squander this gift.  Create a new world and future for yourself.  

I no longer say I have insomnia, now when people say they need to get some sleep I merely say, "mortals" and smile...
TheCauseMan TheCauseMan
36-40, M
1 Response Sep 16, 2012

m just 24
and I am facing this sleeping problem since childhood
previously i was worried about this
but now a days i am using this time as Extra time for work