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okay my little thing of melatonin ran out this week, so i went to target to get more. this meant switching from tablets that were 500 mcg (.5 mg) to ones that were 3 mg. hypothetically since the new tablets are 6x what i'm used to i should have been completely knocked out, right?

FALSE. I WAS IN BED FOR 7 HOURS AND GOT ABOUT 5 HOURS OF SLEEP. which wouldn't have been that bad except i kept WAKING UP so really i got 2 hours of sleep and then 3 hours of sleep, which always makes me feel really grumpy and gross. plus i have to do wake-ups* in an hour and then i have to go to a doctor's appointment at 10:30 and then i have class from 12:50-4 and then dinner at 5:30, all-house at 6:30, a guest lecturer to attend at 7, and finally work from 8:30-10. IN SIMPLER TERMS, i have been awake since 4AM and unless i skip one of my classes to take a nap, i will be awake until at least 10:30PM :||||||||||| and i really hate skipping classes, especially since the two i have today are my wgs classes and i really enjoy both of them. and i can't just take something (short of, like, cocaine) to keep myself awake because caffeine doesn't affect me at all until i get to the point where i'm shaking and have headaches.

TL;DR MY LIFE: SO HARD but for real this sucks

*there's this antiquated law in oregon that says if there are so many unrelated women (i think ~10?) living in the same house together and they all have their own bedrooms, the house is considered a brothel. there are 40+ women living in my sorority house right now, so obvs we are in violation of that law, which means instead of everyone having their own bedrooms we have these giant rooms with lots and lots of bunk beds where everyone sleeps (called a sleeping porch). it's actually really great and i love it a lot, but because there are so many people all trying to sleep, you're not allowed to have alarms go off between 6-8AM on weekdays. instead, we have this little tag system where you say what time you want to be woken up and then whoever is on duty for that day will come around and wake you up personally. long story short, every two weeks or so i have to get up at 5:45 and then go around and wake people up for two hours.

Date: 2011-10-12 02:42 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nautisch.livejournal.com
that is the stupidest law I have ever heard.

Date: 2011-10-12 03:11 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misters.livejournal.com
right? it's a holdover from our days as the ~wild west~ but idk why it hasn't been repealed yet. but i don't think we'd ever get rid of the porch anyway, i don't think anyone in the house doesn't love it.

Date: 2011-10-12 06:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] nautisch.livejournal.com
omg your icon.

yeah, there are tons of laws that are just plain ridiculous and nobody bothers to repeal them :| that whole setup sounds incredibly inconvenient but it's great that everyone likes it!

Date: 2011-10-14 04:27 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misters.livejournal.com
ikr i love it :3

it's really not that bad. people always think it sounds weird but it works great for me and my sleep issues. there's no light or (loud) noise or things to distract you from sleeping. except for when i take my phone in and watch buffy on netflix instead of taking a proper nap, haha.

Date: 2011-10-12 02:48 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] goldenmelisande.livejournal.com
THAT WAS ME YESTERDAY except it was because I had a 5:30AM flight home/3:45AM wake up time (WORST IDEA) and also coffee works for me, so probably I was still a little better off. But I hope you make it through the day okay!!!

Also I am DYING at the brothel law, oh my god that is hilarious but it sounds fun! Like sleepaway camp or something, idk.

Date: 2011-10-12 03:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misters.livejournal.com
thanks! i think i might end up skipping my first class because i can have up to three absences without being penalized, but my second one is too interesting to miss. also i'd have to write a 600 word paper on ~what i missed~ sooo

IT IS ACTUALLY SO GREAT, it's always dark and cold and quiet so it's perfect. it sucks a little not having a bed to laze around on but having a 24-hour sleep room definitely makes up for it.

Date: 2011-10-12 05:32 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xhallucinationx.livejournal.com
:( stupid melatonin. Make Bishop give you ambien?

*snopes says that law doesn't actually exist :)

Date: 2011-10-12 05:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misters.livejournal.com
I've only used it once so I think I'll wait on that. And I don't want to go on meds if I can help it :/


Date: 2011-10-12 09:23 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] xhallucinationx.livejournal.com

Not exactly the same topic but close enough.


Date: 2011-10-12 11:44 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] elapses.livejournal.com
I think I read a study that said that 95% of the time, a really small dose (.3 mg) of melatonin is generally more effective than a bigger (3mg) dose. SO MAYBE THAT'S IT?! But I kind of think melatonin in general works better for me than you, so.

YOUR PORCHES SOUND WEIRDLY LOVELY, what a cool way to get around that law. Laws like that are so funny though, we have all these weird compunctions about liquor (nothing with more than 3% alcohol content can be sold in grocery stores! No alcohol can be sold on Sundays!). Not as funny as a brothel law, though.

Date: 2011-10-14 04:29 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] misters.livejournal.com
really? weird. it seemed to work pretty well for me last night (i only woke up once, and it was only about an hour before i wanted to get up anyway) but we'll see if that continues.

i don't understand what all these outdated laws still exist. although apparently the brothel one is fake? idk.


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