You know that whole philosophy of ‘you can sleep when you’re dead’ that does on the rounds online when people are trying to inspire you to get the most out of your day? Yeah, well if I don’t sleep, you will wish you were dead because my Gemini psycho twin sister will visit; you’ll need to stay quiet and at least 10 ft away from me at all times. I’m not a girl that copes well with life if I’ve had less than 6 hours sleep.
Sure, I’m young enough to do it and if absolutely necessary I’ll do it for a flight layover but partying into the early morning and then getting up for work the next day? No. NO. FREAKING. WAY.
Believe it or not, scientists have never come up with a proven theory of why we actually need sleep, we just know that our bodies do or we’re unable to function throughout the day. We’ve all proven the theory. You’ve spent all night on the dance floor or a middle of the night/morning stuck in an airport and we’re unable to think nevermind talk.
I once had a layover in Bangkok Airport; I had arrived at 3am and my flight out wasn’t due until 7am. I got talking to a family from America and when they asked me where I was flying to, it took me 30 seconds to even remember when I was, nevermind where I was flying to!
And let’s be clear; my love of sleep has nothing to do with the ‘beauty’ aspect; I have good use of concealer for my under-eye bags; I just can’t function well without it. Even after a full 8 hours sleep, I’d recommend not aiming for a full conversation with me, using intellect, until approximately 90 minutes have passed since I physically got out of bed. It’s nothing to do about needing a ‘morning coffee’; my brain just takes a little while longer to wake up than my body. Ed Rex recently interviewed me and asked what my party trick is to show other backpackers in the hostel – my answer? Switching off the lights in the dorm room. I think my absolute favourite hostel would be one that has a ‘quiet dorm’ where lights and noise stop after 11pm; maybe I should start my own hostel one day? 😉
Some people survive on a routine of less hours of sleep each night and that works for them which is great but just don’t expect it to work for me. If we’re sharing a dorm and you snore, therefore preventing my idyllic sleep, I will physically pull you out of the top bunk. You think I’m kidding? All I’ll say is: Cape Town dorm. Tiny Korean woman. She thinks she fell out of bed 😉 Mwahaha.
Sleep, for me, really is my relaxation time and if you deprive me of it, I hate everything about the next day. Unless, my day consists of falling out of bed, brushing my teeth and spending all day on a beach on Koh Tao then that’s a very different story. All I know is that I’m a backpacker that loves her sleep and I’m not afraid to say it. I will leave a party early if I’m tired. I will kick you out of my house if it’s ‘bed time’ and if I have a back to back weekend full of fun stuff, I need days to sleep it off.
Maybe I need my sleep more because I’m an introvert and therefore after using all my energy to be super sociable for a few hours, I need a bit more time to recover, I don’t know; what I do know is that at the end of the day, I really do look forward to sleeping. I LOVE my bed and I enjoy a good night’s sleep because it relaxes me enough so that I can enjoy the next day completely. Apparently, however, this makes me a lousy backpacker. Because I’m not out until 4am and then up again by 8am because ‘sleep is for whimps’, I’m supposedly a boring person who doesn’t get the most of out life. Yeah, why don’t you come back to me when you get the flu for 10 days because your body can’t handle it and I’m busy enjoying each and every day of my travels?
I’m a lousy backpacker because I like my sleep: who’s with me?!