As a dot-com/late 90s culture kid, I don’t believe in sleep. I think it’s a waste of perfectly good time that I could be putting to better use. I could be going out on weekday nights, working on projects, even reading my way through the stack of library books that somehow followed me home. And I usually am – which is why I don’t sleep nearly enough, according to today’s L.A. Times article on required rest
These days, there’s a few major factors that cut my sleep to six hours or less a night. There’s the plethora of Things to Do On Weeknights, whether it’s a band to check out or a club to hit. I skip sleep when I have to get up earlier than usual to commute into Beverly Hills from Pasadena – and if I’m not on that 134 by 7:05, the traffic will be terrible by the time I cut through Hollywood. And then there’s just work, because living in L.A. is expensive, and I’ve taken on freelance work at times to make it a bit more bearable, on top of my not exactly undemanding day job. I find myself up late – or up early – to work those extra hours.
But I didn’t realize how much of this was connected just to Life In Los Angeles until I read that article. Then I realized that the most common factors to my sleep loss issues are all just a bit more common in L.A. They’re certainly not unique, but the Times cites a doctor as saying that long commute and work hours are the worst combination for chronic sleep loss. Los Angeles encourages both.
For now, I’m already behind on sleep because my Alaska Airlines flight from Vancouver was delayed last night. Which is why I intend to go catch up on it now, while this post is still coherent. But the question I’d like to pose to the comments forum is: do you think Los Angeles is more conducive to sleep loss than other cities? Could L.A. be the city that just never sleeps enough?