The Real City That Doesn’t Sleep

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?

4 thoughts on “The Real City That Doesn’t Sleep”

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  2. well, I know I sleep a LOT more here than when I lived in the Bay Area. But then I made sleep a priority and went independent and cut the commute out of my life. If only companies would embrace the work at home mentality, productivity would increase.

  3. Ciao Hethervescent and Michele

    Work at home used to be what everyone was going to do. But like most things else that everyone was going to do, only a few do it. But I greatly admire those who achieve the work at home situation successfully.

    In a special issue of Everybodys magazine (UK) in the late 1950s, the big concern was how would the working class occupy their time and avoid getting into mischief when Automation really fully kicked in and the machines did all the work. Big deals often turn out to be little after all.

    Both during long unemployment, and now in retirement,, sleep is not my problem, nor are alarm clocks. And living alone means getting up when one wakes up in the small hours and blogging, or watching FCN because our cousins in USA are still doing their evening bit.

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