A Letter To Sleep
I am about half way through my first year in graduate school pursuing a doctorate in cancer biology. So far, it’s been great, I’ve made plenty of friends, learned so much so quickly and I love the new research. There is so much to tell you Sleep. Usually we get to talk when I’m in REM, but to be frank, I’ve been beating around the bush a bit….I’m just going to come out and say, I miss you. It’s the real reason for this letter, I want you back.
We meet so infrequently these days, and just to think only 6 months ago in the summer we were together every day. I know grad school has seemingly come between us, but I know we can work things out. I’ve been trying to make time for you, but as you know, grad school is the new number 1 in my life. It’s a tough thing to swallow, especially since you don’t have a throat, being number 2 after dominating so many hours of my days. All things considered, this distance will eventually close. Be strong Sleep, me and you will return to the times we had in undergrad.
I’m trying to be the bigger person here and take all the blame, but you haven’t been exactly considerate to me. Let me explain, yesterday in electrophysiology lecture you decided to approach me, provide a comfortable space in on laptop keyboard, and induce sudden unconsciousness lasting 20 minutes. I know we’ve been apart but these types of interactions cannot continue.
Here is my olive branch, an attempt to come to a happy median in which both of us can rekindle this relationship. I thought about this long and hard, how about we try these things called “naps”. They occur in spurts, usually in the middle of the day for a few hours…even minutes! I just had an exam today, so tonight how about you come over around 9:30pm so we can talk this proposition over. By then mental anxiety and fatigue will have left, I’ve been babysitting these two all week leading up to the exam.
First Year Graduate Student