When Did ‘Sleep’ Become A Unit Of Time?

James Proclaims (4)

A senior colleague announced today that it’s thirty more sleeps till Christmas.

Maybe for you grandpa, I thought to myself before remembering that I too am now a grownup and and can no longer be found in trendy nightclubs, drinking and dancing till dawn.

Actually was there ever a time when I did that?

Probably not, but the passing of the years has created a foggy recall of the past and I now insist that I enjoyed a misspent youth even if it is mostly fiction.

But I digress.

I’m not entirely sure that I agree with the assertion that it’s thirty more sleeps till Christmas. It’s well documented that I enjoy an afternoon nap, which means there are definite days in which I enjoy multiple ‘sleeps’.

So if only thirty more are required then I might be enjoying my turkey dinner as early as the tenth of December.

I jest of course. Mrs Proclaims is vegetarian (the fake kind of vegetarian that eats fish) and I’m not going to cook a whole turkey for myself.

We’ll probably have salmon.

But I’m definitely counting the sleeps and if I hit thirty before the twenty-fifth of December then I’m downing tools (proverbial tools of course – I’m a teacher and don’t require tools as such, although I will put down the board pen) and celebrating.

And if anybody objects I will simply show them my painstakingly recorded nap-data

It’s a fool proof plan.

  5 comments for “When Did ‘Sleep’ Become A Unit Of Time?

  1. weebluebirdie
    November 26, 2015 at 11:14 am

    I used to know a vegetarian who ate fish because he said they were too stupid to live….

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    • November 26, 2015 at 7:58 pm

      Which is quite an aggressive position for a vegetarian to take, all things considered. But fish are pretty stupid.

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  2. November 26, 2015 at 12:31 pm

    I think you are confusing the words ‘nap’ and ‘sleep’, in my head they are two different things. You don’t go to bed at night and have a ‘nap’ and you don’t have an afternoon ‘sleep’. So I think you can continue to sleep at night, have your afternoon nap, and arrive at Christmas on the 25th of December 🙂 Don’t worry x

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  3. November 26, 2015 at 1:03 pm

    Not sure about trendy night clubs but I have in the past ben drinking and dancing until the early hours and perhaps once or twice until dawn. I lost one New Years Day due to a party and yes it was pretty good.

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  4. November 26, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    I agree. Counting sleeps as a record of time does seem a bit audacious. And poor Rip Van Winkle could never live long enough for even the briefest of naps consumed on a regular basis. Oh, well. Sleep well, my friend, whenever the head hits the pillows.

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