I’m having trouble sleeping.
During my last year or two in Ithaca I had my first real bout of insomnia. Not a ‘days without sleep’ insomnia…not even a ‘I can’t get to sleep,’ insomnia. It was more of a go to bed at 10 pm, “wake up at 2 am and not be able to get back to sleep” insomnia.
It didn’t happen every night…but it happened several times per week. I felt like a zombie for months at a time (well, I guess I’m assuming I know what zombies feel like…I don’t actually. And I wasn’t craving brains or anything, so I probably didn’t feel like a zombie…that was hyperbole…I apologize.)
Since moving to Ireland I haven’t had that problem. Here generally the problem with sleep here has to do with the sun. In June and July it rises before 5 and wakes you up. In the winter it doesn’t rise until around 9 and well, doesn’t wake you up.
While I never figured out why I was sleeping so poorly in Ithaca, I do know why I’m sleeping badly now. Baseball.
Last year the Red Sox were horrible, so when October came, living in a country without baseball was easy. This year ended up being one of the more exciting seasons the Red Sox have had perhaps ever, so I decided to sign up for the playoff package.
While I thought the price ($25) for all playoff games was great…what hasn’t been great is the time of the games. Keep in mind Dublin is 5 hours ahead of the Boston. Also keep in mind that the Red Sox are known for playing long games. (4 hours would be about normal)
For example, game 3 against the Tampa Bay Rays in the first round started around 11 pm our time & ended after 3am. It was a great game (even though the good guys lost), but while laying in bed at 3:30 I realised this wasn’t going to work long-term.
Now a game that starts at 8:07 pm EST starts just after 1:00 am here. So I’ve been waking up between 2:30 or 3:30 am. That gets me up in the 5th inning usually. (Since the Sox haven’t often had a hit let alone a run before the 7th inning, I haven’t missed too much of the action so far.)
So at this point I’m getting 2-3 hours before I start watching, and then 2-3 hours more after they are done. Definitely not a long-term strategy.
But it’s baseball.