A friend of mine from Kolkata had been ill for a while and was discharged from hospital a few days ago. I had spoken to him immediately after his discharge and earlier this afternoon, I rang him up again to enquire about his recovery and progress.

He answered the call with a ‘good morning” despite it being 4.30 pm and I responded with my usual Hari Om.

We spoke about his recovery and disconnected after a few moments of other usual chats.

Half an hour later he called me back to explain that he was fast asleep when I had called, it was cloudy and dark and he thought that it was early morning. After the call, he got up washed up and discovered that it was afternoon and he called to explain his “good morning” greeting!

I had a good laugh, wished him many more such deep sleeping binges and also promised to start my future conversations with him with an announcement of the time of day of my call.

I wish that I can sleep like that! Can you?

10 thoughts on “Explanation.”

  1. I always say “I could sleep on a clothesline” and it’s true, Ramana. I can sleep anywhere anytime, though I usually don’t. The extremely odd sleepless night causes me great distress as I think I am dying.

    I’ve slept in the midst of bustle in airport lounges, on madly heaving wild Atlantic ferries, on wooden benched crazy trains winding through Europe, etc. It’s a rare gift. I was an excellent content baby, according to my mother and rarely cried. Maybe that’s the clue.

    A 10 minute nap feels like a full night’s sleep to me.


    1. During my working days, I used to be able to sleep like that too but over the years in retirement, my habits have become regular and so I cannot sleep except at the same times every day. A mid morning short nap, a siesta of about an hour and seven hours of sound sleep every night. I get up fully refreshed after each session.

  2. If I lay down, I fall asleep.

    I have sleep apnea and snore, but that doesn’t keep me from sleeping, though before I got my CPAP machine, it disturbed Karen’s sleep and she already needed a sleep aid medication because of her chronic muscle aches and pains.

    I am sometimes tired during the day because of not enough sleep, but it’s generally because I get up in the middle of the night to use the restroom and then sit down at the computer and stay there for too long before going back to bed.
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    1. The same thing happens to me but, I do read in bed in the nights before I fall asleep though after I turn off the reading lamp. I have my mid morning nap on a recliner and am quite comfortable on that too. I do not have any sleep problems.

  3. I have no problem getting to sleep and sleep pretty well, but I often wake up at 4 or 5 am and need to have a cup of tea and read for a while before I drop off again. Like www, Jenny can sleep just about anywhere and sleeps in till about 9 am. I envy that ability!

    1. Apparently people who have studied sleep patterns state that until the industrial revolution, sleep wasn’t an uninterrupted thing. You slept around dusk for 4-5 hours, woke up, drank tea, read, prayed etc etc and slept again for a few more hours until dawn. In fact that is the healthier pattern to have

  4. I don’t sleep like that but can imagine if he’s just home from the hospital his body wants lots of rest. Can appreciate he’d have time mixed up. Glad you two have a system to keep it straight in the future.

  5. When I had a week in hospital, I slept very little – rattling, squeaking, whispering, other people snoring, and one woman who talked in her sleep, along with many other noises including 2 hourly obs AND WHEN I GOT HOME – slept a lot…and I got better…and my bed. Of course, I was mended medically but I had to recover and this will be happening to your friend…

    I don’t think many people who stay a week really start to get better until they are HOME.

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