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As Early As 7 and 8 Years Old I Stayed Up Later Than Everyone And Could Not Wake Up

by Butch
(Huntsville, Al.)

Getting up for school had been a nightmare for me as early as first grade. I have tried

everything from drugs to sleep deprivation. I survived jobs by being an Elt. Eng and working
mostly my own hours and producing work noon or later. Early school I survived by being bright
and able to learn in a much shorter time than most and therefore needed much less class
time. (At least in math and science.) Nowadays my parents would have been put in jail.

Currently my wife hates this about me. I try to go to sleep with her but just toss and turn keeping her awake and just give up so she can sleep. There is one odd thing I have noticed. Many times while trying to sleep a little early I will get a strong craving for food as I finally start to doze.

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