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Shasta MacNasty / October 29, 2006 11:42 PM

About two hours ago.

Andrew / October 30, 2006 1:41 AM

Heh, I hear ya.

Sometime between 1 and 2 these days. Not good.

Brian Mayzure / October 30, 2006 7:01 AM

I like to say it's 11pm. However, it's been closer to 1am lately. Which would explain why I'm always feeling exhausted.

Marilyn / October 30, 2006 7:19 AM

Between 9 and 10.

christian / October 30, 2006 7:34 AM

Between 11pm and 1am, and I tend to wake up in the middle of the night or an hour before I need to be up. Damn you adult swim!

Sean / October 30, 2006 8:22 AM

Usually after the Conan monologue. It also depends whether or not he's got a good guest so between 12 and 12:30am.

Mikey / October 30, 2006 8:32 AM

Between 11:30 and 12:30am...

I should really be going to sleep by 10:30, but I inevitably stay up too late watching television/movies, reading and/or surfing the web...

Anything to stave off going to sleep and having to wake up for another tedious day of work...

Dave! / October 30, 2006 9:00 AM

Between 1am-2am... *sigh*

nafsa / October 30, 2006 9:07 AM

Around midnight. I fall asleep to my Golden Girls DVDs.

emily / October 30, 2006 9:22 AM

on nights with practice, it's midnight. on nights off? 10:30p or 11p. That hour makes all the difference!

Naz / October 30, 2006 9:23 AM

I've slowly weaned myself off sleeping late. I was partly insomniacal -- going to bed around 4am, getting up at 7am, feeling completely fine.

Then it slowed to about 2am, then 1am.

This year I've thankfully managed to go from midnight down to about 10-11pm, for which my body thanks me greatly after years of lack of sleep.

Sleep is the cousin of death no more.

Bill V / October 30, 2006 9:35 AM

11 is my goal, usually winds up being closer to midnight. Reading seems to be the key to falling asleep earlier.

roderick / October 30, 2006 9:38 AM

The fiancee says 10. I say midnight. Yes, we do sleep at 11.

Lisa W. / October 30, 2006 9:41 AM

Sadly, 10:30-11:00. Damn night school/early work hours.

Carlotta / October 30, 2006 9:41 AM

In the past couple of weeks, around 11p. For most of 2006 though it's been 2a-3:30a , as I would go to the 24/7 gym and work out late. I've lost 60 lbs so far this year & ultimately want to lose 40 more.

While I "want" to go back to the late workout schedule, I'm also tired of being tired. I used to scoff at people who thought they could shortchange their sleep, but I've turned into the very person I've despised.

ken / October 30, 2006 9:50 AM

11 pm with sleep coming usually by 1 am followed by insomnia, caused by children and back problems, which keeps me up every 45 minutes to an hour.

jen / October 30, 2006 9:58 AM

about five years ago, i had a job i hated, had a second job i hated more, so i'd drown my sorrows at a 4am bar 3-4 nights a week. thus, getting 5 hours or less of sleep a night was the norm. and i thought my body and mind were just fine.

these days, i'm in bed by 10:30 because i get up at 6:15 to walk the dog and ride my bike 8 miles to work. seriously, getting 8 hours of sleep a night is mandatory these days, and i have no idea how i lived so long with so little sleep.

patrick / October 30, 2006 10:05 AM

Well, my live-in girlfriend is a teacher for CPS, so we're in bed by 10 PM at the latest.

anne / October 30, 2006 10:07 AM

Varies depending on the evening, but probably between 10:30 and midnight, but then I get up (most mornings) at 5:40 to get to the gym before work. (The midnight nights make gym mornings very hard.)

holden / October 30, 2006 10:10 AM

After Jon Stewart and Colbert and a little reading in bed to ease my way into slumber.

Allan / October 30, 2006 10:12 AM

I have what I like to call a soft bedtime which means that I don't have one. I usually fall asleep on my couch while watching tv around 12:30 - 1:00. I am usually fully dressed with my laptop on my chest. Sadly I usually need a drink or two and a few Benadryl to help me doze off and I know this will gross some of you out but I also need to masturbate or I just can't sleep. I think this is true of most guys though many won't admit it or are fortunate enough to have a partner to assist with this part thus avoiding the whole sticky mess. After all this I can only sleep for about an hour or two. I wake up feeling groggy but fully awake. The tv is already on so I flip through the channels watching all the infomercials or Conan O'Brian re-runs which they run late at night. I hop around online, check email, browse random image galleries on Flickr or check out Youtube. I do this for a few hours before I get hungry and make myself something to eat, usually ramen noodles or some kind of Campbells soup. I eat while watching the early morning news shows and typically fall asleep again around 5:00 am or so and sleep until I get up for work around 7 am. I pretty much feel like am sleep walking most of the time. I think I could sleep if I didn't sleep alone.

Amy / October 30, 2006 10:22 AM

Rarely before midnight, usually between 1-3am but sometimes I work at 8am and sometimes 2pm so I either sleep 5 hours or 10 hours. (I want to comment on Allan 's post but I'm just going to bite my tongue.)

Bridget / October 30, 2006 10:42 AM

Hmm on the nights I am being a responsible adult, in bed after the 10:00 news. Some days, after "just one more" which often means 2am.

nocomment / October 30, 2006 11:04 AM

anytime between 8pm and 2pm. i hate schedules.

Mrs. / October 30, 2006 11:52 AM

weeknights typically midnightish. but sometimes i'm out for the count on the couch by 10 pm. or up rearranging something in my house until 3 am. or, watching LOST on dvd until 1.30 am, like last night .... zzzzz.

Mo / October 30, 2006 12:00 PM

I should go to bed around 11pm, but it's usually more like 12:30-1am. I'm in grad school and work full time, so by the time I get home from work, I'm beat and just want to watch tv and eat dinner. So I don't get around to starting homework until a bit later, like 9-10pm, so I'm up too late. It would probably help if I turned off the tv while doing homework, but my will is too weak!

fluffy / October 30, 2006 12:08 PM

I can go to sleep anytime. I love to sleep and now that I'm exercising regularly, I sleep better. Of course, I do have a nice little prescription pill in case I can't sleep due to anxiety, but I try no to take it unless it's absolutely necessary.
I usually go to bed at 10:30pm on weeknights and read a book or sing to my cat til I pass out.

I hate insomnia. And yeah, I don't know anyone who hasn't rubbed one out at least once in their lifetime to help them sleep. C'mon, be honest people.

Andy / October 30, 2006 1:08 PM

Between 10:30 and 11:00pm, about 90 % of the time. I feel great getting my hard eight hours, so I try to make it happen. I exercise after work...then later, I try to turn off the tv at 9pm, take a shower, read, and then zzzzzz. It really works.

Bill / October 30, 2006 1:39 PM

like another poster said, my sleep time is largely conan dependent as well, though i usually head to bed with a magazine after the second bit, post first guest. i have to watch it in case its really funny.

Allan, or anyone else who has trouble getting to sleep: try melatonin. you can buy it over the counter at any walgreens or whatever. you eventually build up a tolerance to it, so, at that point, switch to valerian root. three of either of those will knock you flat out for eight hours. chamomille extract also works, though to a lesser extent

Veronica / October 30, 2006 1:46 PM

I get in bed at 10pm, let myself get sleepy watching the Daily Show, and then I usually make it through Colbert's "Word" before falling asleep. This is a well honed routine -- if it were up to me I'd stay up until 12 or 1am and sleep until 8 or 9 am, but alas I do not make my own work schedule (yet!) -- so if I'm forced to deviate I'm quite cranky, indeed.

Kelly / October 30, 2006 1:48 PM

Between nine and ten. I have pretty much always been an early-to-bed type, though for a time in my twenties I did try to stay up late with my peers. One major benefit of being over 30 is that *everyone I know* is as interested in getting a good night's sleep as I am.

Allan / October 30, 2006 1:48 PM

fluffy: Thanks for fessing up.

Bill: Thanks for the tips I am going to sleep walk over to Walgreens now but I still think I will need my "special" night cap.

Justin / October 30, 2006 2:06 PM

Heh. Allan, it does help to release the, ahem, buildup of anxiety of being alone, though I sleep as well after biking to work. Sharing a bed, when I did, didn't always mean good sleep. And I won't use drugs.

I slept well through high school and college and now enjoy the "soft bedtime" -- anywhere from nine to two.

Emerson Dameron / October 30, 2006 2:49 PM

When I'm tired, or 5-7 hours before I'll need to be awake. I'm a heavy coffee drinker, so I often can't fall asleep (even after an orgasm of some sort). At that point, I pretend I'm an actor playing a sleeping person - it isn't perfect, but it's the best thing I've found.

Alcohol can help if you crash out immediately, but if you wait an hour, it filters through and it's actually harder to sleep. I've resorted to various "drowsy" cold medicines and anti-anxiety pills, and they've never caused me problems unless employed in tandem with John Barleycorn, but I don't like conceding defeat.

mike-ts / October 30, 2006 4:28 PM

I have no set bedtime! No one to tell me when to nod off. Ha-ha! I can also put my feet on the coffee table, lean backwards on the dining room chair, and eat chocolate cupcakes in bed and walk through the kitchen with muddy shoes!

I also have to clean after my adult self, and repair/replace crap, so I don't do any of that.

p.s.: ok, I rest my stocking feet on the coffee table, since it is glass topped and there's no varnish to mess up.

p.p.s.: bedtime = 6-8 hours before waking for a busy day, 6 before a lax day, and whenever before a day off when I don't have 1000 things to do.

Blagg the Axman / October 30, 2006 4:57 PM

When the blood of my enemies is washed from my gnarled hands, when the dust of the battlefield has been shaken from my boots, when the whetstone has keened the blade of my ax and my aching body will carry me no further—that is when I lay down my head, heavy with sorrow and much horror, filled with plaintive prayers for dreamless peace. It comes not often enough.

printdude / October 30, 2006 4:58 PM

12:34 am

fluffy / October 30, 2006 5:11 PM

I go to bed at the same time as Blagg! only my hands aren't gnarled.

Leelah / October 30, 2006 7:55 PM

CPS teachers have early bedtimes... I like to say 10-10.30, but sometimes it's earlier... I'm usually accompanied by my little friend Ambien.

paul / October 30, 2006 8:35 PM

Sunday, around 10:30.

divorcee / October 30, 2006 9:51 PM

if you're deeply depressed and can't relate to other people, having another person around won't make it any easier to sleep.

dave / October 30, 2006 10:04 PM

3am-5am, although I shoot for no later than 3am. Fortunately, I have a fairly flexible schedule and am able to sleep in until 10am most days.

Baldeesh / October 30, 2006 11:17 PM

Sweet! I'm not the only vampire!

amy / October 31, 2006 10:12 AM

I watch tv until 10:30 and then get ready for bed. So I'm usually in bed about 10:45 or 11:00.

donald / October 31, 2006 10:52 AM

Right now, I typically get to bed between 12:30 (rare) and 2:30 (not as rare), which is pretty stupid since I have to get up by 6:45. I'd like to get to sleep by 12 every weeknight, but after a lifetime of staying up late, I just cannot nod off as early as I want. When I'm tired, I fall asleep instantly. When I'm not, I can lay, miserably rolling from side to side, for hours. Fortunately, my current sleep habits are less Pollock-ian than they used to be.

Long ago, I lived in Lakeview and worked in Morton Grove. I had to be at work at 7:15, so I had to be awake by 5:30 if I were adhering to a normal day/night schedule. My actual schedule was stranger. I'd leave work at 3:15, sleep on the bus until I got home or to wherever I was headed afterwork.

Maybe two or three days a week, I'd target a film or head to Tower Records (RIP) to rent videos. Sometimes I rented four at a time, which I would copy to watch later. I'd get home around 6, watch a video, put in a second, and usually fall asleep. When it finished, at some point I'd wake up, switch tapes, start recording and go back to sleep. Two hours later, rinse, repeat. Eventually, I'd wake up for good, usually around 2 or 3am.

If I didn't have anything else to do, I'd hop the Halsted bus to UIC to use the computer labs. Of course, since I was no longer a student there, I didn't have a valid ID to access the science and engineering buildings. Luckily, I knew of one "locked" door that yielded with a hearty tug (Plus my tax money was going to pay for computers at a school I couldn't afford to attend anymore, so fuck it). Once inside, I'd hang out with the rest of the rag tag assembly of late night users until it was time to head to work at 5:30.

The really challenging part though would be when I'd be working to put together parties with some of my friends. I'd go two weeks with the schedule above, except that I'd be awake during the time I normally spent sleeping while dubbing videos since I had to select review, organize it into playlists and then edit together videos to accompany it. As a consequence, I'd be at work, standing in front of a lathe spinning at 1500 rpm on two or three hours of sleep, trying to rehab machine parts. It's amazing I still have ten fingers...

Allan / October 31, 2006 12:48 PM

donald: Rough schedule. When did you find time to masturbate?

veronique / October 31, 2006 2:13 PM

Lately it's been btwn 2-4am. I am getting used to my new job hours at a restaurant and I get home at 11 and 12am sometimes. My body just doesn't wind down till wee morning hours! :)

Loadzone / October 31, 2006 2:27 PM

Although it's getting more difficult, I force myself to stay awake until 12:30 am so if need be, I can stay out late on weeknights.

Amount of stuff I usually accomplish after 11pm = 0.

wordup / October 31, 2006 3:01 PM

It has been so erratic for me. Used to be 10:30 but I'd read until 11:30. Now it's between 12:30 and 2 a.m. I work at home so that's OK; I roll out of bed at 7 and start working.

There were a number of years when I had to wake at 3:30 and take two buses and a train to work. The first bus was across from a halfway house and I would longingly watch the residents waiting in line for breakfast. Even though one dude would point at me and flip me off while I was waiting for the bus, I still would have traded my place for his at that time of morning.

lacey / October 31, 2006 10:01 PM

I am glad I'm in good company--usually I'm closing my eyes between 12-2am. I blame the lateness on my husband who doesn't sleep.

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