Writing Prompt: Insomnia

I often think that there aren’t enough hours in the day. Although I love my sleep, I wonder what I would do if I never needed sleep. What if you were the one person on earth that didn’t need sleep to survive? How would you spend the night-time hours when the rest of the planet is off in dreamland? Imagine what it would be like to be completely alone in the world for 8 hours every night. The world seems a different place in the middle of the night, when it’s quiet and the only light is the light of the street lamps. Have you ever wandered around wide awake at night?

When I was younger, I needed very little sleep. I stayed up writing, drawing, reading. Sometimes I would sneak out of my room into the livingroom and turn the TV on at low volume so that I wouldn’t wake my parents and watch horror films. At university, I rarely started an assignment before the night it was due, so night time was my study time. By then, I seriously needed coffee to stay awake. Vivarin became my friend. I worked through the night with video taped movies running in the background. I must have watched Jaws and the Start Wars trilogy a hundred times. The problem with caffeine is that after a while, the effects wear off and I ended up getting the jitters, unable to concentrate. That’s why not needing sleep at all appeals to me. I like the productivity, but not the exhaustion that follows a coffee crash.

So, if you suddenly found yourself with the full 24 hours in a day, every day, would that be a curse or a blessing? What would you do with the extra time?

Alternatively, write a story about someone alone in the world for most of the day. Assume everyone MUST sleep while this person is awake. How do they deal with the isolation?

I’m off to bed….(getting old)

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