6 March 2003
The whole problem with my Nonviolent Protest
class resolved itself finally after I read all the material, made
a good grade on the test and met one of the members of my group.
At this point, 6 a.m. on March 6, I have been
awake for about 11 hours, and I've only got to make it to about
3:30 p.m. before I can go to sleep. It shouldn't be that bad, but
it will be interesting because this will be the longest this week
that I will have gone without sleep. No big deal though. It’s
easy to stay awake during the daytime.
I have changed my sleep schedule in order
to become nocturnal. I work better at night anyway and after one
good night of not sleeping I figured it would work to my benefit
to sleep during the day instead of the night. It is very interesting
learning to control the part of my body that wants to sleep in the
nighttime and dealing with the extremely high cortisol levels associated
with it. What happens is the body basically enters a state of chemical
depression. I figure though that if I learn how to control depression
now it won’t be as potent a factor later in life.
That information comes from my psychology
class, rapidly becoming my best class this semester. I have learned
some amazing stuff from that class. My main fixation, after the
whole flow concept I wrote my eight-page paper on, is the neurotransmitter
dopamine. It has some amazing properties in that it is associated
not only with schizophrenia, but drug use, attention and proper
sleep, no less.
Spring Break will consist of me house-sitting
my parents’ house while they and my sister are away on vacation.
That actually works to my extreme benefit because I will not only
get gas money and straight payment, but my car will remain on insurance.
I lucked out.