Result #43: I can't believe I went an entire year without sleeping past noon thirty.

#43 I resolve to wake up before noon.

Date: 2-12-2014

Due Date: 2-12-2015

Resolution: Make that noon thirty.

On Monday I ended up staying wake until around 7:00 in the am because I was hell bent on finishing my novel. Though I finished at around 4:30 in the am, I had too much going on in my head to sleep. I still managed to wake up at around 1:00 in the pm.

Now I am in a horrible sleep pattern. This morning I went to bed around 7:30 in the am and just woke up an hour ago at 3:00 in the pm. I wouldn't have a problem with this if I stayed productive up until I fell asleep, but I like to wind day my day at around 3:00 in the am.

So there was a good four hours that I just laid there thinking. I woke up at noon and could have forced myself to stay awake to break this cycle but I was feeling a little down so I decided to ride this sleep thing out.

The feeling down isn't really a bad thing. As I said in something I wrote yesterday, I suffer from a bit of separation anxiety whenever I finish up a big writing project. This can turn into full blown depression if I let it, leading me to sleep 12 to 16 hours a day until I get out of it.

Now that I've got this 365 Days of Resolution experiment I'm finding that I don't like to get this late of a start. There are certain resolution that if I don't get them done early I'm more inclined to put them off until I can get an earlier start. I also fear that people may be thinking, “Oh, this is the day he gave up.”

For the next year I resolve to wake up before noon thirty (unless I land a gig where I get paid to work overnights and there's no getting around going to bed while the sun is up.)

Wish me luck. I do fall into moods where I really love sleep.

Note: I will give myself five Mulligans to avoid failing the first time I accidentally over sleep and then giving up on this resolution. If a Mulligan is used this becomes a Success* rather than a Success!!!

Update #1: The Conclusion.

Date: 2-16-2015

I'm surprised that I was successful with this resolution. At the time I set it I was either freelancing or unemployed depending on how you looked at my situation. I would stay up until about six in the AM to then wake up at three in the PM.

I loved this sleep schedule but there were also times where I was feeling depressed and would go to bed at two in the AM to still wake at three in the PM. This resolution was meant more to be a guard for oversleeping and not really about what time I wake up.

I think I was expecting to fail this one before failing the smoking resolution to the point where I wrote in that I have five mulligans in the original resolution.

I proud to announce that I didn't even have to use one mulligan!!! Even on my days off I managed to at least wake up early, do some work, wait until mid-afternoon and take a nap.

As I type this, all I can think is, "This is some accomplishment to be proud of?" I'm celebrating that I wake up before noon?!?

Matt Bunker

I started out with a goal of becoming a paid screenwriter. I had no interest in any other aspect of filmmaking. I received and scholarship to The Vancouver Film School's Writing for Film and Television program where I graduated in 2005. I fell in love with being on set during my first non-school produced short, . I loved being around all the creative people, seeing people having fun while working. The whole liking your job was a new world to me, so I decided to give it a shot. I volunteered for any project I could, doing what ever was needed. The set was my Film School this time. While working as a PA on a feature I was informed that the DP wanted the three tallest PAs to help out in the grip and electric department. That is when I found the department that felt like the best fit for me while I continued to write.