We all have days when we push ourselves too hard, when there are a million things to do, and no time to do them in. The first thing to suffer is your sleep. AAISHA DADI PATEL explains what happen when exhaustion levels reach maximum.
1. Laugh, a lot
Because when you’re tired, everything is funny.
2. Become highly emotional
Suddenly you’re sending your best friend long mushy essays on Whatsapp thanking them for existing, and silently sobbing because someone ate the éclair that you saw in the fridge earlier. It’s tough.
3. Dream of all the food. ALL of it.
Yes, you ate a full supper a couple of hours ago. Yes, you’re still angry about the éclair. Yes, you are beyond the point of caring.
4. Speak only brutal honesty
“I was lying when I said that your bangs suited you. They actually cut your face in half. They’re unflattering, and I hate them.”
5. Have bursts of misdirected drive and energy
You’re going to finish all of your filing! Re-pack every cupboard! Bake a cake! And do it all TONIGHT!
6. Then remember that you are actually a sloth
Why must you change who you are? Why must you even move?
7. Yawn and constantly mention how tired you are
WHY DOESN’T ANYONE CARE?!
8. Then suddenly remember all the things you still need to do
Cue self-pity – and a dose of denial.
9. Ponder some serious things, very deeply
Capitalism is evil. Why does racism even exist? Who controls the system? What is the system, anyway?
10. Pass out, wherever you are
Eventually, there is redemption – and with it, the realisation that sleep is the sweetest, most underappreciated thing in the world.
The struggle is real.