Waking up in the middle of the night to utilities laying power in your room may not seem like a nightmare to you, but to someone like me who has been spending most of her days working in a dark backstage, it’s a horrible dream. Lately, I have been waking up at 2am or 3, jolting out of bed thinking that I am in the middle of a keynote and I am needed to set up the stage, help a demoer or that something is going wrong. It really puts a damper on the good night’s sleep.
I’ve come up with a new strategy that I am going to try out tonight. Since backstage is always dark, and since my hotel room is dark at night, I am going to try leaving a light on when I head to bed. I can’t change the lighting backstage, but I can in my room. Perhaps then, when I wake up, I will see the light and know that I am not, in fact, at a keynote, but rather, in a hotel room.
Then, hopefully, I will get some decent REM.