business class vs first class

Luxury is 10 or 11 Hours of Sleep a Night


Not everybody enjoys the benefits of a good night’s sleep.

This Sacramento Realtor is a firm believer in obtaining a good night’s sleep; it’s the key to being so completely productive during the day, on top of my files and in a cheery mood to help my clients. To obtain this preferred state of Nirvana, I have invested in all sorts of sleeping aids, from a new Select Comfort bed with memory foam top to a dual-controlled electric blanket and fluffy down pillows. Retiring early at 9 PM is a huge help, too, because it means I might even wake up by myself, without an alarm, around 7 AM to plop myself bright-eyed and bushy tailed in front of my computer.

The sales people at the bed store took great delight in explaining how certain beds can solve snoring problems. My husband claims he has heard me snore. Well, the only way to stop me from snoring is to eject me out of the bed. Is there a button for that? Like the ejector button in the Batmobile. No, the bed adjusts slightly by raising the offending person’s side of the bed, thereby clearing the airways, supposedly, so the snorer stops snoring.

I should have been working on my business yesterday instead of frantically searching the internet for a silent alarm clock. Yeah, that sounds like an oxymoron, but it beats a cattle prod, you know those things that send an electronic shock, which I must say has actually crossed my mind. The reason I need this thing is because my husband now uses his iPhone to wake up, and he gets up before me. Except he uses the snooze button over and over. This was never an issue when I was up at 5 AM and at my computer working, he could wake, snooze, wake, snooze to his heart’s delight.

But I haven’t had to get up at oh-dark-thirty since my listing inventory is no longer 75 listings at a time, due to the drop in overall listing inventory in Sacramento and how much the short sale business has dramatically decreased.

Now I handle a normal listing load more like 15 to 25 at a time during the year. That’s a lot more doable, and I don’t have to be at work at 5 AM anymore. I’ve discovered what a luxury it is to sleep in longer. You would think the cats would wake my husband since it’s feeding time, but they don’t make that much of a fuss and I apparently can sleep through any amount of cat puking. The cats just listen to my husband hit the snooze button over and over. But I’m no picnic either. I steal all of the blankets, often sleep sideways across the bed and throw pillows at the cats.

A more suitable solution, though, would be a silent alarm clock. I found a site where a prototype was in development, like a bluetooth rubber ring to wear on your finger. It vibrates when it’s time to get up. Except it’s not for sale yet. They should crowdsource it. I was thinking about this as I searched for flights to Spain for this fall. A good night’s sleep is so important that I don’t want to sleep in a cabin with 80 other business class passengers on an a380, making noises adjusting the angle-flat seats, which his not the same thing as completely flat. Looking at the prices, I just note that it’s a good thing one of us in our marriage sells real estate.

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