On sleep, and lack of it

I got 5 hours of sleep last night.

In college, this wouldn’t be noteworthy at all – 5 hours was fairly
reasonable for those days, and that was OK.  Of course, that meant
it took an effort to keep me awake, especially during classes, whereas
nowadays I can stay awake even in boring meetings.

I don’t mind being low on sleep if I’ve done something to enjoy myself
instead – programming, video games, etc.  But last night pretty
much sucked.

I’ve had bad allergies off and on for the last few weeks, roughly
correlating to the times when I went back home to Houston.  I
should probably go to the doctor to see what the deal is – I’ve had
allergies before, but not this bad.

Anyway, so I lie down last night, and my nose is stuffed up (big
surprise there).  I had just taken a nose spray to clear it up,
but that made stuff start to drain in my throat, which means I was
mostly coughing or trying to not cough, neither of which is conducive
to sleeping.  So after a bit of this, I got up, drunk some water,
and played on my computer some (sitting up always tends to help).

After a while, I went back to bed.  Unfortunately, I had drunk so
much water that I had to pee.  By this point I was actually pretty
tired (another difference from college – never had trouble getting to
sleep in college, because once I lay down, I was exhausted!), but I
couldn’t quite get to sleep, and I really didn’t feel like getting up
again.  Eventually, though, I gave up and got
up to pee, and drunk some more water (but not so much this time!) to
help my throat.  Then I got back in bed, propped up my pillows
against the wall (to make my head more vertical), and eventually got to
sleep, somewhere around 2:30.

So I’m tired today, for no good reason.  Ick.