Vegas, a Town for Those with ADD

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The times they are a-changin’.

This post seems to be older than 17 years—a long time on the internet. It might be outdated.

One of the things Jacqueline mentioned about Vegas is that it’s a perfect place for people with ADD. Boy, was she right. There is always something to do. Always. Doesn’t matter what time: day or night, there is always something to do.

And then there’s the lights and the sounds. Walk around a casino and enjoy the people, the plink-plink-plink-doo-woop-wop of the slots, the music, the girls. I went into just about every major hotel-casino and walked around the entire gambling establishment, just looking and listening (no photos, because that’s apparently illegal…although I didn’t find that out the hard way, fortunately).

However, there is an unfortunate side effect to all the excitement: when do I sleep? I never went to bed before 5am the entire time I was here. 5am! The first night I was able to manage 7 hours of sleep, the minimum I need for a full sleep cycle (i.e. no need to catch up sleep the next day).

The next night morning, I went to bed circa 8am (there’s a pretty cool story behind this that I’m saving for later) and got up at 1pm: 5 hours of sleep…functioning for most/all of the day, but a nap or increased sleep the next night is needed. I never did get a nap.

I also didn’t get any extra sleep. My last night I rolled into bed around 5am again and got up 9. Starting to see a trend here? A whole 4 hours of sleep (plus a couple of snooze button hits).

That makes the total for the trip 16 hours of sleep. That averages out to about 22% of my trip sleeping. This may seem like a big number, but it’s not. An average of 5 hours and 16 minutes of sleep a night.