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January 27, 2012

What happens after the lights go out?


Lately I've been trying to remember as soon as I wake up in the morning what happened after I turned out my reading lamp and before I fell asleep — but I cannot recall a single thing.

I can't believe I fall asleep within a second of the light going out — there must be a period of a few minutes where I put my hand on Gray Cat's warm, soft, furry back and pet her a couple times before nodding off, but I'll be darned if I can recall doing so.

I've concluded there must be some sort of retrograde amnesia happening, kind of like after you've received midazolam (Versed) for sedation: you know it was given I.V., but you can't even remember the I.V. being put in.

I'm not satisfied with this explanation, though: I want evidence.

So I'm going to see if I can locate an affordable infrared video camera, then point it at Gray Cat and me lying in bed, and finally find out what happens after the lights go out.

Watch for the world premiere in this space, coming soon.

January 27, 2012 at 02:01 PM | Permalink


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Something like this?

excerpt here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pkQMJBlO0v8

Why would you want to watch yourself losing consciousness? Oh... it's like anesthesiology. But not under someone's control.

Posted by: Diana | Jan 28, 2012 10:09:10 AM


Posted by: Fred | Jan 28, 2012 2:38:33 AM

If you happen to have an android phone/tablet this app will will monitor your movement and graph it for you as you sleep. Could give you some insight.


Posted by: Echodawg | Jan 28, 2012 12:37:15 AM

Let's go retro, get a black light and some florescent paint.

On second thought, let's not.

Posted by: JoePeach | Jan 27, 2012 6:52:35 PM

I'm guessing you (and GC) drift into the bookofjoe control center and somnambulate on the treadmill while watching a phantom tennis match. Snacks could be involved. Since we'll all be watching, please to wear a longish sleeping costume.

Posted by: Flautist | Jan 27, 2012 4:34:09 PM

You mean after all this time, BookOfJoeTV is just going to be a live stream of you sleeping???

Eh, I'll take it. Better than what's on now.

Posted by: Tara | Jan 27, 2012 4:01:48 PM

When I was in middle school, I would try to remember the exact steps, rolling over, turning over the pillow and the posistion I was in when I finally fell asleep. I try that routine now when I get in be to see if it helps me get to sleep. Sort of a physical warm milk.

Posted by: matt | Jan 27, 2012 2:58:54 PM

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