I think yesterday was one of the longest days of my life as I was up for a total of 20 hours, with much of those hours in meetings. When your body is accustomed to going to sleep at 2am, it’s pretty much near damn impossible to make yourself sleep at 10:30 so you can wake up early to catch the 5:30am train. And even worse was the fact that as soon as we boarded the train at 5:30am, we launched right away into meetings, which continued when we got to DC (we also sat in on the Supreme Court for this case), and then continued still when we caught the train back at 6:10pm 9 hours later. We didn’t stop meeting until the last hour of the train ride and finally celebrated the day with a round of beers.
Shifting your whole sleep schedule is sort of like experiencing jetlag. Even though I got the same amount of sleep as usual, I felt completely tired until about 6:45am and then suddenly like a switch, I was “fine”. The rest of the day went on with peaks and valleys of being alert and groggy, but strangely, on the train ride back, I had more energy. In any case, it is good to be home.