Sleep Tight

I havent been sleeping well the past couple of days. It started during a stay in a hotel over the weekend which was intended to help me recharge. I ate a nice meal, enjoyed air conditioning and watched a movie. All-in-all pretty great until a few hours after I went to bed. I was semi-consciously aware that things were crawling or landing on me, which I kept hitting away. Akin to the prank were you tickle someones nose with a hair when they are asleep, theyll scratch without waking up (hilarious, I encourage you to do this immediatly). By this point I am used to beetles or moths running into me in the middle of the night anyhow so I didnt think much of it. Then my mind cleared or woke up a little and I realized I was not in my village and moths and beetles shouldnt be falling on me at a hotel. At this point I managed to grab one of the pests and crushed it between my fingers and found there was too much liquid that came out. When I turned on the light my fingers were stained red with my own blood. Disgusted by my discovery I pulled back the sheets and turned my pillow to find about 20 of what I later found out to be bed bugs. Most were too swollen with blood to make an escape. I collected and then crushed each one and each time there was a tiny burst showing how much was stolen from me.
There was some relief but I was still too alert to sleep so I spent the next hour reading about bed bugs which for some reason managed to be more repulsive to me than ticks or mosquitoes. I think it has to do with the fact that they live were you sleep and attack when your most helpless. Sure mosquitoes can do the same and are certainly worse for mankind but I feel the battle is much more traditional between mosquitoes and humans. We have our army and they have theirs and I think I can say they are winning overall but we are the scrappy underdog that will win in the end. I dont know what bed bugs are playing at. Whats your game bed bug!? Now I have a new enemy that I cant even begin to understand. Apparently they are making a resurgeance in America because of international travel and new drug resistant super breeds. I suggest you start practicing taking micronaps standing in stainless steel cubes.

The rest of the night I would wake up every few hours and catch a few more bugs sluggishly hauling away a feast. Unpleasant indeed but my main fear was that I would accidentally carry some broodlings back with me to my house. It is a total pain for people living in the connected world to try and eradicate an infestation, I wouldnt stand a chance. I would just become the nightly harvest for the rapidly expanding bed bug nest growing in my quarters. So I have been waking up every time a moth or beetle happens to falls on me. I jump out of bed and scrutinize the seems of the bed and the sheets and inside the pillow case. Then I go back to sleep to do it all over again in a few moments.

Otherwise things are pretty neat. The term is wrapping up for which I will have some thoughts later on.
Socks and Underwear: Sleep Tight

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Sleep Tight

I havent been sleeping well the past couple of days. It started during a stay in a hotel over the weekend which was intended to help me recharge. I ate a nice meal, enjoyed air conditioning and watched a movie. All-in-all pretty great until a few hours after I went to bed. I was semi-consciously aware that things were crawling or landing on me, which I kept hitting away. Akin to the prank were you tickle someones nose with a hair when they are asleep, theyll scratch without waking up (hilarious, I encourage you to do this immediatly). By this point I am used to beetles or moths running into me in the middle of the night anyhow so I didnt think much of it. Then my mind cleared or woke up a little and I realized I was not in my village and moths and beetles shouldnt be falling on me at a hotel. At this point I managed to grab one of the pests and crushed it between my fingers and found there was too much liquid that came out. When I turned on the light my fingers were stained red with my own blood. Disgusted by my discovery I pulled back the sheets and turned my pillow to find about 20 of what I later found out to be bed bugs. Most were too swollen with blood to make an escape. I collected and then crushed each one and each time there was a tiny burst showing how much was stolen from me.
There was some relief but I was still too alert to sleep so I spent the next hour reading about bed bugs which for some reason managed to be more repulsive to me than ticks or mosquitoes. I think it has to do with the fact that they live were you sleep and attack when your most helpless. Sure mosquitoes can do the same and are certainly worse for mankind but I feel the battle is much more traditional between mosquitoes and humans. We have our army and they have theirs and I think I can say they are winning overall but we are the scrappy underdog that will win in the end. I dont know what bed bugs are playing at. Whats your game bed bug!? Now I have a new enemy that I cant even begin to understand. Apparently they are making a resurgeance in America because of international travel and new drug resistant super breeds. I suggest you start practicing taking micronaps standing in stainless steel cubes.

The rest of the night I would wake up every few hours and catch a few more bugs sluggishly hauling away a feast. Unpleasant indeed but my main fear was that I would accidentally carry some broodlings back with me to my house. It is a total pain for people living in the connected world to try and eradicate an infestation, I wouldnt stand a chance. I would just become the nightly harvest for the rapidly expanding bed bug nest growing in my quarters. So I have been waking up every time a moth or beetle happens to falls on me. I jump out of bed and scrutinize the seems of the bed and the sheets and inside the pillow case. Then I go back to sleep to do it all over again in a few moments.

Otherwise things are pretty neat. The term is wrapping up for which I will have some thoughts later on.

1 Comments:

Blogger Sarah said...

Due to the difficulty in eliminating the bugs from the room or dwelling, the (suspected) bed is isolated, thus removing the insects' food source - humans. Bedbugs cannot cross petroleum jelly and have difficulty climbing metal or glass, hence each of the bed legs is put in a tin can (the bottom of which is thickly coated with petroleum jelly) to avoid movement from the bed to the hiding places. Although bedbugs cannot fly, they have been observed climbing a higher surface in order to then fall to a lower one, such as climbing a wall in order to fall onto a bed. They can also jump a few feet, and so could jump from the wall onto the nearby bed. Hence alternatively, a double-sided sticky tape (such as carpet tape) is applied around each bed leg, or to keep each leg on a plastic furniture block in a tray of water. However, this does not prevent bugs from biting you on your couch or in other areas of your dwelling.

March 23, 2010 at 2:01 PM  

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