If you're like me, when you see a person in a meeting start to redline out into something resembling sleep, you're amazed.
I know, I know. There are sleep disorders that cause people to be unable to stay awake in a meeting or any another work situation that involves someone talking for intermediate to long periods of time.
But my fascination remains. How do people go to sleep in meetings when their boss is talking - or their boss's boss is talking?
In today's world, we point to sleeping disorders as the reason. We used to call it natural selection, and the level to which someone was penalized for falling asleep in a work situation was directly and positively correlated with how much they contributed to the business:
Strong contributor nodding off in meeting: We just make fun of them behind their back.
Weak contributor nodding off in meeting: "Did you see your boy Jim in the REM stage? I'm going to let you take care of that."
Translation: If Jim can't get his s**t together, I don't want to see him in meetings, which means he might not be in the company.
I've been given a natural gift. I don't look groggy in work meetings, even when I haven't slept in 24 hours and I'm in a brain funk that rivals the deep fog of the SF bay area. Of course, that doesn't mean I've heard a damn thing you've said in that meeting, only that I have the ability to not offend those in charge/presenting. I also can't fall asleep on airplanes. Another minus side related to sleep and me - I've got an internal clock that wakes me up at the time I've thought about getting up - even if I don't have to on a weekend, etc.
These thoughts about work sleep brought to you courtesy of the Twitter moment below, which wonders aloud how people in movies fall asleep automatically, which is followed by people talking about sleep patterns on nights before they have to go the airport, etc. Funny stuff, worth 3 minutes to flip through the whole thing.
Work and sleep are a weird combination. Email subscribers click through if you don't see the Twitter moment below.