The Breakdown: Sleeping habits |

The Breakdown: Sleeping habits

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For the vast majority of my life, I’ve been someone who requires as much sleep as possible. Eight, 10, 12 hours of sleep were frequent in my daily routine.

So, you can imagine the life-altering experience of having a newborn baby in my house. (My son is two-weeks old today.) And with his arrival, I knew my sleep habits would be twisted and tormented to the point I’d feel the way Al Davis looks – disturbed, disheveled, confused and seemingly holding the ability to keel over dead at any moment.

That has pretty much come to fruition, but I’m not too torn-up about it. I’m slowly adjusting and learning to feel comfortable in my zombie-like state.

And one thing that helps give me a sense of normalcy after a four-hour nap of a night’s sleep is watching some early morning Sportscenter.

OK, so it’s not that exciting, but for someone who was pretty concerned that boxscores and highlights would be replaced in his life by pacifiers and Pampers, this was a relief.

And my son can sit through hours of it. Granted, he’s sleeping the majority of the time or eating, in which case means my wife is holding him, but really, unless ESPN shows highlights of the Cubs’ continually spiraling downward into the oblivion of baseball normally reserved for the Pittsburgh Pirates and Mark Prior, he’s pretty happy about the whole thing. When there is a Cubs’ lowlight, though, such as the (yet-again) meltdown of faux ace Carlos Zambrano over the weekend, he cries, screams and has to be consoled. Wait, that’s me.

Anyway, I guess my point to all of this is that I need a nap. No, that’s not it. Sorry, my point is that during these early hours of repeated stories and talking heads, one thing has come abundantly clear: Apart from highlights from the night before, pretty much everything on the show is nonsense.

Well, that is to say, it’s all nonsense to people that don’t enjoy talking about every little aspect of every little sport over and over to the point that every single angle has been covered three times over – and then watching that on an hour loop for four straight hours.

Fortunately, I fall into that category of people.

I can watch people talk about any sport, any scenario and not get bored of it.

For instance, on Tuesday morning (and Monday morning, as well), I saw four different people discuss where they think LeBron James may sign this offseason. Four people, and not one of them had so much as exchanged a text message with the guy; it’s all entirely speculative. In other words, they’re completely guessing.

That should be about as compelling as hearing an anchor on the morning news predict the night’s winning lottery numbers. It’s not, though. The impending free agency period could wind up shaping the league for the next 10 years – or longer.

So, I watch.

I also watch intently as some former foot(hits)ball player I don’t recognize tells me why one team I don’t care about will beat another team I care about even less in the World Cup. Or why some Slovakian women’s tennis player I’ve never heard of is in deep trouble as she faces some Romanian women’s tennis player I’ve never heard of in the second round at Wimbledon.

You see, even as my sleeping habits – and life in general – has changed drastically, sports is always a calming factor, it’s something that makes my life feel normal.

No matter what happens to me, the world of sports trudges on. As I finish off nearly sleepless nights, the World Cup slowly works to an end, Wimbledon marches on even slower and – to my utter disappointment – the Cubs still find ways to push me to the brink of insanity.

Or at least, make me realize I need a nap.

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