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Coffee, Mornings, sleep

"Get out of the bed will you?"

by Ishita Doval

New delhi — She screamed from down the hallway. Her voice shattering the calm of my sleep. “Mum, its Saturday….” I droned ritualistically. “That is not a valid reason for sleeping till noon!” I dragged myself to the breakfast table. Eggs and bread stared at me as I fought my tendency to sleep on the table. That’s when I saw it. Sitting silently on one corner of the table. Acquainted by its one true love....


I wasn't much for sleep.

by Mike Ng

San francisco — I wasn’t much for sleep. In fact I write this morsel close to 2am in the morning. When I was just 6, I would lay in bed— and if I had another set of legs— I’d be running in circles like a dog. I wan...

Bedroom, sleep

I was woken by a thunderstorm. A clap outside my window scared me and I jolted, unsure of where—who—I was.

by Stephanie Marie

Greenville — I was woken by a thunderstorm. A loud clap outside my bedroom window scared me awake and I gazed about in a daze, unsure of where—or who—I was. It took me a few long moments to remember: I was sleepin...

daily life, sleep


by Yiling Ding

Tokyo — I come from a family of big sleepers. My 96-year old grandfather goes to bed early, wakes up early, and always takes a nice long nap every afternoon. My father used to drive home for lunch every day, ...

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