Information Insomnia §

Last night I could not fall asleep, too much information churning through my mind, it’s insanity. I put together a presentation for my Computers and Social Change course all about Google. It was the last thing I did before I went to bed, and I couldn’t stop thinking of more and more information to add to it. It isn’t enough that I didn’t get to bed until 1am, I didn’t actually sleep until 2:30am, and got up 5 hours later.

I’m just curious, this problem can’t be unique, surely there are others out there that have so much information coming into their consciousness that going to sleep at night is nearly an impossibility.

I subscribe to an uncountable number of RSS feeds, 30+ podcasts, plus attend school full time. I absorb so much information everyday, that I think it’s becoming impossible to process it all.

The classic remedy to random insomniatic rushes is to get up, and write down everything you are thinking about, let the information flow for later processing. But what do I do when the thoughts raging through my mind involve the 32 articles left unread in the design section of my RSS reader? I can’t get up and just write that down, because it involves me wanting to put more stuff in.

I guess it’s inevitable for a species in the midst of rapid cognitive evolution. There is just so much stuff everywhere. I know I’m not alone when I say I listen to the latest Stephanie Miller Show while reading dozens of blogs and several news sites. Or audibly process NPR’s To The Point while pumping out HTML and CSS at work.

I guess I’m wondering if there are any readers here wiser than I in this situation. Do you ever suffer from what I have deemed “information insomnia”? It is quickly becoming a nightly difficulty for me - for the past several weeks, with sleeping on the weekends going deep into the afternoon. Hardly conducive to productivity when I need to run errands I have no time for during the week.

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