Bill Kirby

Online news editor for The Augusta Chronicle.

Some people can fall asleep anytime, anywhere

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I usually take a two-hour nap from one to four.

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– Yogi Berra

I can nap at will. 

There’s no telling when I might fall asleep: Staff meetings, family (in-law) visits. And church, where my wife has been known to elbow me when she detects a slight snore.

“Wake up!” she’ll whisper.

“Just praying,” I say. But I wasn’t.

Perhaps you’re like this, too.

Well, I came across a test from Stanford University to find out if people were “sleep deprived.”

Here it is. Score yourself with these points on the following scale:

0 – Never doze

1 – Slight chance

2 – Moderate chance of dozing

3 – High chance

Here are the situations:

• Sitting and reading

• Watching TV

• Sitting, inactive, in a public place (a theater or meeting)

• As a passenger in a car for at least an hour

• Lying down to rest in the afternoon

• Sitting and talking to someone

• Sitting quietly after a lunch (without alcohol)

• In a car while stopped for a few minutes in traffic.

Now, add up your score.

0-5 points – No sleep debt

6-10 – Moderate sleep debt

11-20 – Heavy sleep debt

21-25 – Extreme sleep deprivation

YOUR MAIL: North Augusta Mayor Lark Jones has asked before whether Pat and Wayne Fuller of his city really do travel that much. They must, Mayor, because they keep sending postcards. Here are three from their latest journey.

“First stop on our current cruise to the Caribbean,” they wrote on a card from Puerto Rico. Another followed from St. Thomas in the U.S. Virgin Islands, and a third from Tortola in the British Virgin Islands. “A lovely island stop,” they wrote. “Trying to avoid too much sun.”

Ruth Smith, of Martinez, sends a postcard from Pioneer Square in Seattle, where she is “seeing the sights.”

And the Fourniers, of Evans, send a card from Montreal, where they are visiting Joe’s cousins: “Last night they had 8 inches of snow … looks like a Christmas village.”

TODAY’S JOKE: Here’s one I told this week while speaking at the St. James Methodist Holy Week luncheon:

A young boy went to Sunday School late. His teacher knew that he was usually very prompt, so she asked, “Johnny, is there anything wrong?”

The boy replied, “No, I was going fishing but my dad told me that I needed to go to church.”

The teacher was very impressed and asked Johnny if his dad had explained to him why it was more important to go to church than to go fishing.

“Yes teacher, Dad said he didn’t have enough bait for both of us.”


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