How Much Is Sleep Worth (assuming we could buy it?)
If sleep were a toll road, how much would it cost? More importantly, how much would one be willing to pay?
As my beautiful son Jonah inches closer to 2 years old, he is doing what nature propels him to do, and test & push boundaries and limits. One can not understand what is possible before getting a sense of what is insanely out of question.
As Jonah’s proud dad, in many ways, I applaud his appetite to push the envelope.
However, as his tired father, and a grumpy, stressed husband to Jonah’s mum, I am on the brink of insanity with the lack of sleep that comes from the last few weeks of Jonah thinking 5 hours sleep a day is all the doctor orders. We all know he needs more, but try telling him that. As he is in no hurry to talk, albeit I have no doubt he could if he wanted to, he can’t or won’t tell me what’s up. Or what he wants to do, eat or see. On any normal day, I can handle these elements. But on a week of 2-3 hour sleeps, it is a true test.
So, with no sleep, driving around Sydney, paying tolls every corner, I thought today if one could buy sleep, like opting into saving time by taking a toll road, how much would it cost? How much would I pay for a solid 4-5 hour sleep? Ignoring the obligations that I would neglect by doing so (like working, playing dad or being husband), I think I would pay $30 per hour. Of course, like an ebay auction, I may change that bid if I needed a bit more than others.
If the week continues like the last few, I could well up my bid to $100.
All I need now is someone to bottle it (not sleeping pills, they don’t work + have side effects) and sell me their wares.