Sleepyitis: a condition known to affect writers in varying degrees of severity, resulting in the urge to nap frequently during the daytime hours. Sufferers are not physically tired but may experience similar symptoms: heavy eyes, drowsiness and lack of ability to form complete sentences.
Since Monday, I have been a victim of sleepyitis. I start the day with the best intentions, but come 11 am my eyelids are heavy and I'm gravitating towards the bed.
Nothing has changed: my prose is as scintillating as ever, my characters practically leap off the page (har har). I'm eating properly (chocolate cake aside), getting a good night's sleep, exercising at lunch (yes, it's true!) and drinking plenty of water. I chug my espresso each morning with grim determination that today will be the day I don't succumb. Yet I cannot seem to keep my eyes open!
Please help me: how do you stay awake during bouts of sleepyitis?