Recently, I blogged about the construction work going on outside where I live (A rude awakening). Today, it has once again given me my topic to write about. Why? Well, for the past few months they have been pulling down an old building, starting work at 8am, which, for me, was still too early, but I tried to think of it as an alarm clock. Yet, yesterday, the horrible drone of the diggers now cleaning up the mess and laying the foundations for a new building, began at 7.30am. OK, I thought, well, I guess I’ll get up now then. But today, I was rudely awakened by the noise, which is completely impossible to escape from, BEFORE 7am!!! What???!!! I looked at my clock in disbelief! Is that allowed? Are there any laws in Japan about noise pollution? In the UK you would not be able to make noise so early, but here I guess that law doesn’t exist. In the Land of the Rising Sun, people usually get up earlier anyway, I think, and also, do not seem to be affected by such things as continual noise 6 days a week entering their home.
I know I need to find my zen and learn to accept it, rather than feeling my blood boil. Or, maybe I should just go to bed earlier so I get enough sleep before it begins, and then just leave home for the day. Unfortunately, I work from home sometimes, which does not make it pleasurable living here for me. So, how long does it take to build what will probably be another huge monolith of a building, once again blocking my light and view?
Actually, I have the answer. I should just move, right?
But, enough of my rant. I found a questionnaire by the BBC and researchers from my old university about sleep. I found it really interesting to do. Why don’t you try it? You answer some questions about your sleeping habits and then you receive a score and feedback about how well you are sleeping: