Three Hours of Sleep
Midnight: Reading in bed. Allergies begin. Reading ceases.
1:00 AM: Allergies still continue.
2:00 AM: Finally asleep.
3:30 AM: Wake up to a huge flash of lightning and massive crash of thunder. Walls shake and windows are vigorously rattling.
3:45 AM: Unable to return to sleep. Get up to close blinds and check the weather online. Mom comes up, awakened as well by the bomb-like sound of the storm.
4:00 AM: Back in bed, but unable to sleep. Lightning still bright, but thunder farther off.
4:15 AM: Startled out of grogginess by dad urging me to get to the basement after hearing a cadre of sirens wailing outside. TV in basement turned on, no local channels had storm warnings.
5:00 AM: Dad convinced of false alarm. Returned to bed.
8:00 AM: Alarm goes off.