So I'm not sure if I've told you before, but Mario is slightly narcoleptic. Alright, he is narcoleptic. The man can fall asleep any place at any time. He is far far better than he was when I first was dating him, but does still hit him. There are times I do feel bad for him because he really has no control over this. Something most people just don't understand or realize. He would much rather be watching the movie he put on or hang out with his friends, but once he hits that overly relaxed state...he's out and the snoring begins. I used to fight with this at times, but realize it's simply something he has no control over.
I think to a certain extent it's his partly his industry. when I met him, he would go three or four days without sleep because of deadlines for work. He's been doing this for years. Because of this, his body has learned to take any chance it can to catch up on sleep. I'm still trying to convince him that when he does pull an all-nighter, his body still needs to catch up on that sleep. Luckily I mostly have him out of the habit of all-nighters and he's finally realizing that he's a lot more productive when he gets his sleep. However, retraining his body after many years of this is difficult.
For the most part he doesn't let it get to him. There's even a side to him that is proud. He once fell asleep in line at a bank. And he did get an award last year for best drawing in his sleep. He was working on a Scooby-Doo. There are definitely a number of guys working that fall asleep at work...I think it's an industry standard. He happened to be sleeping when the director came in. The director paused and realized that he was still drawing in his sleep. Surprised, he stopped and watched for a while. Then said "this is better than some of the guys do while awake"
He is much better now. He's had an operation to help his breathing and I make sure he gets his sleep, but there's still a long way to go. When I compare now and then, I can see a huge difference. He actually has normal days, where is his body is fully rested and he is fully awake all day. Today isn't one of those days. I knew it when he woke up and right now I can hear him snoring in the shower. I don't know how the hell he does it! I don't think I could sleep in there if I wanted. But don't worry, the shower is small, it just holds him up.