I am far from perfect (stop that, I heard you snicker). But I do know what I’m good at. And I am an A+ sleeper. I kid you not. I win at sleeping. Always.

I have the gift of being able to fall asleep at any time, in any location. I’ve been asked—more than once—if I have narcolepsy. I’ve fallen asleep at dinner tables, while standing on trains, and while working in the middle of a busy restaurant kitchen. Rumble strips on the side of the road may or may not be the greatest invention ever.

I fell asleep last night—twice—in the middle of the Sugar Bowl in a room full of screaming people. Like a champ. I had no idea that I had dozed off, or that they were all laughing at me. So for your comic relief, here’s a compilation of some of the other times I’ve been busted catching some Zs:

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You don’t get a 4.0 in a competitive grad school program by sleeping. My professor found me like this while I was waiting to present my final paper.

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I somehow lay down in a room full of people and babies and dozed off – without anyone noticing

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Driving all night + one hour of sleep + running a race = tired Tanya

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I locked myself in the car at the Pinhoti 100 to try and sleep before a full night of running

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After running for 12 hours at the Pinhoti 100, I passed out inches from a bonfire

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My latest and greatest. While waiting to start a 4:30 a.m. run, my friend found me passed out on my steering wheel. And yes, I’m aware that I look dead.

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