"I like getting up around 8. Everything before that makes me feel like a zombie and getting up later makes breakfast taste like lunch already."
Marion Luttenberger is a talented photographer and graphic designer, living in Graz, Austria. She specializes in still-life photography and is the oldest sister of 8.
January 2015. Graz, Austria (GMT +1)
Photography: Marion Luttenberger
Find Marion's photography work here.
What are you doing during the day?
I reflect about people and things around me quite a lot.
What time do you usually get up?
I like getting up around 8. Everything before that makes me feel like a zombie and getting up later makes breakfast taste like lunch already.
How does your alarm sound?
It's my boyfriends voice. He is an early bird.
Any morning rituals?
Drinking coffee. I like to buy the coffee beans from a roaster around the corner. I used to make our coffee with one of those italian espresso machines (the ones you place on the stovetop) but now I prefer using a coffee dripper. This coffee is less intense so I (can) drink more of it. I don't like drinking coffee after 2 p.m. though. For some reason it just doesn't taste the same. Then I switch to herbals teas.
What do you have for breakfast?
Mostly I eat fried eggs mixed with diverse vegetables and nuts. Sometimes I also make a fruit salad but it depends on my tiredness.
Do you think you get enough sleep?
The hours of sleep I get is enough most of the time but sometimes it's not deep enough. This makes me slower the next day.
Would you describe yourself as a good sleeper?
Sometimes I don’t have an ideal day and night rhythm which is essential for my good sleep. When I used to work as an Au Pair for example, I noticed that I had found a good balance between sleeping and being awake as I adopted the routine of the children. Now my work is more flexible which makes me stay awake longer or get up earlier sometimes. I guess this is something many (self-employed) people struggle with.
Where do you sleep best?
Under a big blanket.
What are the things you need for a good sleep?
Having a good laugh before falling asleep is the best.
Do you remember your dreams?
Sometimes. My favorite dreams were always about flying. When I was a child my pajamas turned into a wing suit in a dream. Never forgot that feeling. I also used to sleepwalk when I was about 8 years old but I just remember waking up in the kitchen surrounded by my family.
Did you ever dream an idea that you brought to real life?
Maybe, but I had a lot of my ideas in the minute before I fell asleep. Luckily I remember them well on the following day.
Why do you think we sleep?
To recharge. And to talk about it on your blog.
Describe your bed in 3 words.
Selfmade, oversized, wooden.
What is the most special or weirdest spot you’ve fallen asleep?
As soon as I enter a plane I start feeling very tired. Many times I even fell asleep before the take-off.
How many sheep do you count?
[ ( 5 sheeps per hour that I've been awake ) x ( the people I talked to ) ] - ( good laughs ) per day. Actually, I have a better sleeping aid. My boyfriend tracked down a rare audio cassette that my sister and I used to listen to as a child. This was a great gift. (photo below - btw it is not the famous Lion King story but a different nice one).
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