A half-conscious, half-glanced look through one eye - the other buried in the pillow - at a Twitter post in the wee small hours brought me a sense of relief, saddled with a heap of frustration and jealousy.
The days and the nights often feel like they have significantly more jagged edges than they did this time last year.
For me, that's meant deciding to call it a night at a "reasonable" hour - often early the following day. But it also means a semi-passive glare at my phone to try and empty the last few morsels of consciousness before succumbing to rest and the beginning of yet another day making the short walk from one room to another.
"We did it!", a tweet from Australian broadcast journalist Simon Love pops up on my timeline. He's referring to the region's month-long period without a single case of Covid-19 and its self-proclamation of "eliminating" coronavirus.
At this time of the night (day), the only news on my Twitter feed tends be that from the other side of the world.
It's long been my chance to catch up with the huge progress the Victoria region of Australia has had in tackling Covid-19.
"It's pretty much normal here now," a doctor friend in Australia tells me. A sun-drenched image of his other half on a white sandy beach in North Queensland follows shortly thereafter.
It's an insight as to what it's like to "beat" Covid-19. Something, sadly, we're still some way from getting close to.
For me, the news has become more insular and nationalistic lately. We hear stories about how other nations are performing - numbers down, numbers surging - but it sounds like background noise. We're all living with this and we're in our own moment.
"We saw around five serious cases in our intensive care unit and otherwise it's been managed well here," my friend tells me. "There was a good lockdown early on and engagement from people in the lockdown.
"Melbourne was the first city to have thousands of people in a sports stadium recently, so life is essentially normal, day-to-day - it's only the impact from the inability to travel abroad and some areas of Australia that make it obvious something is happening."
It shouldn't make me green with envy, but it does. A pair of tickets in a drawer to a gig which was postponed, an invite to an event long since cancelled, a stark reminder that we aren't there yet - by a long way.
The vast majority of the population in Victoria is centred in Melbourne - a city of almost five million. That's three times Derry, Belfast, Dublin, Cork, Limerick and Galway combined.
So, how did it do it? A hard lockdown for four months - enforcing home confinement, travel restrictions and closing shops and restaurants.
The initial spike in cases, growing from June and easing by mid-August, has not returned since the region reopened - it essentially flatlined from October onwards.
While we're holding on to the hope of promised vaccines in turning us around, many millions on the other side of the world are already enjoying a normal existence.
And because we didn't operate on an all-island basis - instead opening and closing amid a melting pot of ideas - our friends and colleagues just a 100 miles down the road are now able to enjoy the perks of hospitality that we normally would, especially during this time of year.
What we have had is a series of ambiguous bolt-ons - one after another. An easing here, a restriction there. The goal at the end remains the same: lower the case numbers to previous levels, taking the burden off our health service and ensure the number of people losing their lives to this pandemic all but ceases.
We've all been banded in this global message that we're all in this together. But at this moment, we're not. Others have been living, essentially, a normal way of life for the last few weeks and months.
It's frustrating. It feels like we're living in a polar opposite world at the moment.
But this is not a time for self-flagellation.
It's not as simple as comparing and contrasting the fortunes of one nation with another.
What it does do is give us some glimmer of hope. While looking to the success stories of other nations on the other side of the globe, though, we should also be looking towards a chunk of positivity.
Getting essentially rid of this unwelcome pariah can be achieved. It's worked elsewhere.
Perhaps the next time I spend the wee small hours staring at Twitter, we'll be in for some equally positive news, but closer to home this time.
John Mulgrew is editor of Ulster Business