Getting fired can take a tremendous toll on anyone's health and well-being, but for a man like Don Draper (who got drunk every night and took frequent midday naps even while he was gainfully employed), an extended period of rudderless inactivity could amount to a slow death sentence.
As we learned on last night's episode of Mad Men, Don seems well aware of how much trouble he's in without the stabilizing influences of wife and work.
So while he may have taken to pounding the snooze alarm until noon, he's also begun carefully monitoring his whiskey consumption and he continues smuggling pitches to his former colleagues at SC & P.
We also learned last night that Don's been lying about his unwelcome sabbatical to Megan and the rest of his family. As he usually does with personal matters, Don has once again chosen deceit over confrontation, and the result is predictably messy.