We’re undergoing a bit of an experiment here at Casa de Woodward.
I’m entitling it: “Turning a person who hates mornings into a person who can stand mornings, for the sake of the greater good.”
I know. It’s clever. It’s catchy.
If you have children, or just lack sleep, it would be best for you to stop reading this post. You will probably hate me, and that’s not good for anyone.
There are several players in this novella.
1. I hate mornings. Ask anyone who knows me. My parents. My husband. I may as well have a sign on me that says, “Leave me the heck alone. Or expect the consequences.”
2. I don’t so much like evenings either.
3. I usually go to bed reasonably early, get up reasonably late, clock 9 or even 10 hours of sleep, and feel miserable most of the day.
4. I snooze for at least an hour most mornings. I have the uncanny ability to turn off my alarm clock before opening my eyes.
5. I usually rush around frantically in the morning.
6. I have the option to get to work as early as 7 a.m. most days. Which would mean I would leave work by 3 p.m. How awesome is that?
Are you confused yet?
Basically, Ryan and I are attempting some new strategies to get me out of bed earlier. We’ve been trying these things for a week or two. There are several reasons for this, including the fact that I think I am getting too much sleep. Also, this will allow me to get more done in the day, get off earlier from work on most days, enjoy more sunlight (and get more Vitamin D) and feel less miserable all the time from getting too much sleep. (I know, woe is me.)
Ryan gets up at 5:00. I would love to get to the point that I’m waking up by 5:30 most mornings.
So, we are starting with small strategies, baby steps. We have enacted two so far.
Waking strategy one
When Ryan wakes up (around 5 a.m.), he opens the window. Or, we leave the window open all night. Which will eventually let in sunlight. And, light is supposed to be the most natural way to wake up.
So far, this has proven successful. I feel much less grouchy when I’m awoken by the sunlight.
Waking strategy two
I moved my cell phone alarm to the dresser. So, I have to get up to get it. (Yuck.) I curse it at the time, but it does give me incentive to get up. To turn that blasted noise off. Once I’m up, I get out of the room. Quickly. I do not allow myself to turn around and go back to bed. Once I’m out of the room and into the shower, I’m golden.
This strategy has had mixed success. It’s going to take practice to keep from going back to bed. With my heated blanket. But, it’s totally correct that once I hit the shower, I’m up and going.
Waking strategy three
This week, I’m planning to add a reward when I get up early. This reward is that I will not have to rush in the morning, and enjoy something in the A.M. This way, I don’t feel that the morning time is a waste. I’m planning to allow myself to sit down and eat breakfast. With a magazine. And, a cup of hot tea. Usually, I take my breakfast and tea with me in the car, or scarf it down standing up, or run by McDonald’s (yuck). I’m also hoping I’ll have an extra 5 or 10 minutes to crochet or read or something else. I’m hoping this will relax me before going to work.
Several strategies and ideas came from the post, 10 benefits of rising early, and how to do it. This is a very good synopsis of why to get up early and how to do get yourself to do it.
So, tell me. Does anyone else get TOO MUCH SLEEP? Or, do you have any habits that you’d like to change?