Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Waking up "with ease" - Bwa ha ha

So, the second part of my response to this article about morning people is to do with its recommendations for waking up with ease. Apparently there are quite a lot of things you can do to improve your morning, once you've come to terms with the fact that you have to get up. (And no, that doesn't seem to include going back to bed.)

Set your Motive - You need a "tangible reason" to get up. Really? No! I'm shocked. You mean I would be getting up at 7am whether or not I had an 11 year old to get off to school? I very much doubt it. Don't most people have a "tangible reason" in the shape of a job or a small person for whom they're responsible? (And I'm not addressing you morning people who get up at 5.30 just to "see the sun rise". You're 1% of us, at best, according to this article., which technically means you're not normal)

Play a Mind Game - Oh believe me, I do this every morning. "What if I just tell him to get a hot lunch instead of making him a sandwich?" etc. Despite the fact that we've gone through the week's lunch menu and even I wouldn't eat what was in store for this particular day. But wait, there's more sage advice- "The alarm goes off, and the immediate temptation is to hit snooze. Go ahead, do it -- but then stay out of bed for those next nine minutes. " What. Is. The Point. ....of hitting the snooze button and then getting out of bed? That's not a snooze button, that's the "get up" button. 

Bite the bullet - I think this is what most of us do isn't it? As the article says, there's a risk of falling into an even deeper sleep if you close your eyes for even a second. If I ever have to wake up my 19 year old (former Man-Child), no matter how deep a sleep he's in, he always lifts his head off the pillow. It's a bit disconcerting at times, to see this head just pop up, look at you and then fall back onto the pillow, but that's his way of "biting the bullet". He reckons if he lifts his head up, he won't go back to sleep, and it usually works. Not sure I'd rely on that personally....

Seize the day - You know, when someone says that to me I usually want to smack 'em round the back of the head. We'll just leave it at that shall we?

Name and shame - apparently there are apps that can help you get out of bed. "For example, Wake n Shake makes you shake your phone in order to turn off the app, while Better Me *shares your failure to your Facebook every time you hit snooze."  It doesn't give examples of what that app will say on Facebook but as long as it doesn't take a selfie I could pretty much live with that shame if it meant extra time in bed. 

NOT me!

* - Just did a bit of research on the Better Me app. It begins with - BetterMe is an app for people who will try anything to better themselves. The app uses public humiliation to help keep your appointments, to achieve your goals, and to jump out of bed in the mornings.

Just as I thought - way too Type A for me. And why is getting up early "bettering" yourself? 

Wednesday, October 15, 2014

Why I Will Never be a Morning Person

So, the Ball & Chain sent me this link to a CNN piece about being a morning person. Do you think he was trying to make a point? We've been married for over 24 years; it's a bit late, mate.

I read it with little some interest, and of course, had an answer for each one of the points. I'll deal with the first batch today -

The piece begins by saying that only about 1 in 10 people are truly morning people. Oh good, that makes me feel a bit better. I have to get up at 7 most days, and even though I'm usually in bed by 10.30 or 11pm, I swear I wake up knackered every morning. It has been suggested before (by a few doctors) that I might have very mild sleep apnea, and indeed I do seem to inhale myself awake during the night. Not snoring, but just a large intake of breath that wakes me up. That and the fact that I have the hearing ability of a bat, makes for some very sleepless nights.



Anyway, some of the points weren't at all helpful to me.

Plan ahead - what like make sure you're getting enough sleep? Well, as I said, in theory, I am. Next.

Maintain good sleep hygiene - At first I thought that meant make sure your nightie's nice and clean, but what it means is be consistent with your bed times. Check. You can't get more consistent than being the owner of a dog who takes herself to her bed at 10.30 every night.

Take your time - what, you mean walk up the stairs slowly? Actually this means make sure you have good work/life balance. Hmmm - for parents of young kids, this might be a bit of a stretch if you're helping with homework till god knows when and then you spend the next few hours picking up toys etc., making lunches, doing the laundry etc. Sometimes it's out of your control. With me it's an 11 year old whose new bedtime is 9pm, and believe me it's full on till then. Once he's gone to bed I start with the admin stuff. No surprise that I rarely watch TV shows.

Implement a routine - since I rarely go out on a school night, there's definitely a routine here. Some might call it a rut, but it's definitely consistent.

Nap cautiously - What I would give for the chance to nap in the middle of the day. No - this one's not a problem.

Eat and drink smart - apart from the dodgy grammar, they say don't go to bed too full or too hungry, and avoid caffeine and alcohol before bed. Oh....

Power down - the light from computers, I-pads etc is known to keep your brain firing on all cylinders for at least half an hour after you switch them off, but that's not a problem for me since there's usually huge piles of stuff to clear up before I head upstairs.

Prep before bed - lunches, backpacks, work stuff. Yes, yes, and yes. We morning haters would rather stay up into the night than have to get up any earlier to do it. I draw the line at making the sandwiches at night, (who wants soggy sarnies?) but I make sure I have what I need for them so there are no panics next day.

Get cozy - have your bed cool and quiet, with a good mattress if possible. Well, living where I do I don't have much control over the decibel issues, although I have been known to insert a pair of wax ear plugs on occasion. And yes, I'm not one for lacy night wear (is that TMI) so I'm always cozy in my PJs.

Any other suggestions?

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