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14 March 2009 @ 03:17 pm
Sleepiness  
Every morning when i wake up there's a halo hanging from the corner of my girlfriend's four post bed....

er, no, that's not right. Every morning (or at least a very large percentage of the time) when my alarm goes off i feel like i'm wide awake. However i'm clearly not actually that awake, because every morning i then decide "well, i can afford to spend a few more minutes curled up in bed, especially since i feel so awake." And then every morning i spend usually somewhere between one and two hours being zonked out in bed and hitting the snooze button.

Of course there is the occasional morning where i actually _do_ manage to get up right away, but what's even more frustrating than how occasional it is is that such mornings usually happen on the weekend, when it would be perfectly okay for me to laze away in bed for hours in the morning =P
 
 
 
Coraacoraa on March 14th, 2009 11:03 pm (UTC)
I do the same thing. I discovered in college -- when I had a very inflexible 8am job start, for a job I couldn't afford to lose -- that if I woke up right when the alarm went off and had a shower and got dressed, I could get to work awake and alert. But if I hit snooze even just once, I'd have a devil of a time prying myself out of bed.
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 15th, 2009 12:10 am (UTC)
Yeah, unfortunately i'm awake enough at first that i'll be awake and alert if i stay up, but not awake enough to realize that trying to stay in bed for another five minutes won't work any better this time than it did the last hundred times.

I might be able to fix the problem by setting my alarm such that i didn't have any extra time to rest at all before having to get ready, but that would probably be at least as likely to result in disaster =P
Beth Leonardbeth_leonard on March 15th, 2009 03:56 am (UTC)
This is probably a healthier sleep habit (setting the alarm such that you can't hit 'snooze'). That last hour is totally wasted time, you're not getting things done, but neither are you getting quality sleep.

--Beth
DonAithnendonaithnen on March 16th, 2009 03:14 am (UTC)
If it worked, yeah. Losing my job because i keep failing to get up anyways and keep getting into work late probably wouldn't help so much with the health thing though =P
Andrewneonelephant on March 16th, 2009 05:59 am (UTC)
I've never been a big fan of "snooze", although I do the thing mentioned in the original post. Typically, though, instead of hitting snooze I'll set the alarm an hour ahead (sometimes only a half hour), since I'm going to be in bed for that long anyway, and there's no point in interrupting it every ten minutes.

Lately I've taken to also turning on the radio when I wake up the first time, which at some point was good enough to keep me somewhat awake but recently just means that I have really bizarre dreams for my hour of dozing. It has some value as a timepiece, since I know I need to get up and go when the 10:00 program rolls around, although Friday almost threw me for a loop because the regular host was out :-)

I've had some small success with leaving myself enough time before work to get up and play something on the PS3 for an hour before I go to work... that gives me something to look forward to after I get out of bed. This has different problems, though :-)