When I was in high school, I used to wake up at 5 a.m. every Monday through Friday without any prompting from an alarm or my parents. My internal clock just somehow made me open my eyes and spontaneously rise out of my bed. I would get ready for school and head off on my 30 minute commute. It was easy.
These days, getting out of bed honestly is one of the most trying moments of my day. Jesse gets up around 7 and I’m usually awake with him because I’m not a heavy sleeper. Unfortunately, being awake has absolutely nothing to do with my motivation to get out of bed. I’m mostly afraid of the cold. I can feel how chilly it is outside of the covers and my body immediately goes into bear hibernation mode. I get drowsy. So, to stave off the impending doom of dozing back to sleep, I’ll grab my phone to check the weather.
That’s not very motivating. So, then I ponder if I should just think about what I’m going to wear. Maybe if I know exactly what to put on, I can do it quickly and be downstairs in a jiffy. Nope. So, I end up playing on my phone. I check Facebook. I check Instagram. My phone gets boring. I put it away. I go back to thinking about what to wear. I get sleepy again. Thinking it’s the darkness causing this problem, I turn on the light and stare at the fan.
Then, as if the gods are trying to tell me, “YES, STAY IN BED!”, Patronus jumps up and snuggles right next to me. Gah! Now I really don’t want to get up. Cat cuddles and cold air? Cat cuddles win every time.
I have so much in my days that I want to get done, but I have these moments where I just lay in bed. It’s frustrating. It means things like writing a blog at 7:30 a.m. (where I have it on my schedule) get completely pushed back when I don’t sleep much the night before. Monday night, I think I got about 1.5 hours of sleep because I just tossed and turned all night. Bye bye Case File, you will be completely steam-rolled by all the other paying tasks I have on Tuesdays.
I’m writing this because I need help. I need strategies… especially from anyone out there who lives in the cold. What are your tricks for getting out of bed? Mine used to be showering, but it seems pointless here. It would just add another hour onto my morning blow-drying my hair because I can’t go out in the cold with it wet. I’d probably just die from a head frozen into an icicle.
Any techniques? Any advice? I’m going to try to go to bed earlier, but I’m still not so sure. Help me get out of bed.