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Upon Waking [Dec. 28th, 2007|03:05 am]
Kelly J. Cooper
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What gets you out of bed in the morning?

For about 30 years, I've only gotten out of bed when necessary (where "necessary" encompasses everything from biological urges through the MUSTs of "Mom says..." and keeping a job and Jury Duty all the way to anticipating the PLEASURE of doing things I will enjoy, such as going out to dinner or meeting up with friends, or avoiding the PAIN that I'd inflict upon myself, due to embarrassment, or that my loved ones would inflict upon me if they found out I blew them off out of lameness).

I know I've complained about this before. And I've been trying to figure out a way to ask this for days without sounding stupid, but I got nuthin'cept my buddies Jacques and Schitt here and they're running silent. It's definitely a first world whine and I feel like an idiot for asking.

But here we are.

There have been a few times when I've gotten out of bed with a certain amount of cheer.
  • When on vacation someplace I've always wanted to explore
  • When I really loved the job I had and felt useful and important (yeah, that lasted about a week)
  • After learning about my Pushcart nomination
But I can't really figure out how to construct those circumstances in my every day life. Hence the question.


From: i_leonardo
2007-12-28 06:44 am (UTC)

quoth William Blake, circa 1800:

"My fingers Emit sparks of fire with Expectation of my future labours."

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[User Picture]From: gilana
2007-12-28 08:51 am (UTC)
Wish I could help you, but I'm constructed very differently. Once I wake up I'm generally immediately twitchy to *do* something -- get up and read my email, read a book, whatever. Going back to sleep is just not an option. Convenient for work, I suppose -- less so on weekends.
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[User Picture]From: muffyjo
2007-12-28 09:28 am (UTC)
When you travel, there is something unknown, challenging, waiting for you out there. At home, it's all known stuff. Except when something catches you and says 'reward over here, nice and shiny'.

I'm somewhere between you and gilly. On vacation, i wake up and i'm itching to do something.at home, i need something to look forward to.

I find i sleep better in any uncluttered room because otherwise i start the day overwhelmed (i overwhelm pretty easily these days. Or maybe i was just burnt out.) Sometimes i move my bedroom around just to shake things up a bit. It also helps me take back control of my room. (I used to do it in high school, a lot). It helps you find things you've forgotten you owned! Kind of like shopping without the expense.

Hey, what about another adventure?
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[User Picture]From: sweetmmeblue
2007-12-28 10:19 am (UTC)
Before kids I'd get up for work. If I didn't have work I could potentially stay in bed, in my imagination for a long time. I tend to get up cause I want to be with people. I get up and I look for interaction.
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[User Picture]From: metagnat
2007-12-28 11:28 am (UTC)
There have been a few times in my life when I haven't needed an alarm clock to get up, but most of them have been when someone else was getting me up. In elementary school, mom got me up (till I got my first alarm clock in the fifth grade). At summer camp, the summer camp bell got me up.

Mostly, if allowed, I will sleep a very long time.

There was a brief time when I was working second shift at a help desk call center. That was when I came the closest to having a normalized sleep schedule. I didn't have to be in till 1pm, four days a week, so I usually got up without an alarm. The problem with that schedule was that on Fridays, there was no evening coverage, so I had to be in at 9am. (It was our lightest day, too, they only made the second shift person come in because they really hated the idea of paying someone for any less than 40 hours a week.)

Also, I barely ever got to see my friends.

I occasionally try to imagine what my life would be like if I could dispense with alarm clocks and just sleep till I wake up all the time. I think there are good odds that I would be a lot healthier and more emotionally stable. There are also good odds that I would occasionally sleep through entire days.

I have gotten to the point where I don't mind my current wake time and often get up only an hour later on the weekends than I do on the weekdays, but that has at least something to do with bladder needs.

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From: tamidon
2007-12-28 12:31 pm (UTC)
I'm not the world's best sleeper,having sleep disorders as a child into my adult years.I loved sleeping in when I could,getting sleep having been a battle in the past.I even believe that a little of my going into cooking was to have an evening job so I never had to wake up to an alarm clock.Then I had kids and could never sleep in,they grew up and now I have a job I have to be at by 7am,which sucks beyond belief.The big unpleasentness is that I seem to be sleeping less as I get older so when I have a day off and the kids are taking care of themselves I can finally sleep in as long as I want...and my body doesn't want to.
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[User Picture]From: lillibet
2007-12-28 01:00 pm (UTC)
Ideally, someone else :) Alarms have never worked nearly as well for me as another human being demanding that I rise. "The kisses are up here" is a frequent catchphrase in this house. Now that I have the baby, she helps, too. And, lately, I've had a lot of hip pain upon waking that improves once I stand up, so that's a motivation, but not exactly a positive one.
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[User Picture]From: dpolicar
2007-12-28 02:01 pm (UTC)
Left to my own devices (as I am this week), I seem to sleep 8-10 hours a night and then wake up fairly happily... no bright-eyed-and-bushy-tailed let's-take-on-the-day crap, but ok, I'm awake, what now?

In my normal life I tend to sleep about 7 hours a night on average, which means I'm constantly running a sleep deficit and dragging myself out of bed to go to work despite not giving a damn about my job, and sleeping well past the point of diminishing returns on the weekends.

So I think, really, my answer is "getting enough sleep on a regular basis."

That said, the thing that will most enthusiastically get me out of bed when I feel like sleeping is social plans with other people.
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[User Picture]From: foomf
2007-12-28 03:02 pm (UTC)
What gets me up? Hunger, need to use the euphemism, or that damn kitchen timer that I use for an alarm clock.

Because it will NOT stop making that noise. And it's across the room far enough that I have to wake up to get to it.
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[User Picture]From: erikred
2007-12-28 03:11 pm (UTC)
I get up on weekdays because work calls. I get up on weekends because I am acutely aware of how much I hate wasting the day.

In a very weird sort of way, I'm an excellent apostate Catholic.
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[User Picture]From: istemi
2007-12-28 04:19 pm (UTC)
If you're requiring one WANT to get out of bed in the morning, you're setting the bar awfully high. Dang, girl!

I wake up around 7AM, plus or minus half an hour. I have a hard time sleeping late any more. It's very sad. I enjoyed sleeping. But now "late" is sleeping until 8:30. I need at least 6.5 hours of sleep, prefer 7.5 or more. I'm more likely to get up if it's light, the room isn't much colder than underneath the covers, if there's something to do in the morning, or if there's a project cooking in my mind. When there's a project, my brain latches on and starts whirring. I'm happier if it's a good project or it's a weekend or vacation day, but even something like reorganizing a room will do it.

Once I notice how bad my mouth tastes, that's it, I'm awake.

There's definitely a point where my brain finds purchase on the day, digs its little claws in and starts processing. I love the point where I couldn't hear anything and suddenly the volume clicks in again and I hear the racket the birds are making. It's easier if there's something to grab on to - having the window open in the summer so I can hear the birds, for instance.

I have a progressive wake-up alarm. The light wakes me up, weirdly enough; I think the hum it makes changes and I hear it. I wouldn't call it more effective than a buzzer, but I don't feel so harassed.

Most of the time I wake up neutral, give myself one or two snoozes, and roll out of bed before I can argue about it. Cheerful kicks in later after tea.

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