Friday, March 09, 2007

How To Wake Yourself Up in the Morning

This morning I am more wide awake than I probably have been in years. I usually spend my mornings in a semi-conscious state, longing to have stayed in bed a little longer. The last two nights I have been absolutely exhausted, so I've turned off the light at a decent hour and have happily settled into at least 8 solid hours in dreamland.

A regular sleep schedule for me involves hanging out with my newest best friend until midnight then flipping off the light after a chapter of reading. I get up at 7:30am, panic, get washed and dressed in under 5 minutes, apply makeup and sprint for the 7:45am bus, coat tails flapping.

What helped me to be so wide awake this morning, you ask? Well, dear reader, let me share my tips so that you as well may have that wide awake feeling that has eluded the sleep-deprived for so long:

Tip #1: If you get plenty of rest you will probably wake up before your alarm clock, giving you plenty of time to spare before you need to leave for work.

Tip #2: Make yourself a little espresso. Even if you don't get to drink it at home, you can put it in your travel mug and take it to work.

Tip #3: Fold some laundry - there's nothing like a little laundry to blow the cobwebs from your brain in the morning.

Tip #4: Dilly dally - Discover that despite your best intentions it is now 7:45am - the bus is now just leaving the terminal down the hill from your house - consulting your watch should be enough to get your blood pumping.

Tip #5: Sprint to the bus despite all your earlier intentions for a leisurely stroll to the bus.

Tip #6: Arrive at the office before anyone else. The sense of self satisfaction alone will be enough to open your eyes a bit more.

Tip #7: SET OFF THE OFFICE ALARM. If the panic that you feel when you inexplicably draw a complete blank on your user id isn't enough to get your adrenaline pumping, then certainly when the alarm goes off, (sounding like what can only be described as the horrible shrieking of a million birds of prey attacking a million tiny bunnies), the noise should stir your heart to about 200 beats a minute.


And once my hands stop shaking and my feet stop sweating I'll be quite efficient today, I'm sure!

(After panicking and stepping - OK, running - into the hallway to escape the noise, I did remember my code and was able to turn off the alarm before the police arrived.)


  1. I've done that! Of course, the building with the code was the daycare I worked in and it never failed that I would forget or punch a wrong number on a day when I had a parent with a small child right behind me when I tried to disarm the now I've got that terrible sound AND a screaming child. Good times.

  2. George is one of my very best friends too. Last night's show was especially good. He interviewed David Foster and Franklin Graham and gave them both a run for their money.

    LOVE him.

  3. Okay, this is so not what happens at my house anymore. When you have a preschooler around, at least, when you have MY preschooler around, you are gently awoken by the padding of small feet into your bedroom, and then jolted upright into complete and total wakefulness when those little feet (that have turned into icecubes in the time it takes to walk down the hall) come into contact with your warm, sleepy self.

    I have yet to set off the alarm at work. Although, one time I borrowed my parent's VW, and managed to somehow get into the car and then reset the alarm, so the minute I put my key in the ignition, the alarm went off. I think my heart stopped for about 30 seconds!

  4. Oh man, that is too cruel. :(

    I hate even hearing an alarm clock on t.v. Just the idea of that makes me cringe.

  5. crap I just deleted my comment.
    i was basically laughing at you. I'll laugh again.