If This Were Easy…


Giving in…

Filed under: life, snooze — Easy @ 4:03 pm

I’m still deeply struggling with the sleep scheduling thing. I get to bed by midnight (plus five or so minutes grace time) every night, but come the next morning, I just can’t get out of bed. I love the warm and the dreams and the goodness of snooze time, and so instead of getting up, I just lay there thinking in lolcatish, “DO NOT WANT!” Which isn’t really the same warmness and goodness that I love, so I’m having a crappier version of the experience that I miss, but not so crappy that I get out of bed anyway.

It’s really been frustrating me, but I recently got an email from someone I had emailed on MetaFilter. She had Ask.Metafiltered a question about fighting her snooze habit, and I had sent her something about my own struggles and ended it with a reminder that ‘snoozing is bad’ is a value judgement that she doesn’t necessarily have to buy into. That if she really loves to snooze, she should schedule her life to allow her to snooze, in full recognition that she’s choosing snoozing over other things because she enjoys it more.

That was a couple of months ago, and she just recently noticed the Me.Mail and wrote me back. Which made me read my advice to her. And realize that it’s pretty darned good advice.

Snoozing for an hour or more every morning was not working for me. But not snoozing is also not working for me.

I’m changing the definition of my snoozing rule — instead of no snoozing, I’m going to give in and allow myself one glorious 9 minute snooze period every morning. And then, because I find it easier to get up when it’s quiet instead of when my radio is blaring at me, I’m going to give myself another 5 minutes or so.

After that, my incredibly fucking annoying cell phone alarm is going to ring in the living room, so if I haven’t gotten up to shut it off by then, I’ll actually want to get out of bed.



  1. After reading your own struggles with “snoozing” and the article you posted about the snooze alarm, awhile back, I have re-done a bit of my own routine. I want to be getting up around 6am, I was typically getting up somehere between 7:30 am – 8:30 am, hitting the snooze button every 7 minutes from 6 am till whenever I got up (and I wonder why my partner doesn’t get out of bed to an alarm anymore!)…

    Anyways, I figured out that I was getting out of bed at 7:30 – 8:30 am on the weekends when I didn’t use the alarm. So… following some bizarre permutation of that article I decided I would turn the alarm off fully at 6am, and would then get up whenever by body actually ‘woke up’.

    This terrified me at first, I was absolutely convinced that I would sleep to noon, but I figured this was as good a time as any to try it since no one is waiting for me in an office in the mornings.

    Strangely this has actually started to work. I think a combination of ‘snoozing better’ when the alarm goes of at 6am since I’m no longer sleep-hitting my snooze alarm every 7 min only to wake up bewildered at 8:00 am wondering why the bloody thing didn’t go off…. and slowly getting my body-clock to accept that I actually need myself to get out of bed seems to now have me getting out of bed pretty consistently between 6:45 and 7:00 am now.

    It’s still not 6:00 am, but it’s a pretty big improvement. I’m still really grumpy at 6:45, but that is when I’m actually usually waking up ‘again’ and being frustrated enough by morning noises and bodily needs to let my ‘get out of bed’ conscious win over my ‘I’m comfy, let’s just stay here’ conscious.

    Comment by beaglesmuggler — 2008-10-02 @ 5:04 pm

  2. One of my other thoughts on combating my inability to get up in the morning is getting one of those double alarm clocks. Theoretically, I think they’re meant for couples who get up at different times, but in practice, I think I would set one of them permanently for 7:30 and never ever turn it off, and them set the other one for whatever time I needed to actually be up — whether that was 8AM, because I have chiro at 9, or 8:30 so I can get to the gym before the annoying people, or off entirely for weekends. But I’m saving that for if this doesn’t work out.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-10-02 @ 5:15 pm

  3. Have you considered that you might not be getting enough sleep? I’m currently testing on myself to see if I need more than 8 hours of sleep by trying (and it really sucks!) to go to bed *earlier*, at around 11, while my alarm is set to 8:15.

    I have to admit, I have noticed I don’t feel noddy at work, and I haven’t had a problem oversleeping this week unless I go to bed later than 11.

    Comment by Pie — 2008-10-02 @ 7:36 pm

  4. I have definitely considered that — but I don’t seem to be tired during the day, or even really all that tired when I go to bed at Midnight (at least not anymore — when I first started this process I was knackered at 3 in the afternoon). The other thing that makes me think it’s not general tiredness is that for awhile I was setting my alarm for 8:30 or 9 instead of 7:30, and I still didn’t want to get out of bed.

    Still, ‘go to bed even earlier than midnight’ is on my list of options somewhere after the dual alarm clocks — but I’m really a night person, and shifting my schedule any earlier will suck away more of the hours I actually like.

    Comment by Easy — 2008-10-02 @ 7:43 pm

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