Wednesday, October 1, 2008

Dawnzer lee light

In the spring, I was tired a lot.

One of my coworkers, who is very smart, asked me how late I would wake up if left to my own devices.

"Somewhere between 6:30 and 8," I said.

"Stop setting an alarm clock," she said. "Let your body wake up when it wants to. Don't schedule any early morning meetings at first."

And that system has been working splendidly. I have been better rested, and getting up earlier, on average, than I was when I was able to keep hitting snooze.


Except that now that the days are getting shorter, I am becoming increasingly aware that how my body decides when it will get up is the amount of sunlight in the room. Which means I am sleeping later and later. Currently, I am sleeping about as late as it is possible to sleep and not be so late to work that people notice. In about a week, I will need a new plan.

Suggestions? So far, "go to bed earlier" is not cutting it.


Funky Kim said...

There is an alarm clock that, instead of blaring noise, is a lamp that slowly lights up your room to mimic the sunrise. That might work for you.

Joe Coombs said...

I would suggest going to bed at the same time every night during the week. . .or, um, I don't know. A rooster?

Cousin Mouse said...

Go for the rooster. Hey, you're in the country!

And you'd get eggs.

Oh, wait.

bzzzzgrrrl said...

Here's the thing about the rooster (aside from not getting any eggs):
-I'd still have the jarring sound rather than my own body waking me up, and
-I'd still wake up later and later, depending on the sunrise.

It is, sadly, the worst of both worlds.

Joe Coombs said...

I have the answer, CMC. . .and its name is "Clocky."

bzh said...

Why not just inform your boss that you'll be in when you're good and damn ready?
That likely would make the issue moot. Therefore, problem solved.
P.S. I'm giving everyone I know Clocky for Christmas. That thing is the bomb!

Holy Prepuce said...

I can't be the only one who got your Ramona the Pest reference?

bzzzzgrrrl said...

You wouldn't think so, would you, HP?
But I'm glad you did.

along said...

I missed a Ramona reference?! Clearly, (or Cleary), I'm not getting enough sleep. I get better sleep when I use the wind-up alarm clock with no snooze button. It's the snooze button that's the real pest.