Rock Around the Clock

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Dear Dharma,

I don’t know what’s wrong with me… I can’t get out of bed in the morning!!  I was never like this as a child!  In fact my mom used to joke that I was the family alarm clock, up with the dawn.  But in the last year I’ve become addicted to my snooze button to the point it is starting to interfere with my life.

I’ve been late for work 10 times in the last two months and almost missed family brunch last week…  All because I would rather lay there in the comfort of my big king size bed.

Any suggestions on how to get myself motivated?  Ideas to get me up and out the door?  I mean, it’s not like I have some buff boyfriend tempting me to stay there – I just seem to wanna sleep and sleep some more.

Please help!

Goldilocks

Dear Goldilocks,

Well, the good news is you’ve got a comfortable bed.  Because an uncomfortable bed just sucks…

I’ve always said that I will lie, steal and cheat to get an extra 10 minutes in the morning, so I can completely relate.  I also vow – every single morning – that I will go to bed earlier in order to combat being so tired in the morning.  And then every night I push it later and later.  Sigh…

In absence of any medical problems, here are a few suggestions for you.

You need to shake things up – and yes, while a buff boyfriend might help with that, that’s not what I’m talking about.  First of all, change the sound of your alarm.  Right now your brain hears the same old sound and does the same old thing.  Snooze.  A different ring tone will alert you that something is different, hopefully evoking a different behaviour.

Then put your alarm clock or cell phone on the other side of the room.  That way you are forced to get out of bed to deal with the annoying bing bing bing.

If you really want to go hard, set two alarm clocks!  I have actually done this, and seriously, if someone was watching me, they would have been saying, “What the hell!” as they watched me go from clock to clock… hitting snooze.  After a little bit, though, it gets tedious, so you just get up to stop the madness.

And back to the obvious – are you getting enough sleep?  If that’s the root of the problem, tackle it slowly by going to bed 10 minutes earlier tonight, and then maybe 15 minutes earlier tomorrow night until you’ve established a better pattern.

And one last tip.  Before you go to bed tonight, think of one thing you have to look forward to tomorrow.  It doesn’t have to be a big thing – a friend you get to see at work, those delicious leftovers you’re taking for lunch or maybe wearing your favourite pair of shoes.  And then make that the first thing you think about in the morning.  It might be enough to jolt your mindset into wanting to vacate the king size.

If any of Dharma’s readers have suggestions, please drop Goldilocks a line in the comment section below.

Dharma

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6 Comments

  • notyournormalchick says:

    Maybe we should question the quality of sleep your getting too? Are you sleeping solidly through the night? Or are you waking up 2-8 million times a night? This may also affect how your feeling in the morning. If you are having interrupted sleep, maybe try some melatonin for a few nights and see if that helps you catch up on some restful sleep?

  • Nicky says:

    I also love the snooze button. At one point I made a deal with a coworker that I would bring her a Starbucks beverage every time I was late. Turns out that 5 beverages a week was too much! Ha! Good thing my boss didn’t mind it that I was late as long as I put in my hours.
    I just found an awesome app called “Step Out!” (I do not benefit from mentioning this app) that will not turn off until you’ve walked 20 steps. It is really helping me get up in the morning.
    Dharma’s suggestion of coming up with something to look forward to is awesome! I’ll be trying that too. 🙂

    • Dharma says:

      I’ll bet the co-worker you made that bet with enjoyed the dividends!

      That app sounds fantastic and I am definitely going to look into it – hopefully Goldilocks does too!

      Thanks for the info!

  • Penny says:

    She should ask her doctor to run a blood panel that includes iron and B12, Vitamin D levels and thyroid just to check that there is not a medical reason for her tiredness. If she is a loud snorer she can also get a free test for sleep apnea to check her oxygen levels at night as this is often overlooked as a cause of daytime sleepiness.

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