It’s the Waking Up

Today’s Lesson: Sometimes you have to look at a problem backwards to move forward.


I have been hearing a lot of experts speaking about needing enough sleep. Our lack of quality sleep seems to be reaching alarming proportions.

Personally, I have no trouble falling asleep. I have already written about my experiments with sleep but I realized something new today. The trouble with having good sleep does not lie in the “sleeping” part. Most people sleep just fine. The problem is having to wake up at the wrong time.

I wake up 3 hours before I have to be to work (an hour and a half of that is spent driving, so I actually wake up an hour and a half before I have to leave for work). For me, waking up properly means having time to “ease into” the day, which includes having breakfast, checking messages, often blogging, and almost always making a latte to go. Most of my grooming has been shifted to happen before I go to sleep so I do not have to wake up even earlier.

I find going to bed at 10:30 pm and waking up at 5:30 in the morning is not a good habit for me. Yet, going to bed at midnight and waking at 7:00 am has no ill effect at all. Same hours of sleep but the times are shifted.

I have to figure out how to shift more of my morning routine to my evening routine so I can rise a little later and hopefully curb some of the deleterious effects of waking up before the sun.

If you ask me, no one should have to do that. Sleep tight.