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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Not a Morning Person . . .

I am sooOooOo NOT a morning person . . .

Even though I wake up pretty early each morning, usually around 6:30 am, it takes me the most of a morning to get going and feel like I am really awake and up for the day.  If I actually have to be somewhere early in the morning - it's torturous, and there's no guarantee I'll show up in matching clothes, with hair and makeup done, and even matching shoes :D

I really prefer to stumble around in PJ clothing, house slippers, sipping my daily hot chocolate ala amazing,(that my husband is so sweet to fix for me each and every morning!) until about 9 am, then I drag myself out of the house with the dogs for our almost daily walk in the hills.

I just found out there is a NAME for my condition!

Sleep Enertia
who would have guessed!

Sleep enertia apparently is when the problem-solving part of your brain needs time to "reboot" after sleep.  So what do experts suggest??

  • relax in bed a while (check -  no problem there!) (I suggest with a good book preferably, or check overnight email messages on your cell phone, or text your children who live far away, you get the idea . . .)
  • leave important decisions for later (much later I suggest . . .)
  • don't tackle critical tasks (like payroll and taxes, balancing the checkbook etc, deciding what to make for dinner (or breakfast for that matter) - are things that come to mind . . .)
  • open the blinds and switch on all the lights (WHAT?? well maybe one really dim one, but I like to open the blinds and even the windows - so I can hear the really sweet little song bird that just appeared outside my window this week . . .as I'm reading my book and checking emails)
  • eat a high fiber breakfast such as oatmeal (apparently it provides a steady supply of glucose, the brains main feul source - fortunantly I do LIKE oatmeal!)
  • sprinkle a few drops of essential oil of peppermint onto a hankie and take a whiff  (REALLY?? sounds delightful! And experts say it boosts brain activity in the area that controls wakefulness - MAYBE I better carry it around ALL day!!)

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(Me - trying to wake up!
and shake off that early-morning
brain fog!)


Lisa @ Pulsipher Page said...

I can relate to this. It takes me a while to "putter around" as I ease into the day. Nice to know there is a name for it!

Pedaling said...

cute jammies!

I am a morning person!

Joy For Your Journey said...

I love the picture!! And I will have to tell my daughter about this post. She is the same way. I am not, however. I am totally a morning person. I love mornings. That is about the only time I really get anything done. I guess it is good that we are all diffferent.

Sue said...

You and I share the same disease!

(and a whiff of lemon verbena helps, too...)


M-Cat said...

Luckily I don't have this problem, but I do know that on those mornings that I can't seem to get it together a diet coke is the answer! : )

tammy said...

I am just the opposite. I love to get up in the morning before everyone else, check my email, open the blinds to the rising sun, and get my errands done early. All of my inspiration and revelation seems to come in the morning too. The only thing I can't do in the morning is workout. That has to be in the afternoon/early evening. And then by 8:30 each night, my brain and body start shutting down. Even when I was young. I used to fall asleep on dates sometimes...just ask my husband!

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