Thursday, February 11, 2010

Early to Bed, Early to Rise...

The saying is "Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise." Yeah--what a load of crap! Who makes up these sayings anyway? Oh--I need to be careful here, I think something like that might actually be in the scriptures somewhere or something. Anyway, I have been trying out this theory over the last 5 weeks or so--with Todd and I getting up at 5 a.m. to go to our Crossfit bootcamp, (or 5:24 a.m. which is exactly 5 minutes to get ready, and 1 minute to drive there). Those of you who know me know that I am NOT a morning type of girl. That is seriously putting it lightly! I am not even generally a nice person before around 9 or 10. Everyone told me that once I had kids I would have to get up early--but it has worked out that all of my kids are night people too--I don't really have any early risers, so it has been easy for me to stay in bed until the last possible minute before we need to be someplace! I talked Todd into doing this bootcamp because I have always thought that this was one of the major things in my life that I needed to fix. All of the really productive women that I know get up at 4 or 5 in the morning--you know them--those super hero women who you see when you're dropping your kid off at school in your pj's and they are dressed and ready and heading out for the day. I've always hated those women. Show offs. Just kidding--I've always secretly envied those women, and wanted to be one of those women. Umm...I don't know if it's gonna work out for me.
Let's just take a closer look at this theory about going to bed early, and waking up early:
1. Is going to bed early really even possible? Ummm...EVER??? NO!! Not when you're a mother--and especially not a mother with more than one or two kids! I have had nursing babies, or toddlers for the last 14 years of my life who do NOT let me go to bed early, nor do they let me sleep through the night if I do happen to get to bed early. Let's don't even talk about the fact that if I get to bed early, ummm...that doesn't mean that I actually get to sleep early either if you know what I mean. You know...TV and all. (Keeping this blog G rated). And now I have teenagers who think they need to stay up into all hours of the night, and on weekends end up heaven knows where and with who and might need a ride at 11:58 when they call you in a panic that they are going to miss curfew. When is this gonna end--another 18 years...need I say more?
2. Let's examine the early to rise theory... Isn't 8 early to rise? Who says early to rise means 4 or 5? Who made those rules? I think 8 or 9 would be a perfect, EARLY time to rise. It's early enough for me.
3. Does this really make you healthy? Hmmm...let's see--is it healthy to fall asleep at stoplights when you're driving to and from preschool? Is it healthy to have your head already pounding by 9 a.m. because you haven't had any Coke yet? (When I wake up at 8 at least it doesn't kick in until NOON or so)! Is it healthy to catch yourself nodding off at the dinner table, or while you're talking to your children, or in relief society, or in a restaurant? Where is all the extra energy I'm supposed to have? I am flippin' TIRED--all the time!
4. What about wealthy? I haven't noticed that we've gotten any richer since we started waking up earlier--but then I haven't gone to bed earlier either for reasons explained above--so do you have to do BOTH parts of the deal to reap the benefits? If so, should I just quit waking up early now since I won't be able to go to bed early for at least 18 years? Also, I have been getting ready for the day earlier, which means I have gone shopping more since I am ready for the day, which means we may actually be getting poorer since I am waking up earlier--this one is not working either.
5. Do you really have to guess whether I am wiser from waking up earlier? If you have spent any time at all reading this blog--I would guess not. I'm still about as dumb as they get--and my brain cells are leaving me just as fast--if not faster. If you don't believe me--ask my children, they will tell you it's true!

So, here is my theory...when you wake up earlier in the morning--you feel like you are going to get SO much more accomplished in a day--and you do. BUT--and this is a big BUT--then you feel like you can add more things into your day, because you are getting more accomplished--so pretty soon, you are back where you started, with too many things, and not enough time to do them, and discouraged again. So I say--I'd rather lower my expectations, wake up later, and do less in a day. Hows that for inspiration? Can you tell that I'm not feeling like getting up to go to bootcamp in 5 hours?...ugh.

Here's what I do know: "Late to bed, early to rise, makes one cranky mother!"
SLEEP--how I miss you!


Tawni said...

LOL -I could not agree with you more on EVERY aspect you mentioned. The more I read your blog the more I realize how alike we are!
I even shop more when I am ready earlier. If I am actually ready, I can't stay home, or clean. NICE
And seriously, Cranky is NOT better. If I don't get sleep, I get really mean. That's not good for anyone.

Heather said...

you are hilarious! i am alkways tired too! that's my excuse for drinking diet coke all day....which certainly does NOT make for a nice 6pack on your belly...just a 24 pack in your fridge!

Unknown said...

I found this saying: "Let's go, you can sleep when you're dead." I put it on my mirror in my bathroom BUT I still get up at 9AM. I think this problem is hereditary. I'm just not a morning person. Also getting up for work at 4:30AM is just nuts..It's the middle of my night considering I usually get up at 9AM. Just CRAZY!!! So on my day off I'm just going to do what works for me, sleep in. Love you TAMI...MOM

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