This morning, my routine is saving me a little. As the parent of a pre-schooler, I am used to him running into our room in the middle of the night with various concerns. Last night, I read a little, dozed until 10:30pm, woke up to my watch alarm, took the boy to the washroom (as I do each night at that time) and returned to bed. Routine.
Then a hour or so later, our son burst into the room saying “my dreams aren't working!!”. Ha ha. Adrenalin coursing through my veins, I calmly ushered him back to his bed and tucked him in, soothing him into sleep. Wide awake, I read some more. BTW: #reading The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. Just started it.
Now, I'm on high alert. Then my watch says “CHARGED UNTIL MORNING”. The buzzing wakes me up as if it were an alarm and I slowly understand what happened and go back to sleep (again). And so on. Oh, and the comforter reeked of the dog so I kept shoving the covers away from my face (it's like -40C outside so this made me cold).
So a great sleep.
Yet, I'm here at my desk, up and ready to go. I should point out that because of time zones I need to wake up by 4:30AM here and be working (at home) at my desk by 5AM.
The night before:
laid clothes out
put headphones in bathroom with clothes
phone charged and in bathroom (out of reach of bed)
This means I was not “on my phone” when I woke up, keeping me awake longer, instead I was on my Kobo. Way less stimulating. So although I had periods of wakefulness I minimized them. And the headphones mean as soon as I wake up I can throw on a podcast or music to wake up my brain. So no groggy roaming aimlessly looking for clothes for the day. I got up, threw the phones on, and got dressed.
Finally, I didn't have to screw around with coffee because I have a jug of cold brew in the fridge. Just need to pour that into a glass with ice and cream and I'm drinking coffee. Is this the BEST way to wake up when it is the dead of Winter? No but it is fast and here I am.
I'm awake and even ahead of schedule enough to write a blog entry!