Good day sunshine

Last Friday, one of my coworkers slept through her alarm, another's husband forgot to set their alarm at all, and I woke up when my alarm went off, then fell back asleep. It was as though our office was cursed! The weird thing was that all three of us made it to work on time anyway, which led us to wonder why the heck we were getting up so early in the first place. We decided that it was probably because rather than blearily fumbling around in the morning, the extra sleep and panic made us more efficient in our morning preparatory activities.

Last weekend, I decided I didn't want to run the risk of that happening again. Inspired by this Metafilter thread and remembering that Nnnick mentioned that he does the same thing, I went out and bought myself a lamp and a timer.

Monday morning, things were a little bit awkward. My alarm went off and I woke up immediately, remembering my setup and wondering where the light was. It turned out that I'd set the timer against my wristwatch and not against my alarm clock, so there was a difference of about two minutes where I lay in bed, listening to NPR¹ and waiting for the light to blind me. Since then, I've adjusted the timer so that they go off at the same time. I've also decided that I can put the lamp on the three-way bulb's second setting rather than the first (I may move up to the third, but that's brighter than the overhead light in the room and not necessary yet).

Now I find it much easier to get out of bed in the morning and instead of lounging in bed for half an hour, I can hop up and... waste that half hour on the Internet!


¹ Yes, I am an old woman.

srah - Friday, 9 December 2005 - 12:21 PM
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gravatar Aunt Pam - December 10, 2005 - 7:54 AM -

I do so enjoy lampage on timers. Right up there with small glowing lamps and nightlights in the middle of the night and wee small hours of dawn.

gravatar katie - December 10, 2005 - 9:11 AM -

I used to do this! In fact, I still have my timer, but in grad school it's different...I guess. Also, in Vermont it actually gets dark at night. In the city, there's all these streetlights and things.

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