Pre-Alarm Wake Up
What’s the sitch with waking up a little too early, leaving an awkward amount of time to go back to sleep before your alarm goes off and you actually have to get up for realzies?
I mean c’mon! Aren’t we past this?
If you, my sleeping brain, are good enough at keeping time to consistently wake me up 17 minutes before my scheduled 7:22 alarm, why can’t you just wait until 7:22? I’m glad you are so concerned with me getting to work on time, to starting my day on the right foot… but I think you're a little overeager. A little goody two-shoes.
I know exactly how much time I need to get ready in the morning, and I’ve even added in an extra five grace-minutes in the case of any unforeseen hangups in my routine. I don’t need to wake up at 7:05 to get to work by 8:45. That’s just too much time brain! And I know you’re in there.
So please, just keep quiet. I’ll let you know when I need you. I realize you’re eager to start your day, and I’m not saying I’m not. But, as you know, we are going to spend the next 16-18 hours together, so just waaaiiiittt.
I didn’t even want to bring this up, but YOU are the one who, around 3 PM, is always saying, “I’m so tired! I should have slept more. I need to go to sleep real early tonight.” Oh? Oh now you’re tired? Starting to regret jumping the gun on the morning alarm there? I know 17 minutes wouldn’t cure all of our fatigue problems, but it couldn’t hurt! Brain!? You are such a whiny hypocrite.
All I hear is “Feed me! Play with me! Pay attention to me! I want this! Let’s do this!” And I oblige most of the time, everyday of the year. Meanwhile, all I ask is, “Can we please stay quiet at night for the entire allotted time?” And you can’t even give me that.
Sometimes we get along pretty well, but it's not for my sake; it really is always about you.
I didn’t want to bring all of that stuff up, it’s just been bubbling in me for a while and I needed to say something. You’re great. And we are great together. But I need my alone time too. The alarm thing isn’t a huge deal. But I think we could avoid these blowups if you just made a little more of an effort for me.