I know I shouldn’t sleep with my iPhone, but when our alarm clock started misbehaving back around Christmastime, I started doing it anyway. I only needed its alarm, but of course—of course—that’s a slippery slope. When it’s easy to check twitter last thing at night or first thing in the morning, that’s what I do.
When we moved a few weeks ago I was forced to think about the routine I’d fallen into, and what I wanted to do about my alarm clock.
I’ve had thirty-something years to assess my bad habits (or tendencies that direction) and know what I do when I’m stressed: I stay up too late, have to wake up early anyway, get really tired, and then I get sick.
I have enough going on without being sick, so I made a plan to make sure I get enough sleep. Or rather, to make sure I get to bed on time.
I started leaving my phone in the kitchen at night.
But I didn’t replace the alarm clock.
Without the alarm clock to fall back on, I have to go to bed on time if I want to wake up on time in the morning.
Pretty simple, eh?
I’ll make exceptions to this rule, I’m sure. So far I haven’t had any super-early meetings or 6:00 a.m. flights. When I do, I’ll need an alarm.
At that point, I’ll have to decide. I’m leaning towards getting a cute, inexpensive alarm clock.
Of course, I could just sleep with my iPhone for the night.
But that’s a slippery slope.
How do YOU wake up in the morning? Any tips for ditching the alarm?
P.S. Why it’s so hard to put down the book and go to bed already.