Morning Twilight

There’s a period of the day that I like to call ‘Morning Twilight’. It doesn’t always take place in the morning, but then that’s more of a testament to my sleeping patterns than the fact that it’s shifted into the afternoon. Basically, it’s the period of time from when my alarm goes off to when I get out of bed. If you’d like to get into the mood for this entry, I suggest listening to Dayvan Cowboy by Boards of Canada.

I’m not sure whether it’s a failing of will or merely that I’m not in full control of my faculties when I wake up, but I set my alarm for 8am each morning, but I rarely manage to extricate myself from my duvet until around 10am. In those two hours two things take place; I hit the snooze button (multiple times) and I doze. To be quite honest, I find this to be a most frustrating occurance, because I want to get up at 8am, as it gives me so much more time to get stuff done in the day, and I also find that even if I do wake up at 10am, those two hours make all the difference in whether my day is productive or not.

You see when I wake up closer to noon than morning, some switch in my brain shifts to ‘off’, and I lose the will to get up and do stuff. Most of the time this will result in at best a trip to the gym as the productive highlight of my day, and at worst just slobbing out and watching films and tv-shows and playing the odd game of something. While I know this will probably change once the University year starts, that gives me a month to sort it out. Routine, it would seem, is my friend.

However, when I wake at 8am, the world of oppurtunity opens it’s enticing door to me, and things get done. I write interesting blog entries, (perhaps unlike this one… although I’ll let you be the judge), I allow my creative juices to flow in photoshop and I make things I’m halfway proud of, and I prepare for my course. All this with just two extra hours in my day. It’s a head scratcher, that’s for sure.

My theory is that those two hours are irrelevant in relation to time in the day. It’s rather the fact that I spend an extra two hours in bed. It makes me lethargic, and thus by the time I’ve finally gotten up, it seems like half the day has gone. So, it would seem, I either need to cure myself of the defeatist attitude that comes with waking up at 10am, or I need to get up earlier. Or both….


About Phill Cameron

I've graduated, had a look at the world, and spat. Now I'm devoting my time to moving from 3/4 of a games journalist to 9/10ths. I figure I can get away with 9/10ths.
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6 Responses to Morning Twilight

  1. Seniath says:

    Get a job. That way you’ll have no choice but to be up at 8!

  2. xthepoisonedspongex says:

    Not for another two years! I need to drain the lifeblood of the government some more.

  3. I love it when people talk about 8am as though it’s an early start.

  4. xthepoisonedspongex says:

    I’m a student! It IS early!

  5. nuyan says:

    I know the feeling. I’m less productive as well when I say in bed for too long.

    Solution though: Set your alarm for 6am and hit the snooze button for 2 hours, I always do the snooze-button hitting every day. I’ve been doing it for years now, it’s my favourite way of waking up. People call me a weirdo for it, but I really like that way of waking up.

  6. Claribel says:

    I’m with the snooze team.. and 8am is when I leave the house you layabout!

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