Upon returning from church on Sunday I had an amazingly profound thought: “right now would be a great time for a nap.” I agreed with this thought of mine and laid myself down to sleep. Apparently though, my body didn’t agree that this was a great idea as it took me approximately 10 minutes to fall asleep. Ok, this actually isn’t very unusual for my naps. My body tells me that it doesn’t need the sleep. It’s still light outside! What are you doing wanting to sleep!? You should go enjoy the sunlight! Actually, you should just go enjoy the light of your computer monitor instead! It almost had me with the monitor light, but I resisted. No! I will sleep! I want to sleep! I didn’t sleep well last night! But that’s because you slept in way too late on Saturday! You didn’t need the sleep Saturday night and you don’t need sleep now! No! I will sleep! And sleep I did.
I understand why I didn’t sleep well Saturday night. I slept in too much that morning and I went to bed earlier than usual that night. What I don’t understand though is this. I woke up multiple times that night. I wasn’t tired. It was hard to fall back to sleep each of those times. So why, when my alarm went off, did my body scream “Oh you poor wretched soul! How dare you try to wake yourself up at this unholy hour!! You need at least 23 more hours of sleep! SLEEEEEEEP!!!” ?? I gave in and pushed the snooze button on two alarms every 4 minutes for the next 35 minutes before dragging my poor sleep deprived body out of bed to get ready for church. As if THAT’S really restful.
Why is it that I can wake up in the middle of the night or even 5 minutes before my alarm clock goes off without a hint of sleep in my eye, but if I let myself drift back to sleep for those few extra minutes when my alarm goes off everything inside of me screams as if thirty-two 40 story buildings had suddenly collapsed on top me?
Maybe it’s because I don’t like to be told what to do. Even if it’s myself telling me what to do. You want to wake up at 7:30 AM? Ha! I’ll let you wake up at 4 AM, 6 AM, or 10 AM if you’re lucky. But NOT 7:30 AM because that’s what you want. *maniacal laughter*
Maybe it’s the reason for waking up (this is kind of what I just said only different). I mean, being forced awake is never really that pleasant and I think everyone tries to resist it. If you happen to wake up on your own, obviously you’re not going to feel as horrible as when multiple buildings have collapsed on top of you.
I’ve always been impressed by the amazing ability people have to use reason and logic when they are either A) Asleep B) Falling asleep or C) Waking up. I’m especially impressed by my own abilities to do so. For example, if you’ve been reading this blog for a while you may have read my post “Too much search on the mind” which demonstrates my amazing reasoning capabilities in the morning.
Seriously, if someone came into my room at 6 AM and gave me the chance of a 3 week long paid vacation on a cruise ship I’d probably turn it down because “I need to finish my puzzle.” or “I’d like cheese on my eggs please.”
Are any of you, dear readers, like this at all?