One of the benefits of my husband’s job is that he has a little flexibility as to when he goes into work. The earlier he arrives, the earlier he can leave for the day. This means that he has the goal of getting out of the house as early as possible in order to have more time at home with the family in the afternoon.
Don’t get me wrong, I love the idea! It would be great to have him home by 3:30 every afternoon. The challenge is, like me, he is not a natural born early riser. We are both lovers of sleep and, if it weren’t for the children, work and other responsibilities, we would happily sleep until at least 9:00 or 10:00 every morning.
This brings us to our dilemna. Our alarm is now set for 5:00am which would be fine if, when the alarm went off, he popped out of bed to shower and get ready for the day. Instead, he pops out of bed to press the snooze button 4 or 5 times every morning! He swears that this works for him and helps him to “wake gradually”.
The problem is… it wakes me up too! Ugh! I would rather sleep until 5:45 or 6:00, have the alarm go off once and just get up the first time. I mean, really, how much more quality sleep can you get in 9 minute increments?
But, it seems to work for him so I deal with it. I’m sure there are a few (just a few, really!) things that I do around the house that drive him crazy too. One thing we do agree on is that we are looking forward to the days when he can retire so that we can both sleep in a little later!
So…Is there a snooze battle at your house? Do you prefer to “wake gradually” with the snooze button or rise at the first alarm?
Jennifer Kline is a wife, mother of three, resident of the Hereford Zone and Executive Editor of The Zone Magazine.