Look, I already get up at 5:30 every morning. I take a two-mile walk, bathe, get dressed, have breakfast while reading the paper and am in my office by 8:00 a.m. IS THAT NOT EARLY ENOUGH!?!? Now I have to get up at what amounts to 4:30 a.m. THAT’S INSANE!!! Why can’t the government just leave time alone!?!?
Of course, I’ve always been an early bird. They say we’re the ones who get everything done, despite all the whining we hear from the night owls working late. (Hey, if you got to the office at a decent hour, you wouldn’t HAVE to work late, you babies.) But there really is something behind the whine. People just have different internal clocks and, to date, no one really knows why.
Many of my clients get grief from people about the hours they keep. They’re still in bed at noon (lazy!) and they’re up on the computer well past midnight (unhealthy!). They struggle with an 8-to-5 world that has them sitting in a doctor’s waiting room at 7:45 for an 8 a.m. appointment, for which they are not seen until 11:30. Can you really blame them for dozing off?
I look at it this way: In our 24/7 world, what difference does it make when you sleep as long as you get your stuff done? One of the few perks of being retired (or on disability which amounts to the same thing) is that you don’t HAVE to jump out of bed to a screaming alarm clock every morning. And considering most disabled people are living below the poverty level and coping with painful, immobilizing conditions, why shouldn’t they enjoy whatever benefits they can?
Of course, SOME clients just use this excuse to be antisocial. They do their shopping at 2 am when no one is in the store but the stockers and that guy with the floor polisher. They do all their banking and bill-paying on-line. They manage to arrange things so that they never have to face more than a couple of real, live human beings in an average month. Now that really is unhealthy.
If you read last weeks blog (and I KNOW you did!) you know that SOME social interaction is vital for your mental health. So even if you don’t get up until noon, you still need to get out there and rub elbows with the rest of humanity at least some of the time. If you look around, you can usually find activities that happen in the evening. Many churches have Wednesday night services. And with everyone at work all day, most clubs offer evening meetings.
So I don’t care WHEN you get up, you still have to get out there. No excuses! Now excuse ME while I reset my clock so I can be up BEFORE the crack of dawn tomorrow. Sheesh!