Does this happen to you?
My alarm went off at 5:17 this morning (I hate even numbers) and I rolled over to turn it off. Before I did, however, even as I reached my hand out, I started to do the math. “Let’s see, Ken. You’re already running late. You have to take a shower, brush your teeth, iron your clothes – you have to fit breakfast in – is there any way we can extend this sleep any further?”
“Hit the snooze bar!”
“I can’t hit the snooze bar. That’s an extra ten minutes. You’ll never be able to fit a shower in or you’ll have to skip breakfast.”
So, I turn off the alarm.
I am in a position somewhere between sleeping on my side and sitting up awake. I’m still trying to decide what to do with my morning.
“You could make a sandwich. That’s portable and it’ll only take a couple of minutes to make.”
“But I can’t eat while I’m driving. I know I’m no good at that.”
“Fine. Let’s talk about how much showering you really need.”
The math grows increasingly complex until I get myself to sit up. I open my eyes. I look at my alarm clock.
I’ve spent five minutes doing math. I’m not even out of bed, yet.
Why is it you’re at your sleepiest when you have to get OUT of bed?