Morning is hardly the easiest time of day. When you’re nested cozily in your cocoon of sheets and pillows, you don’t really feel like a butterfly. You don’t have any urge to escape your prison – although to you it may be a warm shelter you have no desire to come out of. That early in the morning, you probably don’t look anything like a butterfly either. Your hair’s a mess, your clothes are likely nonexistent, and your breath could knock your roommate out cold. What’s wrong? You have class! In about ten … wait no, actually, you have class right now.
But … what? It’s only eight o’clock in the morning. In high school, you were able to pull off 7 a.m. classes every day of the week without struggling – all too much, that is. Maybe you’ve gotten older so quickly that you don’t have the strength of your younger legs anymore. Or … remember how you woke up at noon on Saturday because you were at the RSF until 1 a.m.? Well, it’s not actually a myth. You’ll be more tired if you stay up late into the night having fun or studying – the silver lining being that the two are probably synonymous for some of you.
It could be the fact that you set your alarm clock just seven and a half minutes before your morning section all the way in Mulford. That means you have to eat breakfast, decide on an outfit and go drop off a paper at Haas in approximately 337 seconds. And considering that eating breakfast gives your entire body the same amount of energy as a faintly glowing light-bulb, you won’t be feeling all that bright throughout the day. Perhaps setting a false alarm a few minutes early could be worth it. What’s more rewarding than being woken up and seeing that you might actually have a couple of minutes to lounge about and remember if you finished your Anthropology homework?
Your body tricks you in weird ways – without you even realizing it. When you spend too much time in front of a computer screen – yes, it counts even if it’s on the lowest brightness setting – your body thinks that it’s natural daylight. It might be worth it to stay on Tele-BEARS for hours upon hours trying to get a class, but your body’s just going to push your sleep cycle back even farther. When you want to wake up sometime in the next few hours, your body’s going to be very unhappy.
So the next time you think you’re going to be tired in the morning, close the laptop screen – unless you’re reading the Clog of course – relax a little bit. Don’t even glance at that 5 Hour Energy on your bedside; just let yourself drift off into unconsciousness. You’ll thank yourself – and us – in the morning.
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