how to get up in the morning

Going back to university is great, but it will mean getting up at half past six twice a week, and as you know, I like my sleep.  So I’ve been wondering how I’m going to manage.

The experience of many years tells me that lying in bed thinking I have to get up NOW. i have to get up NOW can take a long time to trigger the limbs into action.  And an alarm clock on the other side of the room is no help at all if my still-dreaming self gets straight back into bed thinking it won’t do any harm because I’m definitely awake.

This morning I was lying in bed, thinking move your legs! you have to get up NOW. legs move! get up NOW so I could catch the bus round to K’s house.  And I realised with sudden clarity that to interrupt that pattern, you need to have a lucid dream in which you see something you weren’t expecting.*  The startling image would immediately jolt your body awake.

When I find out how to do that, I’ll let you know.

* like a bald man with scales on his scalp.



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