(This is a follow-up post to yesterday's, so if you haven't read that yet, you may want to scroll down first.)
I'll end the suspense now; I'm sure all of you have been waiting with bated breath to see if I'd wake up early again today. ;) Well, the answer is no. Remember the 17 wild monkeys? I may need to start trying to tame them.
In my defense, I didn't plan to go work out at 6 a.m. again today, thinking alternating days may be a good idea. And I've learned that unless I firmly commit to something ahead of time, it usually doesn't happen. Last night I set my alarm for 6, and said to myself, "Well, maybe I'll try to go again early tomorrow." Recipe for failure. I smacked that alarm off without a second thought. And didn't wake up until 9:00 a.m. (For those of you who don't know, I have late-sleeping kids. The "older" two have been waking up anywhere between 8:30 and 9:30, and the baby usually wakes up at the crack of 11:00.)
But as an encouragement to myself and those who may be morbidly fascinated by the idea of getting up early, I have to make a few observations by way of comparison. I was surprised by a handful of things today:
*I was no less tired today upon getting up at 9:00 than I was after getting up at 6:00 yesterday.
*I assumed that I would crash hard by about 8:00 p.m. last night after getting up so early, but was still able to press through to my normal midnight bedtime without much trouble.
*I woke up grouchy today. Mad at myself for not waking up earlier, frustrated to have to abruptly end my sleep to get my 2-year-old who was (loudly) calling for me, and irritated that even after sleeping late I still felt so completely groggy.
*Yesterday, after working out, I actually was quite peppy from the exercise. And even though my kids woke earlier than usual, I was happier to greet them because I'd already had almost 2 hours to myself.
*Also, even though I had some drowsy parts of the day yesterday, it wasn't any worse than normal. (Will somebody PLEASE find me some amazing vitamins that are small enough for a human being to swallow?)
*I felt way more productive yesterday than I do today, like I was being proactive rather than reactive.
Can you tell I'm trying to psyche myself up to try again? Well, you're on to me. So for those of you who were so proud of me yesterday, I'm sorry to have disappointed you today. But it was for the sake of a little experiment to see which waking time is more satisfying. All in the name of scientific progress.