#771 Waking up before your alarm clock and realizing you’ve got lots of sleep time left

Peaceful and extremely quietDark windows, dead silence, dim moonlight dancing on the walls. The night is calm and quiet and peaceful.

And then BOOM: your eyes burst open and you bust out of bed in an adrenaline-gushing, brain-rushing, heart-crushing state of emergency. Dizzy and blind, you urgently stumble over to the clock as thoughts whip through your head — am I late for work, did I miss the buzzer, do I have time for a shower?

You swipe the clock, zoom it up to your squinty eyeballs, and get a good look.

“4:56 AM,” it screams in its trademark crisp, bright-red florescent silence. “4:56 AM.”

Thump Thump, you're alrightStunned, your wobbly brain slowly pieces it together. “That is too early much than I thought,” you think. “I should back into go to bed.”

And then a slow, thin smile curls on your lips as you turn to stare at your crumpled cocoon, readying yourself to flip the pillow and dive back into Bedhead Paradise. Oh, you know that sweet cruise into dreamland will be a doozy for a few big reasons:

  • Ready to rock. Hey, the bed is pre-warmed, the mattress pre-dented, and the cool side of the pillow just waiting to hug your hot, salty head. Detangle the sheets a bit and you’re good to go.
  • Dare to dream. If that rocking dream you’re having is still fresh in your head, you can clench your eyes, squeeze your brain, and pop right back into it.
  • Take a break. Hey, your body woke up early because it felt pretty rested, so the extra sleep is just its way of saying “Go ahead, take a long lunch.” People, this is like a snow day without the shoveling — just a big, wet puddle of free time to soak up guilt-free.

Yes, waking up before your alarm clock and realizing you’ve got lots of sleep time left is a great thing. Sure, your heart pulses and your brain convulses, but you quickly realize there’s a long time left for a lot more sleeping.

And you know what we like to call that around here.


Looks good, don't it?

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96 thoughts on “#771 Waking up before your alarm clock and realizing you’ve got lots of sleep time left

  1. definitely one of my favorite things in life. one time, i looked at my alarm clock and saw “7:30”. i was so convinced i missed my alarm i actually got up and went into the shower. it was only then that i saw the clock in my shower. it was “1:30” hahaha. awesome.

  2. This is also awesome when you get up at 4am to feed the baby, put him back to bed with no fussing, and know that you have another 3-4 hours sleep. It’s like going to bed twice in one day!

  3. Maybe it’s great for those of you who can get back to sleep within a few minutes but for those of it that it literally takes hours to fall asleep… it’s a freaking nightmare! Why can’t my brain just stay asleep until my alarm goes off?!

  4. so wonderful! did this this morning actually. Its even better when you lurch awake, panic because you think you have to go somewhere, then realize its the weekend :)

  5. I think it’s the most amazing thing that can happen to me.
    I love sleeping, I’m really a sleepyhead.
    Mostly I don’t wake up in the middle of the night. But if it happened I look to my phone to see how late it is and if I have I have plenty of time left.
    I turn around, shake up my pillow and dream my dreams where I ended.

  6. Have not slept in since 1974:(
    But since joining Awesome community have sweet dreams!
    Have even woke up laughing!

  7. “That is too early much than I thought,” Captures the middle-of-the-night wake up thought process so nicely. :-) Love this blog.

  8. OMG! It’s kinda funny how this happens to me almost everyday. I wake up in the dead of the night, see the moon, realize its way too early and then go back to bed LOL
    Awesomest thing yet :)

  9.  sometimes  when  I have one of those really bad nightmares and suddenly wake up in the middle at the night and still have 2 hours to sleep , is so good! I turn the pillow to the “fresh side ” pull the blanket to the top of the ears and fall asleep again , it always feels like I had the triple of time to sleep !

  10. i like the feeling when u wake up and u feel like there is something exciting but u dont know what it is, until u figure out its the weekend

  11. When I wake up and realize that I still have several hours of sleeping it seems that those last hours are well-sleept than the others. It make my hole day batter, but when those several hours passes I keep hoping for more sleeping time, and hoping that it will happen all over again. Those sleeping hours seem to pass a lot faster than the rest of the night, and the alarm clock is there to tell you that it’s over.

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