Had trouble getting
out of bed recently?
If you wake up and struggle to leave your warm and cosy duvet you are
experiencing a common winter morning trauma. With many people opting
to take a Duvet Day rather than struggle to work, Kate Simpkins looks
at why its so hard to ge out of bed, what we can do about it and
why ultimately lying-in is so good for us. Its so easy to give
yourself ten more minutes in bed in the morning. The alarm goes off
and the first thought for the day is just ten more minutes.
It happens to most of us, at least occasionally.
But right now, in the depths of the winter months, there seems to be
an epidemic of lie-ins. Over the last few weeks not a day has gone by
without one of my work colleagues complaining about how hard it was
to get out of bed that morning. Some gave themselves an extra ten minutes,
some an extra half-hour, and in the most severe cases, a Duvet Day.
A Duvet Day is of course, a day spent under your duvet. Even if were
not actually daring enough to take one, the popularity of the phrase
is proof enough that some days were all longing to just stay in
bed. This morning was a classic example for my boyfriend and I. We must
have hit the snooze button at least seven times, and with seven minutes
between each snooze we notched up an extra 49 minutes in bed. So why
is it proving so difficult to get out of bed? The obvious answer this
time of year is the weather. If its cold and grey outside it becomes
a mammoth task to leave a warm and cosy duvet. Or it could be that we
simply need more sleep. A recent study in the medical journal the Lancet,
found that the average nights sleep in the UK is now about 90
minutes less than it was in the 1920s, when it was 9 hours per night.
Its worth a try, but I cant imagine many people waking up
this time of year and feeling like theyve had enough of being
snuggled up in bed. So maybe we should try some alternative ways of
making the early morning winter wake up less traumatic.
One idea is to get a bigger bed. The worlds largest bed measures
20 feet by 15 feet. Made by Sleepeezee in 1993 it could completely energise
and wake us up while still lying down. All we would have to do is fall
asleep on one side of the bed and then roll 15 feet across to the other
side to get out in the morning. Or we could all rush out and buy the
latest fad in alarm cloaks.
From the USA, they are alarms that tell a truly terrible joke every
morning. They could have us all jumping out of bed in a panic before
the dreaded punch line. Or we could just stick to the traditional method
of setting cloak times early. So when the clock says 7am its really
6.30am giving us half an hours fake lie-in to enjoy. There is
no need to feel guilty either. Not only are we snug in bed, we can also
feel smug. For one, sleep is slimming. Moisture loss while sleeping
adds up to as much as half a pint from the average adult.
Australian psychologists have also discovered that lie-ins tend to be
taken by the more intelligent among us. The researchers took 400 volunteers
who divided themselves into morning types or evening
types. Each was then subjected to mental agility and memory tests
and the ones who stayed up later, and lolled in bed longer, came out
best. So there we have it, for the good of everyone, Britains
winter working hours should be changed to midday starts. No more New
Year obsessions with dieting, sleep is slimming. No more slow starts
to the day, Lie-ins increase intelligence, and no more duvet days.
© Kate Simpkins 2001
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