No one enjoys waking up. That’s no great discovery, it’s common sense - sleep gives us what we all want - dreams come true. We're often too preoccupied with our crushed dreams to even zombie crawl our way through life.
Then why the hell would we ever want to wake up?
First off - don’t ask yourself that. You start asking why you should wake up and people will start asking if you’re okay and need to see a therapist. Which isn’t that outlandish of an idea.
One way to avoid your debilitating entry into waking life is this - just wake up early.
Let’s say you get to work at 10:00 am every day. All your friends may envy you for those extra hours of slumber, but you still find yourself slow and sloth-like. Why is that? You know for a fact that you're getting more sleep than that shit-eating-grin of a girl on the G train every morning. You don’t want to be slurping shit, but you sure as hell want that grin, don’t you?
Break the Routine.
The reason you’re so tired all day is because of routine. Doesn’t matter how early or how late you wake up, if you’re caught in a daily routine you could be caught in a daily headache that’ll never go away until you start changing a few habits.
You ever work out beside someone in a gym and watch them change up their muscle groups every few weeks? (let’s pretend like I actually go the gym for this). It’s called avoiding a plateau. If you’re on a plateau, you’re gonna be chilling there until the sun sets, chatting up all the garden gnomes about how much work you just did for nada. Muscle Memory is real, and it doesn’t like redundancy. If your body is used to doing the same thing every day it’ll get comfortable, it’ll get lazy, and it’ll get fat. Same logic applies to the brain.
Wake up two hours early.
Get yourself a cup of coffee and a little breakfast. No, scratch that. Don’t just get it. Order it. Sit down and treat yourself to a small meal inside a diner. These places are built to get you fed and get you out before the next train arrives underground (most of my remedies involve food btw).
Order something you’re not used to and throw a little sugar in your coffee. Suddenly you’ll start to feel the rush of legal drugs! Your grueling morning will only be considered grueling by those few colleagues unfortunate enough to be in your wake.
That beautiful smile of yours will shine. Your eyes will sparkle. Every person in your office will be so angry with you, that they’ll be incapable of simply asking how, or why you’re so goddamn happy this morning.
The next day, if you feel good, do it again. If not - don’t worry about it. One morning is enough. Your system is going to be jumpstarted into new gear and you’ll find that every day following will be a touch easier.
That 10:00 am arrival time will actually feel like 10:00am again.
You may even be more creative.
Think about the idea that your brain is accustomed to sleeping for those two hours you chose to wake up early. Those gears are on a cycle and if they need to keep turning, they will. The juice that fuels your dreams will begin to fuel your morning and that smile will reach up into your eyes and through to your cerebral cortex until you’re crying wet joy. See how creative that sentence was? I woke up early today.
One more benefit to waking up early is the possibility of leaving early.
If you get to work an hour or more before anyone else I bet you could argue that leaving an hour before anyone just makes sense. Doesn’t it?
Well, I tried that. It doesn't work.