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May 08, 2019 10:53:54

Woke up before 4 am on accident

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You don't sleep in one smooth homogeneous states but in wave like cycles. In between two cycles is when you might wake up in the middle of the night; not in a bad way, but just regaining consciousness way. Most of these waking states are forgotten because they're so short and sandwiched between slumber.

Just an hour ago, I laid in awake in the pitch black bed room for about ten minutes thinking of the day ahead and felt not the passionate energy of someone starting something new, but the tranquil pleasure of continuing something ongoing. And then I said why the hell not, let's just get up and get at it now. 

Ethics and habits make us who we are. This site is filled with tidbits from Atomic Habits and The Power of Habit so there's a good chance you know this. But one ethic and habit I treasure is not allowing myself to look at the phone while in bed. I sometimes do check the time, but other than that i don't scroll through aimlessly treating my phone like a digital-social fridge. So just an hour ago, I didn't even check the time. I assumed it was relatively close to my wake up time. But it turned out it wasn't even four yet.

The old Abe would've been up at 3:40 not because he was excited to tackle the day. The old Abe would've been up at 3:40 because he was not satisfied with the day and had stayed up late thinking that just extending it would somehow make it better.

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    @abrahamKim I hate when I wake up an hour before the alarm is due, but I'm thinking it's about to go off any minute and so I can't fall asleep again. Then after a sleepless hour the alarm goes off, I snooze it, and fall asleep instantly.

    Gabriel Greco avatar Gabriel Greco | May 09, 2019 00:34:42
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      I've done this many times before. It is a tragedy when it happens in bed, but so many of us also do this while awake and out and about.

      Abe avatar Abe | May 10, 2019 00:01:15
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    @abrahamKim Yes! I love me getting up about 5 am, not easy to meet she is though...

    Lucjah avatar Lucjah | May 08, 2019 19:08:23
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      I actually do enjoy getting up that early, but I don't wish to do regularly. Because one thing I don't compromise in the long run is 8 hours sleep a night. And to do that and still get up at 5 would require a 9 pm bed time. 9 pm isn't very socially palatable. At this age at least I need to stick around the 10:30 - 6:30 cycle

      Abe avatar Abe | May 10, 2019 00:00:31
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    @abrahamKim Here's to the new Abe!

    Brandon Wilson avatar Brandon Wilson | May 08, 2019 07:30:09
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