If you saw me get up out of bed, you’d wonder how I ever learned to maneuver the way that I do. If I outlined the movements for you, they’d go something like this:
- Roll onto left side
- Use right arm to pull left arm out
- Bend left arm and put hand under chin
- Roll slightly to the left
- Reposition left arm
- Change angle of hand under chin
- Roll more to the left and use momentum to put weight on my left elbow
- …And on and on for what seems like 100 carefully coordinated movements
It doesn’t take forever, but a minute seems like forever when there are so many things to do.
Getting out of bed in the morning is, as I’ve mentioned, one of the more difficult physical tasks I do in a day. Since it’s usually the first thing I do, it’s nice to get it out of the way right away. However, because it’s not as easy as just hopping up from the bed, it becomes easy for me to just stay in bed. Combine that with the fact that I’m usually perfectly comfortable when I wake up and I waste a lot of time in the morning.
One idea I have is to get an adjustable bed to make it easier for me to get up. Then I could just push a few buttons and practically be sitting up. Sounds great, right?
But a red flag for me is that I don’t want to lose the ability to get out of bed by myself. I worry that if I stop doing my special “maneuver,” I might lose the strength to do it when I need to — like when I am traveling and the bed I’m in is not adjustable.
This is a great example of when making something easier might not be the smartest thing to do for myself. It’s not painful or impossible for me to get out of bed on my own, it’s just an inconvenience. I don’t think I’m willing to sacrifice independence in order to make getting out of bed a little more convenient…at least not yet.
So in the meantime I brainstorm ways to get myself out of bed with a little more discipline. As I’ve come to find, it’s not just a “physical ability” thing that keeps people in bed in the morning. Able-bodied people have a tough time too. So hopefully in the coming months I can figure out a way to get up earlier and with more discipline using strategies that don’t involve getting blown out of bed by water from a fire hose!
I sleep in a regular bed and through a series of what feels like 100 different coordinated movements, I can get myself up and out of bed on my own. This is extremely helpful to maintain my independence, particularly when I am traveling by myself.
One problem I have, however, is that I love to sleep. When I wake up and I am totally comfortable and warm, I feel like I want to stay in bed all day.