Is Getting Out Of Bed Genetic?

How do you get out of bed when your alarm goes off in the morning?

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Do you hide under the duvet for as long as you can, desperately trying to snatch a few more seconds of sleep? Or do you throw back the covers, stretch and get out of bed straight away?

My DH falls into the first category, he just doesn’t get out of bed easily. He can lie in bed and snooze while the kids and I are yelling at each other in the same room he is sleeping in. I just can’t understand it as he can’t possibly be getting any good quality sleep with the amount of noise we make in the mornings. He’s a true night owl though, and pretty much always comes to bed after me.

I’m an early riser myself and I always have been. I can remember sleeping in a lot as a teenager, and not getting out of bed until it was time for a late lunch in my 20’s, but these days as soon as I hear the alarm I’m awake. I’d be lying if I said I always bounced out of bed. Often I’m tired and grumpy, but there just doesn’t seem any point in clinging to my mattress when there is so much to do during the day. And as soon as I hear the kids are up, I can’t get back to sleep anyway. At the moment I go to bed about midnight, just before DH, but I think my natural inclination would be around 10:30-11pm.

For ages I dismissed our differences as a man vs woman thing, but I have lots of female friends who say they don’t get out of bed until the last minute as well.

The kids are a real mixture, which makes me wonder how much of this is genetic. At some point all of our children have refused to get up in the morning ( Go Away! I’m NOT going to school today!) but some definitely find mornings harder than others on a regular basis.

DD2 is the child most likely to stay under the covers for as long as possible before temperamentally charging for the toilet and screeching at anyone who gets in her way. She’s very rarely actually late but she is often putting on her tie or cardigan as she comes downstairs. She is also the one we are most likely to find illicitly reading in the bathroom at 11pm.

DD3 is our morning girl. She is usually the first up and is dressed before her older sisters have even got themselves out of bed. She’s not always cheerful about it but she tends to keep the moaning to a minimum and just gets on with it. Thank goodness someone does.

The other two can vary in their morning modus operandii. This morning both of them lay in bed and didn’t get up until 10 minutes before they were due downstairs. Most mornings DS is second up and dressed and DD1 emerges from her pit about 15 minutes after I wake them up.

What are mornings like in your house? Do some of your kids find getting out of bed easier than others? And what about you- do you get up immediately or are you a 10-more-minutes kind of person?

8 comments on “Is Getting Out Of Bed Genetic?

  1. I’m with you a morning person. I just can’t see the point of lying in when there’s stuff to be done and there always is.
    I’d much rather have an early night, but OH is the opposite.

  2. I think it’s genetic too. My eldest 2 both wake up/get up early (DD1 often before me and I get up at 6, and she’s 16 in a couple of months). I wake up, get up – I cannot lay in bed awake and rarely go back to sleep, perhaps an hour on a weekend and get up at 7ish. Youngest 2 are both so like their dad (I remarried & we had them..), they need waking up gently, lay in bed, really have to be persuaded to move and are so grumpy then lol!! I quite like the time in the morning without little ones buzzing around, though – I get loads done.

  3. my parents are early birds and always got up at the crack of dawn but went to bed early so as a child we did too.. i could never lie in bed awake it just didn’t feel right, but then we were always lights out before 10pm even into my teens lol now however i have more control i am a nightowl and will stay awake till the small hours, not sure if this is because i want too or just because there is always soething else to get done, as for mornings i am always first up, the kids all pretty much rise with minimal fuss but my eldest is starting to want to stay in bed longer so thinking it may change into the teenage years lol

  4. My parents were early birds too and always up around 6.30 so I grew up with that and never laid in until I was into my teens (I don’t think I was ever up after 7.30 until I was about 13 however late I’d gone to bed). They also went to bed early – 10ish – and I am the same in this regard. I could easily go to bed and sleep by 10pm every night to be up at 7am in the morning to get the kids to school. On weekends I don’t like being up before 8am now the kids can see to themselves in the mornings. DH is always in bed after me unless he is ill or has had a particularly late night the night before (or if I’ve gone out). I struggle with a midnight bedtime if I have to get up at 7am and will always push it to 10 past if I can. DD1 is the worst at getting up, although she is a tween(!). In the weeks she really needs to be up by 7.30 the latest and is usually but she drags herself out of bed, at the weekend she can be up earlier cos she knows she hasn’t got school, even though she’s gone to bed at 9pm!! DS is asleep as soon as his head hits the pillow at around 8pm and usually is up first – I can hear him around 7am pottering about. When DD starts secondary in Sept she is going to have a rude awakening as the school bus leaves at 7.30!

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