INTRODUCTION Stephen King’s Number One Best-Seller, Insomnia, is a book about an elderly man named Ralph Roberts who begins to suffer from early waking. This form of insomnia grows into a terrible problem for Ralph as he begins to awaken earlier and earlier each morning. People begin to comment about his health and sickly appearance. Many take it upon themselves to recommend old-fashioned home remedies that aren’t supposed to fail. Ralph attempted everything from staying up all night (much to his dismay, he found himself growing more and more awake as the early morning hours passed) to sucking on honeycomb.
They’d drunk as much as he had so it would be contributing to what was going on downstairs and he had to hope for Mrs Hudson’s sake that they were only this loud when drunk. She would have to put up with this god knows how often and this was his first time. And last if I can get away with it. Finally all became quiet again after a long while, with John knowing in unfortunate detail of what had been happening downstairs and who had had to help whom out with what. Just when he thought that the happy couple downstairs had finally fallen asleep, the sounds began again with a low groan of displeasure from John.
This occurs, time after time, until the disconcerted individual stumbles out of bed, realising he’s slept through his morning workout again. As cringe-worthy as this scenario is, most of us have been there. Waking up in the morning can be a challenge, particularly for those of us who are “night owls” by nature. A 2011 study from Appalachian State University, however, has proven that 7 am is the optimal time for exercise, as morning workouts can reduce daily blood pressure by 10-25%, and can improve the quality of exerciser’s sleep cycles. Morning exercise has also been proven to improve mental clarity, boost metabolism, and improve exerciser’s commitment to their workout plans.
And no, we didn't win the lager, but it didn't stop us from being pals ever since. He’ll be the first to admit that he’s never been the sportiest of blokes as doing any form of exercise seems to bring on a headache. But he does enjoy the odd game of badminton and is very keen on football, rather than play though, he prefers to stay in and watch games on the telly (TV). He loves watching the soap operas as well. In fact, if it wasn't for Emmerdale he’d hardly get any fresh air at all.
Shouldn’t the hansom tall man always get the girl? Or the sly blond who always speaks his mind? But not for Gavin who wasn’t even a trace of those things. “Good thing, for my sake.” He answered his own thoughts and closed his eyes, feeling the rush of relief to end this day right with resting on his couch with a full stomach and a full view of the starless sky. A few days ago the moon approached its new stage and now it was completely nonexistent in the sky, not so much a glimmer illuminating Gavin’s almost pitch black living room.
I came to the conclusion that best man is just a fancy title for nanny. I also found out some other interesting things on the Internet, but now is definitely not the time to tell you what they were. However, I have taken the job of being best man seriously and have made sure: That he got to the service on time. That he was well dressed and looking smart, which I’m sure you will agree he is. And that he got a good nights sleep last night, and I’m pleased to report he slept like a baby.
But when they separated to catch their breath they both shared a smile. “I love you Ray.” “I love you Joel.” Joel properly asked Ray out for dinner that night, after Ray was done with his work, and the two actually had a lot of fun. They laughed at stupid stories and dumb jokes. When Joel knew it was time to leave Ray decided spending the night was the better idea. Ray stayed and they just cuddled on Joel’s couch watching old movies.
Making sure things are in order for my day is very important to me as well. Being disorganized can throw off my entire day! This takes up a lot of time during the day, more so than belongingness would. Some days the roles are reversed in my world. I often find myself rolling out of bed on my days off and relaxing with my boyfriend, which in this case would make my belongingness and esteem needs higher.
When Sunday comes along all of that changes. Sundays are my favorite day of the week. Early in the morning I wake up cold, feeling my partners warm body across the bed. I snuggle up to him for warmth. The movement of my body awakens him.
Few disciplines have the power to transform my life as does the habit of early rising. Here is something very special about the first few hours of the morning. Moment seems to slow down and a deep sense of peace fills the air. Joining the "Five o’clock Club" will allow you to start controlling your day rather than letting your day control you. Winning the "Battle of the Bed" and putting "mind over mattress" by rising early will provide you with at least one quiet hour for yourself during the most crucial part of your day: the start.