Waking up vs. getting up -- two times

Waking up vs. getting up -- two times
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I use "waking up" and "getting up" as two very different expressions.

If you're not at your most alert as soon as you open your eyes, here's some help talking about that. If you are immediately at your best at the same time you wake up, you might think I'd say "Leave now." But please stay -- you might understand a bit about the rest of us.

"Waking up" is the change from being asleep to being awake. "Getting up," on the other hand, is getting out of bed.

Waking up is a process. Your brain starts the process while various parts of your body say "Big deal!" Then, when that ebbs, the alert parts tell you to get up. That is a moment.

You may spend minutes to an hour waking up -- stretching, starting breakfast, all the morning stuff.

But getting up? One moment, and that's it.

So be alert -- well, awake -- when someone asks you when you wake up and when you get up. Those are very different questions!

Have some fun. Listen when someone asks you when you got up.  Then wait (another day, or not) for the same person to ask when you woke up. Just watch the look on the person's face when you give two different times.

If the look on the person's face is a calm one, you can have a good conversation about reading Margaret Serious.


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  • Yes, that's the distinction. I usually wake up at about 7 a.m. and get up at about 8:15. The radio puts me to sleep 2 or 3 times during that interval.

    On the other hand, someone gets up to go to the bathroom at about 3 a.m., but it is questionable whether that person woke up. I guess enough to get up and not do it in the bed.

  • In reply to jack:

    Make that the expression for the in-between state, I guess: "waking up enough." Thanks, Jack.

  • I would say the two were exactly the same the entire 35 years I taught. The alarm would go off, bam I hit it and jumped out of bed. Now? There can be a difference of 5 to 15 minutes!

  • In reply to Kathy Mathews:

    Only five to 15? Great for you! I'm adjusting to a new, earlier schedule, so I get up and silence my alarm clock across the room, but I let my phone alarms keep playing on snooze for a while, different tunes and different rates. So far, it's working well.

  • Ah....to luxuriate in the process of waking up! However, I must say that a commitment to preparing breakfast means that I've "gotten up"!

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