Bass-ackwards Sleep Patterns

Does anyone else out there suffer from Alarm Clockitis?

This morning I was tossing and turning for several hours in bed watching the sun rise as the bedroom began to fill with light. I was wide awake and seriously contemplating getting out of bed and just starting the day. But Wednesday is a day I get to sleep in.  Arrghhhhhhh. Getting up before the alarm makes NO sense at all. I desperately wanted to catch a few more zzzzs but it seemed nearly impossible. Until, of course, the alarm clock sounded. Then, BAM, I jumped the first train to sleepy-town.

It happens to me all the time. I'm a horrible sleeper until the alarm goes off. Once it does, suddenly my eyes get heavy, my body relaxes and I drift off to the most incredible sleep I've ever known.  That "beep-beep-beep" of the alarm seems to change everything. No longer is my body fighting to escape the prison of a bed I'm in.  Instead I become ravenous for sleep, desperately aching for just "10 more, 20 more, 30 more minutes," under the covers.  It's really peculiar and rather annoying. A result of my alarm clockitis is that I start the day all groggy and longing for sleep when only a few minutes earlier I was awake and raring to go. Strange, right?

I guess I need to get my butt out of bed before the alarm goes off.  Even if it's five in the morning and totally dark, I should take advantage of my alertness (is that a word?).  But that just sounds like such a boring mature solution. Is it really likely that I'll do that? What if instead I were to use this disease to my advantage? Perhaps I set the alarm to sound about an hour after we lay down in bed at night. (The hubby would just LOVE that.) Maybe then I could get that amazing sleep AT NIGHT when one is supposed to be all "ravenous for sleep."

Please, someone tell me I am not the only one who deals with this craziness...