Catattude – Neuroscience gives me a pass for “laziness”

My earliest memory was my mother waking me up.  It was dark outside and chilly inside.  I don’t remember how many times she came into my room to get me out of bed.  I do remember pulling the covers over my head and refusing to get up in the dark and cold to get ready for pre-school . . .  

Mom was the first to give up in our morning battle and I started kindergarten with “learning deficits”.  Decades later I continue to not want to greet the new day until it is DAYtime. Morning and me ain’t buddies.

Furthermore, people, like my husband, who bound out of bed alert and cheerful are jarring at best and obnoxious at worst.  

I take umbrage at being labeled “lazy” by you early-morning-worshipers who think those of us who understand that moving any extremity in increments larger than a few inches is not natural before 10 am.  

NOW!  FINALLY I’m vindicated!!!  Read this excerpt!

As anyone who struggles to get out of bed in the morning knows, fighting laziness is a losing battle. From beneath the covers, the world outside seems colder; the commute to work seems longer; the number of e-mails to answer unbearably high. Authority figures may chalk our lethargy to lack of self-discipline, but . . . 

. . . new research suggests that we’re just being our true selves: Choosing the path of least resistance, scientists argue, is hard-wired into our brains.” (What a relief.  I thought my wiring was simply “lose”)

“Outlining the results of their work in a new paper in eLife, the researchers conclude that human brains seem to be wired for laziness. “Our brain tricks us into believing the low-hanging fruit really is the ripest,” said lead author Nobuhiro Hagura, Ph.D.,. . . ”

“When we make decisions to act (or not), the brain thinks like an economist and runs a cost-benefit analysis. If the “cost to act,” as the researchers call it, is too high, it can bias our decision-making process, making us less likely to do things. Applied cleverly, their findings can help us do things that we should be doing — and those that we should be avoiding. For example, going to the gym in the morning could seem more effortless if you sleep in your sweats, just as stashing your booze on a hard-to-reach shelf might make drinking it seem like more effort than its worth. There’s no guarantee that these hacks will work, but . . . “

“. . . if there’s one thing we can count on, it’s that we’ll always take the easy route when it’s available — and becoming less lazy may simply come down to avoiding that option altogether.”

If you don’t believe me read the article: Neuroscientists Just Gave Lazy Humans a Free Pass

10 thoughts on “Catattude – Neuroscience gives me a pass for “laziness”

    • Dear Anonymous,
      Just a heads-up (literally & figuratively) to let you know we, as a general rule, never publish anonymous comments cuz we don’t know who we are responding to. We would enjoy brain study lectures and would love to know who you are and where the lectures are given. jw

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  1. I’ve always pretty much been a morning person and I get a lot accomplished early in the day. Younger son is much like me, up early and moving. But my older son can’t function in the morning, and neither can my husband unless he’s forced. I think we each have our own natural circadian rhythm and paying homage to that little goddess inside is more effective than trying to dodge her. Great article here – thank you.

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    • Sharon B-P,
      I agree that we each must have our own natural circadian rhythm – It’s too striking that certain people are great in the a.m. and slide downhill in the p.m. (and vice versa)
      I like the image of the little goddess inside! Since I’ve been retired she sleeps in almost everyday! jw

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  2. Regardless of your internal clock, try turning on your phones – or Siri or Alexa – navigation system in the AM to provide a route to; A) the bathroom (depending on age) B) the refrigerator or bread box to begin the day’s sustenance. Someone else providing the motivation/instructions/route can always get your heart going and (slowly) the brain engaged without expending a lot of energy or thought!

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    • Duffy’s Dad Rick,
      If MY Siri or Alexa are awake before I am I’ll slam them into the wall, pull the covers over my head, go back to sleep and hope I remember to step over the carnage when I get out of bed at noon. judy

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  3. How encouraging! Always a slow starter in the am. Was of course married to a quick starter. As I get older I feel like I don’t want to start at all.

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    • I think slow starters last longer, and have energy in the evening, which I would love to have!!Why is it slow starters end up with fast starters?? I was a fast starter but had a boyfriend who slept till noon. Peggy

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    • Jacqui,
      Good point about technology. I think that the computer has truly revolutionized our world. I love the internet and find it marvelous to have so much information right at my fingertips . .. while in my P.J.s!
      j.
      What will children do about socializing? Robots maybe?

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