It’s 1:38 a.m. and I’m awakened by the annoying beeps of my alarm clock. I hit the snooze button knowing another clock with start beeping in 2 minutes. I roll out of bed and turn off all three alarm clocks before the third one goes off. They usually sound off at 2:38 a.m. but I lost an hour of sleep after the Fox Chicago assignment desk woke me up at around 9 p.m. Someone’s called in sick so I need to be in earlier to report for “Good Day Chicago”. Ah, life in the glamorous TV news biz.
The wacky morning shift means backtiming my routine in order to get as much sleep as possible. To save time, I pick out what to wear the night before and then I follow personal time cues for every thing I need to do before leaving the house in time to hear the top stories on news radio.
But the routine is never routine. Everyone in the news business knows to expect the unexpected because breaking news can happen at any time. I always try to make my abnormal hours seem more normal and bearable. Like clockwork, I’ll start my bedtime routine around 6:30 p.m. If I’m lucky, I’ll get to sleep until 2:38.