Given that the monks rise at night for prayers, they are to sleep with their clothes on: "They sleep clothed, and girded with belts or cords." But there is one important caveat to this instruction: "they should remove their knives, lest they accidentally cut themselves in their sleep."
Excellent point. And you shouldn't bathe with a toaster oven.
When the signal is given to wake up the monks should get up "without delay" and "hasten to arrive at the Work of God before the others, yet with all dignity and decorum."
Because, really people, it's not a race.
All that sounds delicious to morning people. But what to do with those struggling to get out of bed? Benedict instructs:
8On arising for the Work of God, they will quietly encourage each other, for the sleepy like to make excuses.Tell me about it. The sleepy also like to make excuses in my eight o'clock classes.
Incidentally, I like how Benedict instructs us to quietly encourage the sleepy to rise. As Proverbs instructs us:
Proverbs 27:14Morning people, take heed.
If a man loudly blesses his neighbor early in the morning, it will be taken as a curse.