Daily struggles through centuries

I was reading in Mason Currey's book Daily Rituals, where I came across this passage about James Boswell. And I gotta say, it feels good to know that the same struggles I face on a daily basis, and most likely every other person as well, was the exact same in the 18th century.

James Boswell (1740-1795), the great British diarist and biographer often had a terrible time getting out of bed in the morning, and frequently fell prey to the “vile habit of wating the precious morning hours in lazy slumber.” For a while he even considered trying to rig up some sort of anti-oversleeping mechanism: “I have thought of having my bed constructed in a curious fashion. I would have it so that when I pull a chord, the middle of the bed would be immediately raised and me raised with it and gradually set up on the floor. Thus I should be gently forced into what is good for me.
— Daily Rituals, by Mason Currey

Reminds me of the morning routine in Wallace and Gromit: