Breakfast: The Crucial Date Meal

Breakfast is supposed to be the most important meal of the day. When it comes to matters of the heart, though, breakfast takes on a whole new meaning. If breakfast is involved in your love life, it means one of two things. Either (a) you're so busy that the morning is the only time you have free for dating or (b) you got busy and now it's the morning after a particularly successful date. If you're the guy scheduling breakfast dates, it's time to re-examine your priorities. Nobody wants to date someone who can only squeeze them in before 9 a.m. If you're the morning-after guy, I offer you my heartiest congratulations. Now let's talk some breakfast.

Your date went well. So well, in fact, that there's a sleepover involved. Awesome. When the morning comes, there are a lot of questions at play. Do you stick around or try to sneak out as soon as possible? How soon can you brush your teeth? Why is your underwear hanging from the ceiling fan? These are all important questions, but they don't come close to the most important question of all: will breakfast be involved? The answer should be fairly easy. If you want to see your date again, opt for breakfast. If this was more of a one-time thing, you can say goodbye and spend your morning however you see fit. Heart Attack doesn't endorse one option over the other – it's all personal preference. If you're going to offer breakfast, though, the morning becomes more of a choose-your-own-adventure.

Assuming you're not bolting before she wakes up, your breakfast decision could seriously impact whether you get to host/attend any more sleepovers in the near future. If the sleepover happened at your place, you've got the upper hand. Your toothbrush is nearby, you know how to use the coffee maker, and hopefully you've got a few eggs left that haven't expired yet. Fire up a cup of joe, make an omelet, and surprise your guest with good ol' fashioned hospitality. You earn some major brownie points, she learns how attentive you are, and you both might find yourself in an instant replay of last night. Things get a lot trickier when you're the sleepover guest, however.

First rule of Sleepover Club: don't rummage through her cabinets. It may seem sweet in your head, but realistically, she's going to wake up and hear you and you're going to seem like a crazy person who's invading her private space. Even after you explain yourself, she still might ask you to leave. That's why you should take the "slip out and return" method. This one can backfire, too, if she thinks you just left without saying goodbye. To cover yourself, leave a little note on the fridge or her computer or somewhere that's fairly visible. Don't take too long on your breakfast quest, but if you can sneak out and return with some bagels and coffee before she wakes up, you'll have earned yourself a Heart Attack Merit Badge.

If you're not the first to wake up, you can always offer to take your date out to breakfast. If things are going really well, she'll say yes and you'll have successfully taken the date into extra innings. The bottom line is this: if you want to turn your sleepover into a regular thing, grabbing some breakfast is the perfect way to prove you're not a creep who was just in it for the sex. A breakfast burrito goes a long way in this day and age of dead chivalry. So do the right thing and make breakfast the most important meal of your date.