How to wake up on time?

Kenny (@kenny) 10 years, 10 months ago

I’ve had problems waking up on time since I could remember. As a result, it has grown to be a very horrible habit. When my alarm goes off I hit the snooze. When I set an alarm across the room, I wake up walk over, turn it off, look at my bed, debate and then go back to bed. When the alarm goes off again, I debate and hit snooze. I feel as if I’m a different person between the time of waking up and the time of actually being awake and starting my day. During that time I will debate with myself.
"Ok, just 5 more minutes."
"It’s fine, I can make it to class in 10 minutes if I walk fast. So just 5 more minutes of sleep"

and on and on until I get to the point where I am late.

This is especially bad when I don’t have class and I want to wake up early. Since I don’t have commitments, it’s a lot easier to just sleep in.

It’s not that I’m not excited for life, I’m excited as hell. But I just can’t seem to break this habit of debating with myself on weather to get up or not.

Any suggestions on how I can get past this?

March 15, 2011 at 3:43 pm
Ingo Mertens (2) (@ingomertens) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

This is exactly how I go about it. Sucks, aye?

Nathan (0) (@weizzguy88) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I debate with myself all the time…the thing you have to remember is that there is a reason you have to get up so the sooner you accomplish what it is you set out in the sooner you can get back to the things that really matter to you. zzzzzzzzzzzzz

Michael (26) (@mike) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I have the same issue lots of the time, the urge to stay in bed can be pretty overwhelming. Maybe try setting your alarm a half hour/an hour early, then go back to sleep. This sometimes works for me as I wake up, realize it’s early and am then satisfied to sleep for the next hour or so.

Alex Eastman (71) (@alex) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Debating with yourself is usually good… except for sleep… Try to set a clock radio SUPAH LOUD so that it startles u awake. Or even better, Find a way to wire up an air horn to it :D Get you very nice and awake.

Also, if you can get your self to do so, do jumping jacks or a couple pushups to wake up, splash your face with water and try to keep moving. And set SEVERAL ALARMS to keep you from going back to bed.

Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

Check this link:
You will find a plethora of information about sleep and waking up early that I have gathered up.
I wake up at 5.30 almost everyday, except when I am ill or too tired or during the weekends.

Will (2) (@chronicwillness) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I have the same problem. I used to set my clock ten minutes fast in order to trick my mind before sleeping an extra ten minutes. ;) And I was a terrible snooze button abuser. My friend told me about this app for my phone called “Sleep Cycle”. It measures your body’s movement as you sleep and determines when you are in you’re lightest phase to wake you up. I don’t want to advertise on here but it works for me and if you have an iPhone its well worth the $1. A more traditional method is to time your sleep in 90 minute intervals. This takes a couple days of adjusting but it works wonders. Finally, you could just keep a dream journal, I’m always excited to wake up and write about my adventures in la la land, it’s good training for getting lucid and gaining a rapport with your unconscious mind.

Hitomi (67) (@kidvisions) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I also think that it has to do with your will. How much you are willing to wake up in time. I keep reminding myself during the day that I have to wake up early the next morning and before I sleep I say that many times and feel it and it works! I don’t even need an alarm to wake me up!

Ernst Sprenger (1) (@prideomg) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I am using this ( to plan my sleeping time, been using it for I think over 2 months now and I am really excited about it.

Brandon (1) (@bvaldezz) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I used to have this problem, then I started setting my alarm clock to an AM station with nothing but static. When it went off in the morning (volume at max) it would literally scare me awake, making it nearly impossible to go back to sleep because it flustered me so much.

Jen (0) (@livebait) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

having a glass of water ready to gulp down right after your first alarm goes off can also help a lot too.

Derek (1point6180339887) (0) (@1point6180339887) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I am the opener at a gym 10 minutes away from my house, and I have to wake up at 3:40am every week day to open the gym at 4:45am. It sucks, but there are subtle things that help a lot. If you wear contacts, take them out before you go to bed. Putting them back in when you wake up is a good way to get you out of sleep-mode. Another thing I do is take a shower right after putting my contacts in. It’s another “wake up call”. After that I make myself breakfast and take it down to my room and eat it while reading stuff on the internet. Basically, do normal, productive things that keep you focused. One last thing, if you are going to eat breakfast when you wake up (which I highly recommend), then eat a whole grain cereal and some fruit. Keeping it organic is the way to go (when it’s organic there’s no need to panic, lol). That’s what helps me, anyways. I hope at least some of that helps.

Lanette (0) (@lbryant90) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

I have the same exact problem. I always stretch my time limits. So this is what I did. I set my clock 12 minutes fast. That way I’m not late for anything and I wake up on time. So far it has helped A TON. I’m never late for work, I’m always on time for class and I’m much happier now that I feel more responsible. As for waking up and knowing I have ten extra minutes, It just doesn’t happen. I wake up look at the clock and don’t have time to remember that it’s ten minutes fast. Hope this helps. Also when you know you’re going to go to class prepared it makes you a little more excited to go, knowing you can answer when the professor asks a question makes me feel good and want to be in class. Hopefully this helped! Morning classes are tough, trust me I know. :-)

Martijn Schirp (112,780)A (@martijn) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

It seems to me that in the debate with yourself you let yourself much too easily convinced by the ‘sleepy’ you. Because his arguments are rubbish and you still fall for them! Try to find out what makes you want to go back to bed immediately once you’ve risen, why do you convince yourself that those extra five minutes are worth it? Also, try watching and try to find out who’s really happier when you go back to bed!

FN (0) (@bear48624862) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

The problem is you’re not getting enough REM sleep. There’s people that sleep 9 hours and feel tired and people that sleep 4 hours a day and feel rested. A lot of it has to do with quality of your sleep.

-You’re pillow
-Temperature (The perfect temperature is considered to be 68-70 F)
-What you do an hour before you sleep. (Reading helps)

Lanette (0) (@lbryant90) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

@ FN- About the What you do an hour before you sleep.
Do you mean that relaxing an hour before you sleep will help you with REM? Just curious, I’m always looking for ways to make the hours I waste on sleep worth it! :)

Niels (0) (@niels) 10 years, 10 months ago ago

What i do, when i need to wake up in the morning is try to really feel what i feel. Usually my body has some needs, like eating or moving. While my head says, no no no! stay in bed.
So what i think is that what martijn says is really important. Listen to the impulses that tell you to get out of bed and maybe you can convince your head (remembering self) that you are going to have some incredible experiences while eating your breakfast or while taking a shower.

Nick T (0) (@toom27) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I use a technique I learned from Tony Robbins of all people. Part of his ‘daily magic’, right after you wake up strategy is a breathing technique discovered by MIT students studying how to wake up energized. I’ve been looking for the study and haven’t found it yet, but regardless I use it and it works.

First thing…stand up EXACTLY when your alarm goes off and shake yourself out a bit. Allow yourself to get your heart rate a few beats higher. Maybe jump up and down a bit…just for a minute or so.

Secondly, start moving and breathing. There is a particular breathing pattern that is really effective for me(this pattern is taken from the MIT study). On your inhale, inhale through your nose to a count of four (four small inhales). And on your exhale, exhale forcefully through your mouth to a count of four (four small exhales). And repeat this pattern.

I like to pair the breathing with walking up and down stairs because I live in a huge dorm. While I’m breathing I give myself a little time for gratitude, affirmation, and inspiration. Kind of like a moving meditation.

This can last anywhere from 15 minutes to an hour depending on how much time you want to devote to it.

Anonymous (0) (@) 10 years, 9 months ago ago

I had a friend who had the same problem, so I got him this alarm clock. Worked wonders

They also have ones that roll around the room and hide after you press snooze, or hover in the air. This one is a puzzle that you have to find the pieces and put back together. You definitely have to be awake for that.
I moved my alarm to my computer so I have to enter a password to turn it off. Works just about as well, as I can’t really see when I wake up, so it takes a few seconds to be able to actually type with one hand while I’m lying down.

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