• over 1 year ago

    I can't get up in the morning!

    This is a problem that I've been having for awhile and that has been getting worse the older I get. I have a really hard time waking up in the morning. I set about 10 alarms and hit snooze until the very last one. Even then, I still have to peel myself out of bed. I know I stay up too late but I can't seem to help it (I do still get at least 6 hours of sleep a night). I've tried so many of the healthy sleep tips (don't watch tv at least an hour before bed, stay off my phone in bed, don't drink caffeine after 1pm, keep my house dark and cool for sleeping). No matter what I do I have a horrible time waking up. I can get up if I really need to, but I've worked out the last possible minute I can sleep until so I won't be late for work. I used to just pop out of bed, now not so much. Is this just a product of getting older? Leftover college habits? Is it possible that I'm just a night owl and will never wake up early easily again? Appreciate any help.

Responses

  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Having a hard time waking up in the morning

    At the risk of stating the obvious, why the 10 alarms? In reality all you need is one ... and some discipline. Don't hit snooze, don't indulge yourself in dysfunctional habits. Get up and get going! Plan something you like first thing so you have some motivation to get up.
  • over 1 year ago

    RE: Having a hard time waking up in the morning

    At the risk of stating the obvious, why the 10 alarms? In reality all you need is one ... and some discipline. Don't hit snooze, don't indulge yourself in dysfunctional habits. Get up and get going! Plan something you like first thing so you have some motivation to get up.
  • 18 days ago

    RE: I can't get up in the morning!

    I am a night owl, too, and it is tough to change my natural rhythm, though I have done so successfully. Then, retirement hit and I got lazy and drifted back to my old ways. First, 6 HOURS? Not to state the obvious, but that is apparently way too little for your brain. (Your brain needs the down time more than your body.) You desperately need to sleep more. Sleep deprivation is tearing you up inside, not to mention making you a driving accident waiting to happen. Here is what a sleep doc told me: Go to bed at your usual time, and GET YOUR BUTT UP after XX hours. Be religious about going to bed and getting up at the same times for a while, maybe a week or two. Once you have a rhythm, get in and out of bed 15 minutes earlier every 3 days (I have done every 5 days; 3 sounded too rushed). NO MORE; 15 minutes. After 5 days, pull another 15 minutes off; etc. You have a choice; change, or die early. Good luck. I know it sucks, but the alternative is dreadful and permanent.
  • 14 days ago

    RE: I can't get up in the morning!

    I feel your pain! Mornings are NOT my friend. But I have to clock-in regardless.

    One tip I have for you ... get everything ready-to-go the night before so you can get in those last few minutes of sleep in the morning.
  • 3 days ago

    RE: I can't get up in the morning!

    Your circadian rhythm is off. This is the rhythm that keeps your body regulated as to day and night.
    As I don't know t time you have to be at work or how long your commute is, I am guessing that approximately one hour to get ready, shower, dress, drive to work, and clock in.
    You really need approximately an hour and 45 minutes to do this and wake up properly. That way you can have your morning drink of choice, breakfast and take your time driving in, instead of rushing around like a chicken with its head cut off.
    Assuming you start work at 9am. You need to be in bed by NO LATER than 10:30pm Sunday night through Thursday night. And no later than midnight on Friday and Saturday nights. Do not drink alcohol during the week, it can impact the way you sleep. One hour before you go to bed, write down anything that is on you mind, worries about work, or things that come up that you may need to be added to your grocery list. Make your lunch for tomorrow, if you take it with you, keep a notebook and a pen or pencil by your chair and beside your bed, if something pops into your head, a concern or whatever, quickly jot it down so it doesn't become something you dwell on while you are trying to go to sleep.
    If you like to read, and you have an e-reader, put your background on light grey and your letters on black and then lower your brightness until you can still read without straining your eyes but it's not as bright as you would want it in the middle of the day.
    As soon as you start getting tired, go to bed. Then off all the lights. If you need to go to the bathroom in the middle of the night, don't put on any lights if you can avoid it. It will break your sleep pattern more easily. When you get into bed, do not lie there staring at the ceiling for hours on end. Get up if you are unable to fall asleep after about 20 minutes.
    Try to finish each reading session at the end of a chapter. Drink some warm milk or hot decaf herbal tea, NOT hot chocolate the caffeine can keep you awake. If you are able, sometimes having an orgasm will help too. As soon as you feel sleepy get back into bed. Keep trying until you fall asleep.
    Get up when the first alarm goes off. Put your alarm clock across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Then get straight into the shower. Keep the water a little cooler than you normally would for the first minute or two, this will help your body to circulate your blood a little faster to warm you up, and will also give you a little jump start, slowly warm the shower water up, then proceed with your shower.
    Keep with this for at least a month. You will eventually retrain your body to follow this pattern.
    Good luck and God Bless.