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Old 01-26-2010, 06:33 AM
 
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Because of my job I have to get up at 2:30 am. I arrive at work by 3:30am. I go to bed about 7p. But this gets me at least 7 hours of sleep. Usually by 6 I am so tied I can't wait to get to bed.

The key is, if you are trying to rise earlier, you need to do it everyday. Sleeping in some days or weekends will destroy sleep schedules. I have weekends off, but I still get up pretty early-5am. This makes getting to bed Sunday easy.

I have been on this schedule for years. I can make it work, but you never get totally used to it.
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Old 01-26-2010, 06:39 AM
 
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I get up every morning at 530 - going to bed by 9-930. Guess I have just adapted. Around 515 or so my body warms up and I have to throw off the covers. I am trying to force myself to walk every morning before work.

I think some of it is age. I am in my 50s and never understood why my parents went to bed so early. Now I do.

Routine helps a lot. Reading for about 15 minutes seems to do it for me.
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:49 AM
 
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Because of my job I have to get up at 2:30 am. I arrive at work by 3:30am. I go to bed about 7p. But this gets me at least 7 hours of sleep. Usually by 6 I am so tied I can't wait to get to bed.

The key is, if you are trying to rise earlier, you need to do it everyday. Sleeping in some days or weekends will destroy sleep schedules. I have weekends off, but I still get up pretty early-5am. This makes getting to bed Sunday easy.

I have been on this schedule for years. I can make it work, but you never get totally used to it.
I hear you...my alarm goes off at 3:30am and I have to be at work at 5:00 am. I get up pretty close to the same time even on weekends. I was never an early person...I only do it because I have to because of my job.
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:36 AM
 
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I hear you...my alarm goes off at 3:30am and I have to be at work at 5:00 am. I get up pretty close to the same time even on weekends. I was never an early person...I only do it because I have to because of my job.

This has actually changed me to a morning person. After all these years, it would kill me to work at night!
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Old 01-26-2010, 09:42 AM
 
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For me it doesnt matter when i go to sleep. Im always up and ready at 6AM . I can go to sleep at 2 AM and it doesnt matter. Its like i have a timer in my head that tells me its time to start the day.

Drink one cup of coffee in the morning. If you drink more it will make you tired as you end your day.
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Old 01-26-2010, 11:53 AM
 
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I can go to sleep at 2 AM and it doesnt matter.
Wish I were like that. You don't feel sleepy/tired during the day? Can you still do productive work?
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Old 01-26-2010, 07:12 PM
 
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Not to be discouraging, but just to point out that it's different for every person I have NEVER been able to adjust to waking up early. Just like some people can go to bed however late and still wake up at 6am feeling fine... I can go to bed however early and if I have to wake up before 8:30/9am I am groggy the whole day. I've tried sticking with the same early to bed/early to rise routine all week, even on weekends, tried everything, but even with 10 hours of sleep if I have to get up early I feel like crap.

So, I'm not trying to discourage, you should follow all the good advice in this thread... but if after a couple months you still can't get used to it, know that that's just how it is for some people.

Good luck though, I know plenty of people that HAVE gotten used to it!
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Old 01-26-2010, 10:05 PM
 
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I have a question about this topic, I want to get up early and go to bed early however my internal clock says differently, I can not sleep before midnight usually 1 am then I wake at 8:30 am. this bothers me, I dont have to be up early but feel I get more done if I do. I do have a bedtime routine, but it doesnt matter how early I force myself to get up, I will still go to bed at midnight. Any suggestions?
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Old 01-27-2010, 10:35 AM
 
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It would not be my choice to do so, but some people who have trouble falling asleep use melatonin. I don't know anything about how much to use or how long to use it though.
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Old 01-27-2010, 12:49 PM
 
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I like gardener 34 get by on about 6 to 7 hours a night. I am usually in bed by 11 and get up at 4:30 to go to the gym with my hubby. I am now so conditioned that I get up early even on the weekends.
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