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Old 01-25-2010, 01:16 PM
 
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Been striving to make a habit of early rise and early sleep, to no avail. My problem is less about how to get up early: you can always force yourself to do so. My problem is that if I get up too early, it ruins my whole day--I will be sleepy all day and can't do anything productive.

Any successful experiences shared will be appreciated
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:00 PM
 
Location: Santa Cruz, CA
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Been striving to make a habit of early rise and early sleep, to no avail. My problem is less about how to get up early: you can always force yourself to do so. My problem is that if I get up too early, it ruins my whole day--I will be sleepy all day and can't do anything productive.

Any successful experiences shared will be appreciated
If you sleep well and also know how many hours you need a night in order to feel rested the next day, then why not schedule your bedtime accordingly?
If you need 8 hours and need to get up by 7 a.m. then go to bed by 10:00 or 10:30 p.m. so you can get to sleep by around 11:00 p.m..
What am i missing?
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:11 PM
 
Location: Neither here nor there
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I agree. Just try and get 1-2 hours of sleep before midnight and then sleep for whatever your normal sleeping time is. I like 8-9 hours sleep and I'm in bed between 10 and 11. I wake up between 6:30 and 7:30 every morning, which is plenty "early" for me.
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:17 PM
 
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Like others said, if you need 7 hours of sleep and want to get up at 5, you have to be asleep by 10. Need 8 hours? Be asleep by 9.

Limit computer screen time in the evening and cut it out completely an hour before bed.

Start a bedtime routine that is the same every night so it signals your body that it is time to slow down.

Make your bed only for sleeping if you have trouble falling asleep.

Reading in bed helps me fall asleep if there is a lot going on in my head and its hard to shut down.

Dim the lights, make the room dark, etc...esp in the summer if you live at a northern latitude or above 66N.

Not sure how early you want to rise but there is a time in the evening when it is hard for the average adult to sleep, according to sleep research. So if you want to be up at 2am, going to bed at 6 or 7 might not work out well. Which is why shift workers often have issues.
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Old 01-25-2010, 03:56 PM
 
Location: Dallas TX
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Just keep getting up early, it may take weeks to get used to the new schedule, but once you are on it, you'll get used to it!
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:09 PM
 
Location: Tampa, FL
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For me I can only get up so early. If I get up with the sun I feel great even if I didn't get as much sleep as I'd like. If I have to get up while it's still dark outside it ruins me, I am grumpy and tired all day, even if I had plenty of sleep.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:17 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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I don't like getting up early no matter how early I go to bed. I like 8-10 hours. I go to bed at 9 and get up at 6. I sleep in on the days I don't work. 6 Hours I feel like crap and do not seem to recover well during the day. I also have trouble falling asleep so I am taking meds for that. I can lay there 2 -3 hours before I fall asleep. It is terrible, I hate when that happens.
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Old 01-25-2010, 04:27 PM
 
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Thanks for the replies . I did try (more than once) to "shift" my sleep to earlier, but it never worked for more than 2 days. The most recent time, I got up before 7, felt miserable all day, so I went to bed at 9pm, only to wake up the next day at 1PM , 16 straight hours of sound sleep

P.S. tasmtairy: your going to bed at 9 and getting up at 6 is early for me.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:05 PM
 
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For me, sleep is highly overrated. I guess all those years getting up with babies has made me need less sleep permanently. Also I have always had dogs and they need to get out in the AM - the sooner the better.
I get 6-7 hours only per night. Some nights I feel I need more when I am getting a cold or something. I rarely sleep more than 8 and rarely get up later than 6:30am even on the weekends. Everyone is different.
I do read before bed.
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Old 01-25-2010, 08:15 PM
 
Location: Mayberry
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Not tonight, look it is alread way post my bed time and I can't sleep and have to get up at 6 to 6:30 latest!! I'll be ok if I go right now and fall asleep quick.!
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