20-Somethings - Issues Getting Out of Bed?




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vertigoskyy
06-02-2009, 08:42 AM
Anyone else have issues getting out of bed & going in the morning?

Or has anyone found a good way to make yourself get up in the morning??

Today was the first day I've actually been up ON TIME in a long long time. I had time for my 30 minute boxing workout AND breakfast [english muffin, 2 tbsp peanut butter, & 4oz OJ = 365 calories] AND can get ready without rushing around like a mad woman. I'm showered, my hair will actually be tamed & I'll be wearing makeup for work. THIS IS SO MUCH BETTER than waking up 10 minutes before I have to be to work. Leaving me 8 minutes to get ready & 2 minutes to walk there. I LOVE IT.

But I know tomorrow I'm going to have the same problem as I always do. I hit my snooze 50 times, don't want to get out of bed, curl back up under the covers. I was only up on time today because I didn't go to bed last night.

So any suggestions on getting out of bed on time in the morning? I've been trying to figure it out for years.


BellyLicious
06-02-2009, 09:10 AM
It's tough, but just try to get up as soon as you hear your alarm clock. Don't start thinking about how cosy and warm the covers are, don't think how you'd want to stay in bed for just a while longer.... You have to get up anyway, so you'd better get it done instead of postponing and whining.
At least, that's what my man says :D

I need some more practice at it myself ;)

Hyacinth
06-02-2009, 09:17 AM
Ha! If I knew the answer to this I'd sell it and be rich! I've struggled with this for YEARS. A few thoughts ... some of which have worked for me and some which are just wishful thinking:

Put your coffee pot on a timer, so it is brewed shortly after you wake up. The smell of a good cup of coffee might get you motivated!

Get a bedroom with eastern-facing windows, so you get sunlight first thing in the morning (although this sucks when you WANT to sleep in).

Start going to bed earlier.

Post this quote next to your bed, so you see it first thing in the morning: "Awake, arise, or forever be fallen." -- Milton


HeatherMcG
06-02-2009, 10:00 AM
My doctor mentioned that having a hard time getting up may be low blood sugar or insulin resistance. Have you ever been checked? Just a thought. But, I would put my money on now its more of a habit to sleep in than to get up on time. I think if you treat this like any other bad habit, you can conquer it! You go girl! :)

mayness
06-02-2009, 10:01 AM
Put your alarm clock wayyy across the room, so that in order to hit snooze, you're already up and walking and it probably won't seem worth it.

bacilli
06-02-2009, 10:03 AM
Go to bed 30 minutes earlier for a week. Then the next week, go to bed another 30 minutes earlier. Keep doing that until you are able to get up easily in the morning. Chances are, you're not getting enough sleep. Not everyone needs 8-9 hours, but if you modify sleep time a bit at a time, you can find the right amount for you. That's what I had to do, and found 5 hours a night wasn't enough, I need about 6 1/2.

Thighs Be Gone
06-02-2009, 10:04 AM
vertigo, go to sleep earlier in the evening! :)

I used to be a complete night owl. The problem I had was eating late at night so I started going to sleep earlier--around ten usually. Now, it's no problem getting up @ 6 to exercise.

Shannon in ATL
06-02-2009, 10:14 AM
Vertigo - I'm struggling with it, too. I got into a good exercise in the AM groove for a while, got off track in Jan & Feb and have never gotten back on. My problem is that I want to stay up a little later and still get up early to exercise! :)

The alarm clock across the room has worked for me in the past.

RubyGuggenheim
06-02-2009, 12:59 PM
I think getting out of bed is like not eating a cookie or not having a cigarette (if you're a smoker trying to quit). You know you're going to feel like crap for the next few minutes because you really want to sleep/eat/smoke, but in the end you just do it and you feel better for it.

L R K
06-02-2009, 01:00 PM
Put your alarm clock wayyy across the room, so that in order to hit snooze, you're already up and walking and it probably won't seem worth it.
This is a great idea! I may just try it out! :D

spikedpunch
06-02-2009, 01:06 PM
Nothing I've ever tried has gotten me out of bed in the morning. I've tried the alarm clock across the room, I've tried going to bed earlier (I just wind up laying there for hours before I finally fall asleep), I've tried telling myself the night before that under no circumstances will I lay in bed after the alarm. But none of those have worked, so I've just decided that I'm never going to be one of those people who exercises in the morning. I love the rare days when I actually have time to get ready at a leisurely pace in the morning, but it almost never happens for me.

JulieJ08
06-02-2009, 01:16 PM
Go to bed 30 minutes earlier for a week. Then the next week, go to bed another 30 minutes earlier. Keep doing that until you are able to get up easily in the morning. Chances are, you're not getting enough sleep. Not everyone needs 8-9 hours, but if you modify sleep time a bit at a time, you can find the right amount for you. That's what I had to do, and found 5 hours a night wasn't enough, I need about 6 1/2.

Do whatever works for you, but trying to reset my internal clock by going to bed earlier never worked for me. I mean, if I wasn't tired yet, I wasn't going to be able to sleep earlier just because I was in bed. But if I progressively got up earlier, going to bed earlier naturally followed because I was tired and sleepy. And actually, for me, just getting up a lot earlier all at once reset my clock faster and was overall less painful than trying to do it gradually. But that probably varies with different people.

grneyedmustang
06-02-2009, 02:02 PM
Nothing I've ever tried has gotten me out of bed in the morning. I've tried the alarm clock across the room, I've tried going to bed earlier (I just wind up laying there for hours before I finally fall asleep), I've tried telling myself the night before that under no circumstances will I lay in bed after the alarm. But none of those have worked, so I've just decided that I'm never going to be one of those people who exercises in the morning. I love the rare days when I actually have time to get ready at a leisurely pace in the morning, but it almost never happens for me.

You're not the only one. I don't think I'll ever be a morning person.

DRose
06-02-2009, 03:34 PM
I have the worst time with this. I find myself never wanting to go to bed and I can't get up in the morning. Currently I've been staying up til 3-4am, then getting up at 9am for class. I then fall asleep after my morning class and miss my afternoon classes. I know going to bed at 3-4am is not a good thing, but even when I go to bed at 10 or 11 I still feel really tired. The only reason I can even get myself up is that attendance is required for my 10am Tuesday, Thursday class. However, I haven't regularly gone to my Monday, Wednesday 10am in weeks. Luckily summer is coming!! But I'm taking summer courses :(

NishKitten
06-02-2009, 03:34 PM
Get a cat. I'm up by 7 every day. :mad:

JulieJ08
06-02-2009, 03:38 PM
Get a cat. I'm up by 7 every day. :mad:

Wow, not that's a cat that sleeps in way later than any cat I ever lived with :)

NishKitten
06-02-2009, 03:42 PM
Wow, not that's a cat that sleeps in way later than any cat I ever lived with :)

LoL. My cats go to bed at 9p.m. They usually get up around 6, but they want breakfast by 6:30. I don't typically want to get up at that time so they literally trample, poke, and holler at me until I do.

aneleh
06-02-2009, 06:59 PM
lol @ the cats!

I always seem to wake up without an alarm at like 5:30 or 6am (my alarm goes off at 6:30) and if I actually get up at that time, I'm not tired at all. But then if I go back to sleep after that I feel so much more tired later on! I don't know why, maybe the sleep cycle is over and you wake up, and then if you go back to sleep you may wake up in the middle of another cycle?

Secret Swan
06-03-2009, 11:44 PM
I have so much trouble with this I sometimes sleep on the couch to make sure I am uncomfortable enough to wake up. I thought getting a dog might finally resolve this, but I usually have to coax him out of bed, the lazy bum.

Some things that work:
Drink a ton of water before bed. Your bladder is a great alarm clock.
Set your alarm to the radio, put it on static, and turn the volume all the way up. I save that for when I am flying in the morning because it is a horrible way to wake up.
Get an alarm with a complicated snooze. Or now they sell one that rolls around the room. I bet that would be great.

Hyacinth
06-03-2009, 11:54 PM
Or try one of these:

http://www.sourcingmap.com/crazy-flying-helicopter-digital-alarm-clock-children-gift-p-24687.html

:D

vertigoskyy
06-04-2009, 12:05 AM
Put your alarm clock wayyy across the room, so that in order to hit snooze, you're already up and walking and it probably won't seem worth it.

Sadly, I've tried this, gotten up, shut off the alarm, and went back to bed, I'm pathetic.



As for going to bed earlier as many mentioned. I've tried...1) I can't go to sleep until I'm tired, I'll just lay there wide away until I'm tired. 2) I've tried different times, from 3 hours to 14 hours, getting up is never any easier.


I'm thinking about trying this:
http://www.hammacher.com/publish/70460.asp?source=FROOGLE#
(http://www.hammacher.com/publish/70460.asp?source=FROOGLE#)
I've read a lot of good reviews about it.

cheercoach0101
06-04-2009, 12:26 AM
im like that as well. I have gotten to the point where i put my alarm on the other side of the room and i keep my curtains open. That way, when my alarm goes off, i physically have to get out of bed to turn it off and since the curtains are already open, it keeps me from crawling back into bed.
sad but true lol

cheercoach0101
06-04-2009, 12:26 AM
ive just read the post above. nevermind lol

BulldogLuvr
06-04-2009, 08:19 AM
I have *always* had this problem. I used to put my alarm on the other side of the room, but guess what? I would still get up, hit snooze, and then slide back into bed. Just have all of your workout stuff laid out the night before and as you're laying in bed, keep telling yourself that you'll get up in the morning when the alarm goes off. I still hit the snooze once or twice, but I have now been able to get up early for 4 days straight. Good luck!

Shannon in ATL
06-04-2009, 11:27 AM
Vertigo - I had one of those Peaceful Progression clocks for years and I loved it. I never used the scent beads though. The only problem I had was that I often got up after the sun was up so I didn't notice the light coming on and increasing. :)
Sadly, mine shorted out from a static shock and I've never replaced it.

glutio
06-04-2009, 12:43 PM
I have close to 13 years of sleep problems behind me (and I'm only 28!) but my hours seem to be changing over the last few years. I'm still tired all the time, although exercise seems to be helping a LOT with my sleep. I still struggle to want to be awake in the mornings, but it's actually been a lot easier to get up the last week since I started exercising regularly. We probably have 5 alarms that go off in the morning, but once my cell phone goes off, I'm actually getting up. Even some this week, I've been getting up BEFORE my phone, after the first alarm goes off!

The alarm clock that I use is great because the beeping changes instead of having a steady beat. The tone lengths change, the space between tones change. It really helps me to keep that noise from getting integrated into my dreams. It's an iHome from a few years ago, so I don't know if they still have that kind of beep, but it's been great for me.

Creeech
06-04-2009, 05:40 PM
I've had sleeping problems for years, due to late night gaming (and I mean LATE!) I used to stay up until 7 or 8 in the morning and then sleep until 2 during my days off from class. You have to gradually fix your schedule, it's not going to happen over night. I would sleep through alarm clocks, I even set it to ring at 8 separate times on my phone! Exercise helps a lot when it comes to getting back on track. I second the suggestions of sleeping half an hour early every day to see what amount of sleep is right for you. Obviously your body is trying to tell you something..just listen to it and you'll find your answer :]

stargzr
06-06-2009, 12:03 AM
Over the years I have found that I have to get up right when the alarm clock goes off. If I lie in bed after switching it off, I will fall asleep again. Then as soon as I get up I go straight in the shower to wake me up. From there it's always smooth sailing.

Taylor86
06-06-2009, 10:46 AM
Get a dog. I am up at 6:30 everyday.

net knee
06-11-2009, 02:45 AM
I recently got a verilux rise and shine lamp. http://www.amazon.com/Verilux-Shine-Natural-Deluxe-Bedside/dp/B000F97B6M
It works pretty well but put it away from your bed because you can just hit snooze like all others and it shuts the light off...
In college I could set my tv to turn on at a certain time and i set it to a music channel like heavy metal and turned it way up! It scared my a** out of bed! You can try turning your tv on when you get up and setting it to a music channel turned up loud so you can't fall back asleep...
I have the same problems and mine was found to be depression... make sure you see a doctor if you're constantly tired even after plenty of sleep... Good luck!

KnitALisa
06-11-2009, 09:46 AM
Man, this makes me feel old. Back in the "day," when I was 18-19, I could subsist on only a couple hours of sleep. Now (at the very advanced age of 22 ;)), I need 8 hours. Minimum. 9 is better. It's hard, I keep trying to get in bed by 10 but that's been epic fail these past couple of days.

Taylor86
06-11-2009, 11:08 AM
I am right there with ya! I need 8 or 9 hours.

I get sooo thrown off if I am out late drinking or stay up reading past 11. Just so totally thrown off.

And I nap. I try to get in at least an hour a day...

I heart sleep.