I’ve struggled with insomnia my entire life (and I mean my entire life – my parents still tell the horror stories of keeping everyone awake all night during my infancy) so getting up in the morning at all has been a huge hurdle, much less getting up feeling good.
To date, the best solution I’ve found is to just make accommodations in my life that allow me to fall asleep whenever my body wants and wake up whenever my body wants. But given the fact that the rest of the world does not operate on this schedule – it causes a few problems to say the least, and I could use some more helpful advice.
So what do the sound and not-so-sound sleepers of Reddit have to say? Let’s get going.
1. The 5 second rule.
There’s a good TED talk out there about the 5 second rule.
Basically if you want to get out of bed (or do anything you are procrastinating about) you have to act within 5 seconds otherwise your brain will just kill the idea.
If you make a promise to yourself you will count down from 5 and always act when you get to 1, it forces you into action.
Sounds silly but it helps me get out of bed I am 100% not a morning person.
Also hydrating with water before you do anything else helps lift the grogginess.
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2. “Just do it.”
I have asked my husband this, because no matter what, I always wake up feeling like death and need to hit snooze 10 times and he instantly bolts out of bed with one alarm.
He says, ‘I just do it.’ Very helpful.
3. Step 1: just be a super deep sleeper.
My husband is like that. He goes to bed at 3am (gaming until he feels tired) and wakes up at 7:30am ready to go.
I feel like a zombie even after 8 hours of sleep.
I notice the difference is the quality of sleep. Once he is asleep, he can’t hear anything. The floor could collapse and he will just continue to sleep in the rubble. He also has no memory of his dreams. Whereas I jolt awake at the slightest sound. And I always remember my dreams which makes me feel mentally tired as well.
Like, dude I just killed a bunch of terrorists or panicked through an unprepared exam, now I need to go to work? Literally give me a break.
4. Get moving.
Not laying in bed awake has helped me.
I set 2 alarms, one next to me and one across the room to make sure I get out of bed within 10 minutes of waking.
It helps me feel less sleepy in the mornings
5. Have a reason.
The best way for me to get up fast is having something to do, like school or work that morning.
It’s much easier to get up when you’re on a timer to get ready by X o clock, I mainly struggle to get out of bed when I have nothing to do that day.
6. Try working nights.
On second shift I’ve been able to practice natural rising for the first time in my life. It feels incredible.
I get up a couple hours before my shift and have plenty of time to get ready/d**k around/read a book.
By the time I get to work I’m feeling alert and ready for the day.
7. The checklist.
1. Read a real book for 30 minutes before bed.
2. At least 8 hours of sleep.
3. Alarm sound is chill but not too chill that I sleep through it (Samsung’s Ringtone Neon works well for me).
4. Comfortable sheets, not that threadbare crap IKEA sells.
8. Check for sleep apnea.
Try a sleep study you may have sleep apnea and a CPAP machine may help. It changed my life and I was only 27 when I started using. With no other changes I lost 20kg, had boundless energy, improved health and most importantly my better half got much better sleep from me not snoring and moving.
Slim 19 year women or 55 year old obese men can both have Obstructed Sleep Apnea so don’t assume you are to young or too skinny.
9. Go toward the light.
It isn‘t always easy, but for me having a lamp set on a timer to wake me up instead of a noisy alarm has helped a ton.
I have my normal alarm set a few minutes later just in case, but usually the light wakes me up in a non-aggressive way and then I have a couple minutes to chill before my alarm goes off and I need to get up.
10. Make your own hours.
I work from home and make my own hours.
I go to bed when I’m tired and I wake up whenever I happen to wake up.
I have to set an alarm maybe 5-10 times a year for meetings, flights, etc, on those days I hate everyone and everything that has ever existed.
11. This one is just insanity.
Workday starts at 8:00am, I wake up at 4:15 and have a little routine that includes listening to books, some stretching, a bit of cleaning and making coffee (don’t check the phone unless I have an important notification).
That little routine in the morning is what gives me sanity, at 8:00am the world starts collapsing but I come from achieving a couple of things while most people were sleeping.
12. Talk to your doctor.
Started a new medicine for my adhd.
No, really. I started a new medicine since my other one was causing issues, and it’s allowed me to develop an actual sleep pattern.
I actually get tired at night now, and most of the time I wake up without my alarm in the morning.
It’s pretty nice, I feel like a different person but like, in a good way. 😂
13. Diet and exercise.
I’m 34, ever since turning 30 I had started creaking and groaning out of bed like an old man, until last year I started losing weight and getting in shape.
The first benefit I noticed, maybe 4-6 weeks after starting (ie. long before seeing any noticeable physical changes) was that my back and knees had stopped aching, and I was jumping out of bed first thing in the morning like I was 15 again. It was wonderful.
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14. A quality mattress.
I never realized how big of an issue it was for me to sleep on a crappy mattress until I decided to spring for one that I’m actually comfortable on.
I didn’t go crazy expensive, but it was a fairly big purchase to me at the time. Well worth it, though.
15. Try to avoid having a terrible job.
When I had a good job that I enjoyed and a good manager I could trust and all that, life was good and I had no problems sleeping at night or waking up in the morning. I looked forward to each day so when I woke up I got out of bed to get it started.
Now my job is s**t and I have ‘superiors’ I can’t trust so I often end up working excessively late for no logical reason and I have problems falling asleep, in part because I don’t want to fall asleep because when I wake up there will be a new days with more utter BS, and when I do wake up obviously I don’t want to be awake.
I could see myself trying…some of those. Probably not the ones that involve buying a bunch of nice things.
What’s your best advice?
Hit us up with it in the comments.