September 13, 2008 8:52 pm at 8:52 pm #588203
Any ideas/tricks that work to get yourself out of bed in the morning? Ever since I remember, I’ve had a hard time waking up in the morning whether it’s 6 am or 11 am. Any ideas? It’s Ellul, perfect timing…September 14, 2008 1:22 am at 1:22 am #683509
Early to bed…
Joseph, I assume you mean early in the AM.September 14, 2008 1:25 am at 1:25 am #683510
Hi intellegent. Best advice is to go to bed earlier. Even if you are in the middle of something important, it is better to get the extra sleep, and have a better day the whole next day. Sacrifice one hour for an extra 16 good hours tomorrow.
Ben Franklin was right, that early to bed and early to rise makes one healthy wealthy and wise. Even if it is the same amount of hours, but when you go to bed early, you sleep better because you are not as afraid of oversleeping and missing something important, and then naturally you will get up earlier, and be on time and not so rushed, and more refreshed.
I also need this mussar, but I know from experience that late nights are very bad for general productivity.September 14, 2008 2:08 am at 2:08 am #683511
Do you exercise at all? I have read this helps you sleep well.September 14, 2008 2:11 am at 2:11 am #683512
If you have a job you have no choice but to get up…September 14, 2008 4:06 am at 4:06 am #683513
I excersise almost every night, I feel that it keeps me up longer, I fell after a good workout, I have more energy but that id just me, am I doing somthing wrong?September 14, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am #683514
Exercising at night might be your problem, it is “keeping you up longer”. I know if I exercise at night it gets me energized and wired and I can’t go to sleep. Try switching to exercising in the morning. If you really want to help yourself you have to make some life style changes.September 14, 2008 1:04 pm at 1:04 pm #683515
Don’t exercise in the evening, limit caffeine after noon, and as far as doing anything involving a screen – TV (ch”v) or computer – don’t do it too close to bedtime either as it can be stimulating.September 15, 2008 1:02 pm at 1:02 pm #683516
1) Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room. This makes you get up and wake up some to turn it off (so you cant just roll over and go to back to sleep)
2) Shower in the morning – get out of bed and shower! It will wake you up.
3) If the alarm clock on the other side of the room doesnt work, get the alarm clocks for deaf people. They are REALLY LOUD and they vibrate the bed. Its so annoying that you cannot go back to sleep.
4) Make a morning committment (if you dont have a job) so that you are obligated to be somewhere. For example, set up a chavrusa or volunteer to help an elderly person in the morning. Nothing gets you out of bed better than an obligation.September 15, 2008 1:16 pm at 1:16 pm #683517
Have someone dump a bucket of cold water on your head. For added measure make sure there are a dozen or so ice-cubes in the bucket.
Works every time!September 15, 2008 4:22 pm at 4:22 pm #683518
If you don’t sleep well or snore it might be worth it to having a sleep study done. I had one and got a CPAP, I sleep much better and don’t snore, which means that my wife sleeps better too. I also have a lot more energy.September 15, 2008 4:48 pm at 4:48 pm #683519
If you know your priorties, you’ll have no prob getting up! Still not easy, but possible.September 15, 2008 5:37 pm at 5:37 pm #683520
Intellegent. Your problem may be with your “quality” of sleep, rather than “quantity”. Good healthy sleepers need very few hours as they reach the adequate level of REM during sleep.
I am not a sleep expert, but I also have a tendency to wake up extremely tired and I developed some helpful techniques for myself which may help you as well.
Here are some ideas:
* Exercise for 15 minutes every day. Break out in a sweat. Anything less than that and you’re not really exercising. Do not exercise within 3 hours of going to sleep;
* Do not eat anything sweet after dinner. No candies, no apples.
* Make sure your bed is solid. No squeaking and banging against the wall. Otherwise, when you turn in the middle of your sleep, you wake up for a split moment from the ruckus you make;
* Try very hard to keep to a rigid sleep schedule. Even on Shabbos and Sunday. Go to sleep and wake up at approximately the same time every day;
* Do not take a nap Shabbos afternoon for longer than 1/2 hour – and never late in the afternoon. Be up and about by 2:00 – 2:30;
* Room should be dark and cool. Your A/C should work 365 days a year. Put it on fan or low cool;
* Soft white noise. A/C will accomplish this;
* Do not listen to loud music before going to sleep;
I hope that some or all of the above will help you too. Good luck.September 16, 2008 10:54 am at 10:54 am #683521
They do have a job. It’s called “????? ?????” 🙂September 16, 2008 8:09 pm at 8:09 pm #683522
Only time I have to excersize is at night, any ideas what else to do to cool off?September 17, 2008 6:47 pm at 6:47 pm #683523
This is a serious reply: Drink a glass of water before going to bed. You’ll have to get up in the morning; just don’t go back to bed.September 17, 2008 6:53 pm at 6:53 pm #683524
LeiderLeider… : Thanks so much, in the past few years i always wake up
groggy not fully refreshed, i’ll start trying ur ideas.September 17, 2008 7:10 pm at 7:10 pm #683525
cherrybim! I thought of that you should know and have done it before, it really works!
BTW, I have a job only problem is it starts at 4 pm and ends at 12pm-1pm! (At home) but my question still stands as I allow myself to sleep late but would still like to get up by 10September 17, 2008 7:58 pm at 7:58 pm #683526
4pm – 1pm??
or 1am?September 17, 2008 8:04 pm at 8:04 pm #683527
I meant 1 am!September 17, 2008 8:46 pm at 8:46 pm #683528
“Only time I have to excersize is at night, any ideas what else to do to cool off?” What do you mean cool off? Do you have trouble sleeping because you exercise in the evenings? I like to read in bed, that relaxes me so I fall asleep. Boruch Hashem for kosher lamps, now I can read friday night in bed on Shabbat as well!!!September 19, 2008 3:40 am at 3:40 am #683529
shindy, I mean to say, like I said above after I work out I have more energy and it keeps me up. I was asking if you had any ideas as to how to get rid of that energy quicker, as too then being able to go to sleep sooner…April 19, 2010 10:57 pm at 10:57 pm #683530
The other morning my father woke me up very early (for me, at least, like 6 AM). I don’t know why, but I got out of bed, went straight to the bathroom and threw up. While I was in the bathroom, I heard my father say, “He must be allergic to waking up early!!!”April 20, 2010 1:09 am at 1:09 am #683531
Some people have low blood pressure in the morning which causes them to feel like a chunk of lead and prevents their eyes from staying open long enough to get up. This is especially common among pregnant women, but it can happen to anyone. Check your blood pressure upon awakening; if that’s your problem, consult your doctor. Drinking more fluids is usually recommended, but there may be other eitzos.April 20, 2010 2:41 am at 2:41 am #683532
tomim tihye, haven’t seen you around recently. Welcome back!April 20, 2010 3:06 am at 3:06 am #683533
Don’t exercise or use any electronics within an hour or two of going to bed. Also, you can listen to soft music (I got a heter to listen during sfira cuz of problems falling asleep) on an ipod (although some say that they ruin your hearing). Also don’t get an alarm clock with a snooze button. I have one without it and so if I want to go back to sleep for even five minutes by the time I reset it i am fully awake.April 20, 2010 4:56 pm at 4:56 pm #683534
Thanks, d a, I finally caught my tail. (IOW, been busy.)April 20, 2010 9:47 pm at 9:47 pm #683535
do you snore? have you been feeling blue for a while? Difficulty in waking can be a symptom of sleep problems or depression. Be sure to rule those out.
There is also now an alarm clock that sets a small spring-wound helicopter in flight. The only way to turn the alarm off is to hit the button on that helicopter, which is usually on the other side of the room.April 21, 2010 2:33 am at 2:33 am #683536
ronsr the alarm clock is great is it sold overseas?April 21, 2010 4:31 am at 4:31 am #683537
Here Down Under they sell a barking alarm clock, that one needs to press a button to stop the Bull Dog from barking and you are awake in order to do so.April 21, 2010 12:11 pm at 12:11 pm #683538
the helicopter alarm clocks work but they are soooo annoying!! the piece flew under my desk and i couldn’t find it for around 5 minutes….it sure woke me up 🙂April 21, 2010 2:11 pm at 2:11 pm #683539
Was there something in the air today that I just couldn’t get out of of bed?April 21, 2010 9:02 pm at 9:02 pm #683540
smartcookie, there is something in the air every morning in my room!!!April 23, 2010 4:46 am at 4:46 am #683541
The helicopter alarm clocks are manufactured, as everything is these days, in China, and should be available around the world.
For a start, search for “helicopter alarm clock” on eBay.April 23, 2010 8:02 am at 8:02 am #683542
YW Moderator-80MemberApril 23, 2010 12:54 pm at 12:54 pm #683543
Intelligent – I really hope for your sake that now a year later you have it easier getting up in the morning.Just some ideas:
Make your days exciting – Fill your days with enjoyable tasks.
Do something with a friend – learning, baking, exercise.
You can be there to help eldely neighbours.
When people rely on you and you take it on happily you will be eager to get up in the morning. HatzlochoApril 23, 2010 4:44 pm at 4:44 pm #683544
“I really hope for your sake that now a year later you have it easier getting up in the morning”
Belive me, a year can go by without fixing this crazy problem!April 23, 2010 5:35 pm at 5:35 pm #683545
I can only tryMember
Flying Alarm Clock – now available for only USD $7.99 (short time only special)
Gut ShabbosApril 23, 2010 6:23 pm at 6:23 pm #683547April 25, 2010 6:55 pm at 6:55 pm #683548
chofetzchaim, is that through RSA?April 26, 2010 12:39 am at 12:39 am #683549
I had a problem waking up in the morning and this was regardless of how many hours I would sleep. I had a problem that I could not fall into a deep enough sleep and this was solved by taking melatonin.April 26, 2010 1:07 am at 1:07 am #683550
alarm clock on the other side of the room never helps. i just walk to the other side, close it and go back to sleepApril 26, 2010 9:29 pm at 9:29 pm #683551
realtalk, I was thinking of taking drugs but am worried about getting addicted, and stam of taking medicine.
goody613, I do and say some pretty weird things in the morning. I can wake up, stand up, talk and then fall back asleep. And when I wake up again, I have no recollection of my earlier morning.April 27, 2010 2:58 am at 2:58 am #683552April 27, 2010 5:54 am at 5:54 am #683553
An alarm clock (to be a good one) needs a loud alarm, so when it rings it wakes you out of sleep mode.
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