I have the same issue! It definitely helps to make sure you're getting to bed on time... if I go to bed early it's a lot easier to get up feeling rested.
Also, it can be useful when setting your alarm at night to consider why you're setting it for when you are. Run through your morning in your head, and think about everything you want to do, and how relaxing it will be to do it without being stressed. Keeping this in mind will give you more reason to get up when the alarm first goes off.
When I'm really in a funk and can't stop hitting snooze, I end up moving my alarm clock (or using my phone alarm) and placing it across the room so I physically have to get out of bed to turn it off or hit snooze. This works especially well in the winter because getting out from under the warm blankets is the hardest part.
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1/25/14 12:57 P
I, like you, made a resolution to wake up earlier every morning. I'm doing it not because I'm rushed, but because I want to get 20 minutes of exercise in before I start my day. I normally woke up at 4:50 every morning to give me plenty of time to get ready and make and eat a healthy breakfast to be at work by 7am. When I decided to exercise in the morning, I initially woke up 30 minutes earlier but found myself, like you, changing the time on my alarm clock. Instead, I gave up the initial idea of exercising right away and am just trying to get used to getting up at an earlier time.
I set my alarm clock for five minutes earlier than I had been getting up. When the alarm went off, I still wanted to hit the snooze, but instead of going back to sleep, I turned on a light and the tv. A week later when the alarm went off, I actually got out of bed. I had no desire to hit snooze.
Since I was used to getting up five minutes earlier I then set my alarm clock for five more minutes earlier. Once I get used to that, I'll continue setting my alarm for five minutes earlier until I get to the time I initially wanted to get up. It may take a while before I truly start what I wanted to, but at least this way I think I'll be more successful.
I'm finding it's easier to reach my goal, like with my new healthy lifestyle, to take small steps to reach my goal. It will be easier and I'd be more likely to stick with it.
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2,545 1/24/14 9:25 P
If you are going to bed at midnight and trying to get up at 4 am you are going to fail. Miserably.
Try going to bed 15 minutes earlier and getting up at your usual time. Next week go to bed 15 minutes earlier and get up at your regular time without hitting the snooze button. Keep going to bed 15 minutes earlier a week until you are going to bed at 10 or 11 pm. Then if you want to be up at 6 am you will have had 7 or 8 hours sleep. Keep to this bedtime on weekends.
Us "not morning people" have to work at getting to bed at a reasonable time. If I had my way I would go to bed at 2 am and get up at 10 or 11 am. This does not work in real life. I go to bed at 1130 pm and get up at 645 am. On weekends, I sleep in a bit, but no later than 8 am or else I blow my routine.
I also make my breakfast and lunch the night before, set out my clothes the night before, have my keys and workbag packed and by the door the night before. Make the kids do the same. When I put clothes away I put socks, bras, panties, belts and jewelry all on the same hanger so that the morning is easier. I just grab a hanger and have a complete outfit.
Good luck, you can do it, just take it slowly with the time changes and prep the night before to make it easier.
1/24/14 4:27 P
Make sure you are getting to bed at a decent time at night. Figure out how many hours sleep you need then figure out what time you need to go to bed. Get everyone in your house on a scheduled, especially the kids. Once you get on a schedule that works for every one stick to it like glue.
You can't wake up early if you didn't get to bed on time.
If you can't get to sleep at night you may want to talk to your Dr. about maybe incorporating some melatonin in your night routine.
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1/24/14 12:45 P
What you may want to try is slowly easing yourself into a routine. if you're not used to waking up early, your body will resist. So, why not start by setting your alarm and waking up early twice a week ? Say Tuesdays and Thursdays. Don't worry about any other day. Just make an effort to try to get up on Tuesdays and Thurdays. Put your body on a schedule so that, over the next few weeks, your body will become accustomed to waking up early on those days.
Once your body has adapted to waking up early on Tues/Thursday, then you add another day. Keep adding days until you are waking up early the days you want.
And try to stick to the schedule. You may want to sleep in one of those Tuesday mornings, don't do it. resist the urge to sleep in if you really want to do this.
I suspect the reason so many people fail when they set a goal for themselves is because they make that goal too difficult to achieve. Goals should be reasonable as well as attainable. So, do you think you can do it ? Wake up early twice a week for a while ? And yes, it could take a few weeks for your body to adapt.
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1/24/14 12:37 P
I don't like the rushed feeling either, that's why I get up at 4:45 every morning even though I don't have to be at work until 6.
It has never occured to me to reset my alarm, but maybe you could put it across the room. then go downstairs and turn on all the lights ASAP.
One of my new years resolutions this year is to wake up earlier. I am not a morning person. I sleep until the last possible minute and rush to get me and my kids ready and bolt out the door. I don't like the rushed feeling of how my day starts out. It would be nice if I could get my butt out of bed earlier. Every night I set my alarm with good intentions, then reset it when it goes off in the morning! Any suggestions or tips would be appreciated.
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