Better Sleeping Habits

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    Feb 15, 2012 7:57 PM GMT
    So heres my problem, I think I sleep too much and still haven't found a way to wake up when my alarm goes off the first (or second time). Sometimes it takes me an hour to get up and I always end up rushing because I have 5 minuets to get up and leave. So not the best way to start your day, and I've done this for a long while. And my other problem comes with sleeping too late. Im trying to gain weight and when I sleep in late my fasting extends by hours and that is no good at all for trying to get in the breakfast meal. So sometimes my first meal happens around lunch time.

    So I was wondering if anyone had any suggestions that they implement in their own sleeping routines. Any suggestions or tips/tricks that help you get up in the morning?

    Note: I am not a coffee drinker what so ever, though perhaps I should start.
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    Feb 15, 2012 8:45 PM GMT
    How much sleep are you getting? There's nothing wrong with 8-10 hours and thats actually ideal to maximize recovery. You don't build muscle in the gym... You do it while you recover at home. Depending on what time you want to wake up, you may try sleeping with the blinds open to allow in the sun. That helps get me moving in the mornings. I'd also check out a sleep app if one is available for your phone. These apps use the accelerometer in your phone to keep an eye on how active you are in sleep. Some can also guess when you're in a period of light sleep and trigger an alarm then to help you wake up easier. I used Sleep Cycle for iPhone for a year and eventually stopped using it or any other alarm as my body was trained to wake up at the right time. Now if only I could find an app to get me to sleep on time I'd be set lol. Good luck.
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    Feb 15, 2012 9:04 PM GMT
    Well a few things that can cause you to be up late

    1) Do you work out very late in the evening - I have read that can keep you away from sleep.
    2) Any kind of supplements that you take for workout, if you take them late in the evening, that again keeps you awake.
    3) Try to stay away from watching a tv or bright lights say after 10pm, if you want to be asleep by 11.
    4) Make sure that the temp is your apartment isn't too warm, some studies suggest that a bit cooler environment will put you to a more comfortable sleep.

    Hope that helps.
  • jim_sf

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    Feb 15, 2012 9:40 PM GMT
    I tend to do as much as I possibly can the night before - get my clothes together, put lunch in my bag or in a particular spot in the refrigerator, prep the coffee maker, etc. Generally, the fewer things I have to do in the morning, the better my timing is.
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    Feb 15, 2012 11:15 PM GMT
    Put your alarm on the other side of the room making yourself get up to turn it off.
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    Feb 16, 2012 1:15 AM GMT
    Ckfeezy saidPut your alarm on the other side of the room making yourself get up to turn it off.


    I have tired this and some how I always end up falling back asleep. Im useless!

    Thanks for taking the time to read and respond everyone! Ill try some of these tonight. Hope some work. I know I cant change my habits in a day, but ill try to progressively work on it. Id like to become a lark over a night owl.
  • camfer

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    Feb 16, 2012 1:36 AM GMT
    Join the military. Problems solved.
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    Feb 16, 2012 1:41 AM GMT
    Tell your doctor and ask for a ref to a sleep specialist or a sleep study. It will change your life!
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    Feb 16, 2012 1:42 AM GMT
    Self discipline will cure it all.
  • dancedancekj

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    Feb 16, 2012 1:46 AM GMT
    Get the SleepCycle app if you have an iPhone.

    http://www.sleepcycle.com/examples.html

    It's kind of amazing... it wakes me up right at my lightest sleep cycle closest to the time I need to be up. It also has a graph that shows your deep sleep and lightest sleeping points, and correlates with your REM cycles.

    It works by using the accelerometer in the phone, and tracks your movements in bed. I've been feeling much more rested since I started using the app a couple weeks ago, where before this I always had issues waking up fully.

    sleepgraph1.jpg
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    Feb 16, 2012 1:51 AM GMT
    come move here!! ill let you get up each morning ! lol
  • DesireIron

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    Feb 16, 2012 1:58 AM GMT
    a B-complex vitamin pill
    a Quercetin tablet or capsule
    a tea extract tablet or capsule
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    Feb 16, 2012 2:18 AM GMT
    dancedancekj saidGet the SleepCycle app if you have an iPhone.

    http://www.sleepcycle.com/examples.html

    It's kind of amazing... it wakes me up right at my lightest sleep cycle closest to the time I need to be up. It also has a graph that shows your deep sleep and lightest sleeping points, and correlates with your REM cycles.

    It works by using the accelerometer in the phone, and tracks your movements in bed. I've been feeling much more rested since I started using the app a couple weeks ago, where before this I always had issues waking up fully.

    sleepgraph1.jpg


    Is there an android app equivalent? Im not cool enough for an iPhone :/
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    Feb 16, 2012 2:25 AM GMT
    Shawnathan saidFlying alarm clock haha


    I wonder if that has a snooze feature haha.
  • dancedancekj

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    Feb 16, 2012 2:26 AM GMT
    sb91 said
    Is there an android app equivalent? Im not cool enough for an iPhone :/


    There's one called "Gentle Alarm" I guess : http://m.mobitobi.com/en/android/gentlealarm.php