Can't Wake Up!!!

  • MattyC0709

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    Nov 10, 2008 12:56 PM GMT
    Every morning when I have to wake up I am unable to do so. Basically what happens is that I wake up to turn off the alarm clocks (yes, alarm clockS, my mobile, and a SUPER LOUD bell alarm clock... I'm that desperate to wake up), and then just lay in bed without any energy to jump out of bed, as if I'm paralysed, even though I'd have slept early.

    I don't think it really is a problem anyone can fix, because it most probably has to do with laziness. But still, I WANT to get up, but I just don't until I have half an hour left to catch the bus to school. I want to wake up to take the morning slowly: take a shower, eat breakfast, prepare my lunch, and do any unfinished work before I leave.

    I know it sounds crazy, but I just can't take it anymore. So if you have any recommendations please post them. Thanks.
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    Nov 10, 2008 2:22 PM GMT
    I used to have this problem, my solution was (I know it sounds dumb), I set three or four alarms, when I need to be up and moving at 8, I'll set one alarm for 4am, one for 6am, one for 7 30 and one for 8.


    I don't know how to explain it, but I feel better when I actually get up and less tired than when I sleep straight through.
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    Nov 10, 2008 2:34 PM GMT
    Yeah, I've used the multiple alarm system, too. The first ones are set earlier than I need, 15 to 30 minutes apart, but they break my sleep and start the waking-up process. I can actually turn off an alarm clock in my sleep, or at least to where I don't remember having done it when I finally do wake up.

    Another trick I learned, that I later found is known to work for some others, is to concentrate on my wake-up time just as I'm falling to sleep. Why this would work I don't know, since it implies we have some kind of internal clock of our own, that we can consult in our sleep. All I know is that it seems to work.

    I've read that one reason people don't wake up concerns aversion. The day ahead isn't very attractive to them, for whatever personal reason, and the subconscious protective response is to resist waking up. It's sort of a head-in-sand approach.

    Perhaps you need to evaluate whether you're not happy with what lies ahead of you each day, and work on dealing with those issues. Then you might find yourself waking up more eagerly.
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Nov 10, 2008 3:23 PM GMT
    Go to bed earlier. And get up at a consistent time, even on the weekends. The more you make it an ingrained habit, the easier it gets.
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    Nov 10, 2008 3:30 PM GMT
    The best thing to do is to set an alarm far away from bed.. I have to walk downstairs to turn mine off problem solved. Senseless to get back to bed after it, you might feel sleepy but just start your routine.. my first action is to turn the coffee machine on.
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    Nov 10, 2008 3:37 PM GMT
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  • OptimusMatt

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    Nov 10, 2008 3:44 PM GMT
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    and it's a great way to loose weight!!
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    Nov 10, 2008 4:10 PM GMT
    Perhaps you should give Clocky, the self-hiding alarm-clock a try.

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    Nov 10, 2008 5:24 PM GMT
    What you are experiencing Muttskins is typical for your age. Enjoy it now it will likely not last (I have the opposite problem, I rarely sleep past 5 AM)!

    My mom made sure I got up. I can still hear her voice yelling from the top of the stairs. "Yoo-hoo, Jonathan, 7 AM time to get up!" I heard that 200+ times a year for years and years. Ignoring my mom was not an option!

    What I did to get revved up was to drink a large cup of coffee. I was a happy caffeine fiend by the time I was 14, a habit that continues to this day.



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    Nov 10, 2008 6:15 PM GMT
    I have this same problem, and all these options are great. I've tried the multiple alarms thing, and that helps a little bit. I've also found, like Red_Vespa said, that concentrating on the time you need to wake up right before falling asleep helps A LOT. And I agree, the days I don't want to get up and go to class or whatever, are the days that I am unhappy with what I have to do, and yeah, not getting out of bed is definitely a result of that.
  • auryn

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    Nov 10, 2008 7:18 PM GMT
    Have your new beau spend the night and wake you up with a bj (but not finishing). It really helps by getting the adrenaline pumping. Once you're out of bed he can then finish you off, if needed, or give you a treat once work is over.icon_twisted.gif
  • xKorix

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    Nov 10, 2008 7:26 PM GMT
    I doubt it's laziness, if your body wants to sleep still, it probably needs to.

    Could also be adrenal fatigue.
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    Nov 10, 2008 7:35 PM GMT
    Remove all stimulants from your diet....Coffee, coke... etc. You will probably go thru withdrawal but it will get your energy flowing in a more natural way. That is, you will get sleepy at the end of the day and wake up refreshed in a natural rhythm.
  • MikemikeMike

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    Nov 10, 2008 7:47 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidPerhaps you should give Clocky, the self-hiding alarm-clock a try.

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    Or get a boyfriend and wake up to his "Cocky". He could bone u outta bed.

    Serious- set your cell phone and put it far enough away from you that you have to get out of bed-then go right into the shower.
  • MattyC0709

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    Nov 10, 2008 8:08 PM GMT
    MunchingZombie saidPerhaps you should give Clocky, the self-hiding alarm-clock a try.

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    LOL! It's sooooooooooooo cute!!! icon_razz.gif
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    Nov 11, 2008 1:32 AM GMT
    Alpha13 saidRemove all stimulants from your diet....Coffee, coke... etc. You will probably go thru withdrawal but it will get your energy flowing in a more natural way. That is, you will get sleepy at the end of the day and wake up refreshed in a natural rhythm.


    I suffer from the same problem, but I dont have any stimulants in my diet. I drink maybe one 12 oz coffee every three weeks, I never, ever drink soda, and I dont keep sweets in the house, so the latest I have sugar is around 5pm at night. Even with a full nights sleep, I suffer from the same lack of energy.
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    Nov 11, 2008 2:54 AM GMT

    I suffer from the same problem, but I dont have any stimulants in my diet. I drink maybe one 12 oz coffee every three weeks, I never, ever drink soda, and I dont keep sweets in the house, so the latest I have sugar is around 5pm at night. Even with a full nights sleep, I suffer from the same lack of energy.[/quote]


    What part of your diet is man made carbs? ..I.E. bread ,pasta, chips, donuts bagel etc. Are you eating good quality meat...that is, r u getting your b vitamins? Do you have a crack or cracks in the middle of your tongue?
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    Nov 11, 2008 4:05 AM GMT
    The solution is about 2:30 into this:


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    Nov 11, 2008 4:39 AM GMT

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    Nov 11, 2008 4:48 AM GMT
    Alpha13 said
    I suffer from the same problem, but I dont have any stimulants in my diet. I drink maybe one 12 oz coffee every three weeks, I never, ever drink soda, and I dont keep sweets in the house, so the latest I have sugar is around 5pm at night. Even with a full nights sleep, I suffer from the same lack of energy.



    What part of your diet is man made carbs? ..I.E. bread ,pasta, chips, donuts bagel etc. Are you eating good quality meat...that is, r u getting your b vitamins? Do you have a crack or cracks in the middle of your tongue?
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    No chips or donuts. Pasta or rice about every other day, small portions and never for dinner, only lunch. Mostly chicken or turkey, some steak. no burgers or fast food ever. Multi-Vitamin once a day. Tounge is crackless.
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    Nov 11, 2008 5:07 AM GMT
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    What part of your diet is man made carbs? ..I.E. bread ,pasta, chips, donuts bagel etc. Are you eating good quality meat...that is, r u getting your b vitamins? Do you have a crack or cracks in the middle of your tongue?
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    No chips or donuts. Pasta or rice about every other day, small portions and never for dinner, only lunch. Mostly chicken or turkey, some steak. no burgers or fast food ever. Multi-Vitamin once a day. Tounge is crackless.[/quote]


    I see this often in much younger guys I date. They can't do anything past 11:00 PM cus "they are too tired" and they don't get up till 10:00 AM. I can't figure it out cus i'm bouncing off the walls.

    What about your sugar intake..Do you drink "juice" which has like 20 teapsoon of sugar per bottle or soft drinks that have 25 teaspoons? I'm on the caveman diet and never feel sluggish unless I eat something that is not allowed like "processed" carbs and simple refined sugars.
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    Nov 11, 2008 3:27 PM GMT
    8oz glass of V8 or BlueberryPomeganate Juice a day. The rest of the time I drink Skim Milk, Water, and maybe one 8oz glass of Arizona Green Iced Tea a day. I never drink soda or sports drinks. Cant stand em. I dont drink alcohol at all.

    My tiredness probably has more to do with emotional issues related to ptsd than nutrition. But thanks for your help.
  • zakariahzol

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    Nov 11, 2008 3:50 PM GMT
    Cant wake up in the morning..laziness. But honestly I have this problem myself. I usually try to wake up at 6 am go for a jog until 7 am , and get ready for work at 7.30 am. BUT some morning I just sleep until 7 am and skip my morning jog. Who dont want to sleep around and not have to go workout or to work. But unless we are born rich or want to die early because of lack off exercise , you better (my self included)have some self discipine and get on you ass and start moving.
  • MattyC0709

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    Nov 11, 2008 8:36 PM GMT
    Attempt 1: Alarm clock placed above wardrobe:

    FAILED!!!

    All I did was stand on a chair, manage to hit the off button, but it toppled aside and I cound't reach it to bring it down, and I just went back into bed. icon_sad.gif

    Attempt 2: Alarm clock placed at the far back of the top shelf of the wardrobe.

    icon_twisted.gif Let's see me trying to reach that snooze button! I'm so cruel to myself! icon_twisted.gif