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How can I adjust to getting out of bed early?

Asked by VMOS (6points) December 21st, 2007

I changed shifts at work and now I have to get out of bed before 6am, it’s been months and I’m still tired all the time, any suggestions?

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ninjaholic's avatar

I have the same problem, I’ve been working night shifts most of my life, and eventually had to switch over. Which wasn’t easy. I’m now pretty used to getting up early, but it took a few months to get used to it. I had some time off before switching, so I just kept going to bed earlier and earlier and getting up after 7–8hrs. In the morning, I might take ginseng to get me motivated. The ginseng might help you adjust more easily, except don’t take too much! It’s addictive stuff!

brandon272's avatar

Some people get up earlier but for some reason don’t also go to bed earlier. This can wreak havoc on your body’s internal clock. In order to keep a morning routine going, just get to bed earlier but make sure that you wake up at the same time every day so that your body can adjust to a new cycle.

Huckleberry's avatar

I went through a similar thing about 6 years ago when I suddenly had to start getting up at 4:30 every morning. After almost 6 months of constant struggles to get up I finally figured out the secret (for me anyway). I realized I needed to get up at the exact same time EVERY day . . . even weekends. Once I started doing that, it became very easy. The problem is that if you don’t do it every day your body will never really adjust. This probably isn’t what you want to hear, but it worked for me.

doscrash's avatar

I read somewhere that rather than go to sleep at a set time and wake up at a set time, it’s better to go to sleep when you feel tired and wake up at a set time. The first day will be difficult, but after that, your body will know when it needs to rest, but you’ll be able to wake up consistently.

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eclesh's avatar

Have a white light turn on automatically when your alarm goes off, or just turn one on yourself, and sit there and read for a while with the light in your face. This should adjust your body clock gradually. It’s called light therapy.

It sounds like voodoo, but it seems to work.

Airlines are starting to do this in the cabins of their first-class planes. By changing the lighting at certain times they help reduce jet lag.

gcross's avatar

I’ve gotten up at 4:30am for years. It helps that I have two dogs who have established a routine with us, and so I set my alarm every day, even weekends, at 4:30 to get up for their first constitutional and half-breakfast. On work days I then sit for a half hour then get up and proceed with my toilette, breakfast, etc. On weekends I go back to bed and my husband gets up in a couple hours to give them their second half-breakfast and another constitutional.

I would recommend you write down the routine you used to follow. You know, what was your first activity upon waking, the order in which you took a shower/bath, got dressed, had breakfast, prepared for the day, departed the house, etc. Also write down the end of the day routines. How soon after arriving home did you have dinner, what TV programs did you watch or what evening activities did you engage in, if and when and how did you exercise, what routine did you follow in preparing for bed, etc.

Then apply approximate timelines. You took your shower/bath X number of minutes after arising, had breakfast X number of minutes later, departed the house X number of minutes later, and so on. Then adjust this schedule according to your new work hours. If you have a partner or housemate, share your results with them too, so they can help you adjust and stick to your routine. Tape your favorite programs so you can watch them at the usual time in your schedule. Download email to read offline. Et cetera, et cetera.

While I do not know for sure if this will solve your problem, it seems reasonable to me that it will go a long way towards helping you to adjust. We are all creatures of routine and rhythm. Carrying forward our routines to a new timeline makes more sense than just changing the alarm clock and hoping our bodies will somehow cope.

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