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Why can't I wake up?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created June 27, 2012 at 4:44 PM

You'd think that to wakey wakey for eggs and bake-y would be reason enough, but I find myself physically incapable of waking early enough to get myself ready for the day, thus I always get up RIGHT before it's too late, and running out of the door.

SCHEDULE: I SHOULD be waking around 4-430AM to prepare/eat breakfast, and prepare for the day, but instead I wake at 5:30-5:40 and rush. From there I walk and train to work, where I walk again from the station to work. I work 8 hours. I walk home. I'll eat and then a couple hours I work out again, falling asleep by 10-11p. My classes @ the gym are at 8pm, so I cant exactly get to sleep AT 8 which would be a full eight hours rest.

I've cut down on coffee, cause Ive heard that could be a contributing factor? Some say it's mental, but I feel like, if thats true, how do I get myself to get over that?

Thankss

F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

(2613)

on June 28, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I use these ($16 for 2): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0020ML73K/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 28, 2012
at 12:17 AM

Ummmmmmm, WTF??

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 28, 2012
at 12:04 AM

Because you aren't sleeping enough. Get some more sleep!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on June 27, 2012
at 11:55 PM

Pre-existing lamp plus $5-10 lamp timer will do the same thing.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on June 27, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Welcome to the phenomenon known as living the northwest. Grey, grey, grey.

61e40eeb1c480f9f6bd4e899024ac627

(50)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:21 PM

+1, as I totally noticed this too. Yes, Debby has completely wrecked my sleep/wake cycle! I normally wake up with the sunrise, but since the sun hasn't "risen" in days I've gotten less of my normal dose of sunshine. Combine that with working in a lab without windows... I can't wait for a sunny weekend again. Here's to hoping that you haven't flooded!

E15c5c2d17c4a5d723ce7bb4437062e6

(789)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Eh, well, I gym it up 3-4 times week

E15c5c2d17c4a5d723ce7bb4437062e6

(789)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:41 PM

The room is completely dark, I don't have a TV or anything shedding light in there, although the light timer sounds awesome, are they fairly expensive?

E15c5c2d17c4a5d723ce7bb4437062e6

(789)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:40 PM

I may be kind of embarrassing myself for this, but, what is ketosis? I try to keep my carb intake to strictly veggies, I may not be getting enough, some tomatoesm zucchini, asparagus, carrots.

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

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on June 27, 2012
at 05:13 PM

yep. same here.

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

(7970)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:41 PM

Go to sleep at (let's just call it) 11 and wake up at 5:40 if you're waking up "late"?

That's not even 7 hours, no wonder you can't wake up an hour before that.

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6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:12 PM

The problem here is that you are a normal human, and expecting your body to live on a superhuman schedule. Sounds like a long commute, is there any way you could live closer to work, or sign up for a lunchtime gym?

Getting up before the sun comes up isn't really what our bodies do well. If getting up that early is what you really need to do though, you are going to have to drop the 8pm workout, and make that your bedtime. 11pm bedtimes are for people who wake up at 7-8 in the morning. You need the sleep more than you need the extra exercise, one workout per day should be enough, and without adequate sleep you aren't going to see the results you want anyway because insulin and other hormones go crazy cuckoo without enough sleep, and blood sugar regulation goes right out the window. I once worked a schedule where I had to wake up at 4am, and the only way I could get my ass out of bed was to get the brightest light I had and plug it into a lamp timer set to turn on about 1/2 hour before I needed to get up. Even with that, I felt like I had perpetual jet lag until I got a job with a more normal schedule.

Maybe do some high intensity training on the weekends, and fit some small workouts into your work day, or buy some weights or put in a pull up bar for home to lift either first thing in the morning or right when you get home, but no matter what you need more sleep.

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5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 28, 2012
at 12:02 AM

If you have to get up at 4-4:30, than you need to get to bed at 8. (It's quite possible to do this) Your going to be a lot better off doing that and either rescheduling your gym class ditching it if you can't get one earlier. Sleep is incredibly important to your health. A lot of people would probably say that the gym is useless without good sleep. You're pumping your body full of cortisol and you'll pay big time later of you don't fix the sleep.

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8f2d9842fdfec224a425c0f77c4ee34d

(1241)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:43 PM

Why not work out at home instead of doing classes? Then you would be able to go sleep earlier like you'd like.

I agree with the others that are saying you're trying to wake up too early.

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4ef079c57d2140bba4dbf4e30240a645

on June 28, 2012
at 12:18 AM

Uhmmm your cure for being able to wake up is MORE SLEEP!!

Your schedule sounds brutal - Sorry .

If you are not getting a 7 hours of sleep per night at least then you may be in for some health and performance issues (concentration, memory, immune system, increased fat etc etc)

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

(21420)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:58 PM

Lately I've been having trouble sleeping and waking up on time. It just so happens I've also been surrounded by this bitch of a tropical storm named Debby all this week and haven't seen more than 10 minutes of sunshine for a week onward.

The "Eureka" part of me assumed a correlation. Yesterday I made sure to get as much sun as I could manage from the grey sky, and wore my blue blockers last night while relaxing after work. And... I slept much better and woke up feeling good.

So, are you getting sunlight during the day, and minimizing all external light at night?

61e40eeb1c480f9f6bd4e899024ac627

(50)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:21 PM

+1, as I totally noticed this too. Yes, Debby has completely wrecked my sleep/wake cycle! I normally wake up with the sunrise, but since the sun hasn't "risen" in days I've gotten less of my normal dose of sunshine. Combine that with working in a lab without windows... I can't wait for a sunny weekend again. Here's to hoping that you haven't flooded!

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on June 27, 2012
at 11:54 PM

Welcome to the phenomenon known as living the northwest. Grey, grey, grey.

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3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on June 27, 2012
at 11:55 PM

4-4:30 is not natural! Society be damned.

1
F5be4be097edc85690c12d67ee1a27c0

on June 27, 2012
at 08:16 PM

Have you tried napping after you eat when you get home?

1
78964c5cc470f86a5897db8e1ce8e6f9

on June 27, 2012
at 05:21 PM

Prep your meals the evening beforehand to avoid the rush. Sleep "in" until 5:30 (4:30 is FAR too early) and use a wake-up light (something like http://www.usa.philips.com/c/light-therapy/hf3470_60/prd/en/) to help you wake when the sun isn't up yet.

If possible, work out earlier so that you're not keyed up so close to bedtime.

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F92e4ca55291c3f3096a3d4d3d854986

(11698)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:07 PM

Maybe you need more than 8 hours? I need more like 9. And am always late for work!

E7adfe31507efb7c935f618a829f56d6

(1507)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:13 PM

yep. same here.

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3327924660b1e2f8f8fc4ca27fedf2b2

(2919)

on June 27, 2012
at 04:51 PM

What's your carb intake like?

When I'm in ketosis I have INSANE amounts of energy. I sleep maybe 5-6 hours a night and when I get up I want to run around and save the world.

E15c5c2d17c4a5d723ce7bb4437062e6

(789)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:40 PM

I may be kind of embarrassing myself for this, but, what is ketosis? I try to keep my carb intake to strictly veggies, I may not be getting enough, some tomatoesm zucchini, asparagus, carrots.

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F99fb126da374ae30b803872ab2e53b8

(88)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:41 PM

You're just not getting enough sleep if you wake up 4:30. Your body knows better. :)

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F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

(2613)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:17 PM

You could try hacking your body's natural melatonin using lighting. I black out my room, and I find that I have a lot of trouble waking up until my lights have been on for at least 15 minutes. You could consider getting a couple outlet timers and plugging natural spectrum lights into them, set for 15-30 minutes before you want to wake up. Maybe try setting a dimmer light for 30 minutes and a bright one for 15 minutes.

6120c989fd5b69f42a0834b69b87955b

(24553)

on June 27, 2012
at 11:55 PM

Pre-existing lamp plus $5-10 lamp timer will do the same thing.

E15c5c2d17c4a5d723ce7bb4437062e6

(789)

on June 27, 2012
at 05:41 PM

The room is completely dark, I don't have a TV or anything shedding light in there, although the light timer sounds awesome, are they fairly expensive?

F694fc245d03b64d6936ddb29f4c9306

(2613)

on June 28, 2012
at 01:06 PM

I use these ($16 for 2): http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0020ML73K/ref=ox_sc_act_title_2?ie=UTF8&m=ATVPDKIKX0DER

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Cf416725f639ffd1bb90764792ce7b8a

(2799)

on June 27, 2012
at 07:54 PM

You're over training.

5ccb98f6ae42ce87e206cf3f6a86039f

(11581)

on June 28, 2012
at 12:17 AM

Ummmmmmm, WTF??

E15c5c2d17c4a5d723ce7bb4437062e6

(789)

on June 27, 2012
at 08:03 PM

Eh, well, I gym it up 3-4 times week

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