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Why so hard to wake up in winter?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 06, 2012 at 7:16 AM

Its quite impossible for me to wake up before sunrise in winter.Btw I need to go to college pretty early,so usually I skip the first lectures.How to wake up easier in winter.

P.S.caffeinated stuff aggravates my acne.

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(2417)

on February 01, 2013
at 04:39 AM

Why do you think longer hours of dark necessarily make a human NEED more sleep? We may WANT more sleep, but aside from a natural, minor cyclical increase in the need for rest:expenditure per year, why would the simple fact that one person lives a bit higher latitude make the person physically and chemically need more sleep than a person who lives in more daylight dominated latitudes?

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(2417)

on February 01, 2013
at 04:34 AM

Japanese DON'T build houses with insulation, that is.

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(2417)

on February 01, 2013
at 04:33 AM

Btw, in winter, even I'm having a hard time getting out of bed. I use the above set up. It's got my body clock and hormones making me wake up ready to go at 5, but it doesn't get light here in Japan until 7ish now. And, japanese doing build houses with insulation or central heating, preferring to huddle economically by a small space heater. Try getting out of the warm covers in the dark when you can see your breath and look forward to a freezing cold room. It's like perpetually camping out in the winter!

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on December 06, 2012
at 04:06 PM

just sayin' though, this method is basically fail proof...

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on December 06, 2012
at 03:57 PM

+1 for cold shower

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

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on December 06, 2012
at 03:57 PM

^^^This^^^ +1

Bee4e0fda817da9857443bd40f552a75

on December 06, 2012
at 03:34 PM

Ok I will ask of setting a bedroom in college then :DDD.It's dark at 4 PM

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 06, 2012
at 02:17 PM

that would be 5pm here!!!

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C2450eb7fa11b37473599caf93b461ef

on December 06, 2012
at 11:38 PM

I'm a teacher, so I have to get up pretty early (5:30-ish). I find the programmable coffee pot helps, seriously. I can hear it all the way downstairs in the kitchen, and knowing that my cup of coffee is waiting for me gets me moving.

Yeah, I'm not afraid to shamelessly exploit my addiction.

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on December 06, 2012
at 03:49 PM

The answer is simple. Your not getting enough sleep. You gotta be up at 5 am? go to sleep no later then 9. Bonus if you can get to bed at 8:30. You will be wide awake and alert all day in class while everyone else who stayed up to watch some stupid show will be bleary eyed and non-focused

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on December 06, 2012
at 02:58 PM

You could try artificial sunlight for some time during the day. Tanning might even be helpful. And, yes, I'm obviously aware that tanning is unhealthy. I do completely believe that in moderation it is good for you in the winter.

Maybe melatonin, 5-HTP at bedtime? Play with the temperature in your bedroom... spend as much time as possible outside... I think a lot of things could help. You're likely just sensitive to the barometric shift of winter. The same stimulus that provokes hibernation and fasting in many animals.

1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

(10904)

on December 06, 2012
at 03:57 PM

^^^This^^^ +1

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1d0497f8781845ab371b479455bfee8e

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on December 06, 2012
at 02:54 PM

It sucks getting out of a warm bed, having to take a shower and dress. Try showering at night so you can slip into your clothes and leave the house (which means you can stay in bed a little bit longer), and go to bed earlier even if it means you have to miss out on favorite tv shows and such. Sleep is of greater importance, and in winter it's natural for people and animals to want to sleep more.

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on December 06, 2012
at 01:53 PM

If you struggle that much (that you are missing classes). Then put you alarm clock across the room and set it to a noise/ song you hate. Then you have to get up. quick jump in a cold shower and you will be awake!

5e5ff249c9161b8cd96d7eff6043bc3a

(4713)

on December 06, 2012
at 03:57 PM

+1 for cold shower

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2e1591c76896828077b930de5107f1af

on December 06, 2012
at 01:31 PM

get to bed when the sun comes down

78cb3c4f70de5db2adb52b6b9671894b

(5519)

on December 06, 2012
at 02:17 PM

that would be 5pm here!!!

Bee4e0fda817da9857443bd40f552a75

on December 06, 2012
at 03:34 PM

Ok I will ask of setting a bedroom in college then :DDD.It's dark at 4 PM

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on December 13, 2012
at 03:47 PM

You do need more sleep in the winter, and the further north you live, the more you need. (I live in Canada, so I know what it's like to go to work in the dark... And come home in the dark. If I want to see the sun I have to go out at lunch!)

None of that was particularly helpful, so...

To sleep better (and yes, you should try to go to bed earlier): - ensure that you are getting enough magnesium (best taken late in the day) - ensure that you are getting enough vitamin D (best taken earlier in the day) - dim the lights and minimize screen time after dark (ok, maybe not possible if you are a college student) - simplify your morning routine so you can sleep as late as possible ( how much can you do the night before?)

As for getting up and feeling alert in the morning: - a big glass of water - expose yourself to bright light as soon as possible after getting up to help reset your circadian clock - try taking L-tyrosine, an amino acid that your body requires to make energizing/stimulating neurotransmitters (best taken early in the day)

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(2417)

on February 01, 2013
at 04:39 AM

Why do you think longer hours of dark necessarily make a human NEED more sleep? We may WANT more sleep, but aside from a natural, minor cyclical increase in the need for rest:expenditure per year, why would the simple fact that one person lives a bit higher latitude make the person physically and chemically need more sleep than a person who lives in more daylight dominated latitudes?

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on December 13, 2012
at 11:35 AM

Get a digital Xmas tree light timer. Find out what time sunrise is in your area, and set it for that. If you're way up north, then make it early as you need it to be (earlier, even). Plug the brightest light bulb you have into it and fix it so it aims at your face by the bed. When it comes on you'll gently wake up.

Now here is the key: get up! You won't feel like it. But, doing so will begin to reset your hormonal circadian rhythms. Doesn't matter when you go to bed as far as set point goes, it's when you get up. So for a few days or weeks you won't get enough sleep. But then the magic happens and you will begin to get sleepy earlier.

Another key: when you get sleepy at night, quit what you're doing and go to a quiet bed. Otherwise, you'll miss the hormonal signaling bus as it were.

Medium avatar

(2417)

on February 01, 2013
at 04:34 AM

Japanese DON'T build houses with insulation, that is.

Medium avatar

(2417)

on February 01, 2013
at 04:33 AM

Btw, in winter, even I'm having a hard time getting out of bed. I use the above set up. It's got my body clock and hormones making me wake up ready to go at 5, but it doesn't get light here in Japan until 7ish now. And, japanese doing build houses with insulation or central heating, preferring to huddle economically by a small space heater. Try getting out of the warm covers in the dark when you can see your breath and look forward to a freezing cold room. It's like perpetually camping out in the winter!

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on December 06, 2012
at 11:31 PM

We live pretty far north and I am constantly exhausted because I'm up with a four month old nursing at night and I have a 2.5 year old to chase during the day.

My solution: have a huge glass of water right next to your bed. Chug it when you get up in the morning. It won't be an awesome cure-all, but it will help.

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on December 06, 2012
at 11:03 PM

There could be any number of reasons and it may have little if anything to do with nutrition. For all we know, it could be a primarily emotional/psychological problem. As for me, I find it difficult to get up in winter because it's too god damn cold!

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on December 06, 2012
at 07:53 PM

Make sure your getting enough hours and maybe look at getting a sunrise alarm clock. It gradually fills the room with light and wakes you more naturally.

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Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on December 06, 2012
at 02:21 PM

Buy a taser/shock collar and tell your roommate he/she has permission to tase you if you aren't up and about at 6:01 (assuming your alarm is for 6).

Cb9a270955e2c277a02c4a4b5dad10b5

(10989)

on December 06, 2012
at 04:06 PM

just sayin' though, this method is basically fail proof...

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