How to wake up in the morning

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All of monkeys have been talking about working 100 hour weeks. I thought it would be valuable to get information about how you are getting up early in the morning after going to sleep late the previous night.

I think the answers should be a bit more than "I wake up because I love my job."

Thanks to all who answer.

Comments (242)

Apr 3, 2013

Alarm on work phone. Call from Associate. Alarm on work phone again. Alarm on personal phone. Stumble out of the sack. Point feet towards office.

Repeat.

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Apr 3, 2013
APAE:

Alarm on work phone. Call from Associate. Alarm on work phone again. Alarm on personal phone. Stumble out of the sack. Point feet towards office.

Repeat.

You forgot the sunglasses to cover your dark circles

Born in hell, forged from suffering, hardened by pain.

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Apr 3, 2013

i'm actually kind of worried about this for my summer, especially cause i'm an insomniac. i feel like the fact that it takes me over an hour to fall asleep can cause for some stressed, rushed mornings.

has anyone tried one of those light wake-up alarms?

Apr 3, 2013

I put on 5 different alarm clocks all on different time and it takes a while to switch them off so I wake up then.

Apr 17, 2013

What about those calm alarms? The start out in low volume, and gradually get louder...

Apr 3, 2013

I never use an alarm, but to be honest its still a pain in the ass to make it out of bed everytime I have only slept for a few hours, I will just never get used to it. Once you have showered etc its usually fine

Apr 17, 2013

Problem solved.

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"Oh the ladies ever tell you that you look like a fucking optical illusion" - Frank Slaughtery 25th Hour.

Apr 17, 2013

I think you can train your body if you have to. But jumping out of bed and then doing push ups immediately, works. or doing anything that can get your brain going quickly. But honestly I wish there was an easier way to wake up. I'm curious if anyone has another routine besides drinking coffee or energy drinks.

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Apr 17, 2013

I just set my alarm clock for the latest possible time I can wake up; in my case it's 6 o'clock. When the alarm clock rings once I get up right away and get out of bed. Make it a habit and make no exceptions and you are good to go.

Apr 17, 2013

Put your alarm clock on the other side of your bedroom so you have to get up out of bed to turn it off.

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Apr 17, 2013

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Apr 17, 2013

Drink a shit ton of water before you go to bed, so that when you wake up, you HAVE to get out of bed to go to the bathroom. If you can keep yourself from getting back to bed after your piss, you're golden (no pun intended).

Apr 17, 2013
dunston17:

Drink a shit ton of water before you go to bed, so that when you wake up, you HAVE to get out of bed to go to the bathroom. If you can keep yourself from getting back to bed after your piss, you're golden (no pun intended).

This could end very badly ...

JackDonaghy:

Put your alarm clock on the other side of your bedroom so you have to get up out of bed to turn it off.

Yup. That's the way to go.

iambateman:

one of my buddies swears by the method of setting his alarm clock 15 min early, popping a caffeine pill on the first alarm, then having another go off 15 minutes later.

That's genius. Will try this tomorrow morning.

Apr 17, 2013

keep your alarm clock as far away from you as possible, so the only way for you to turn it off would be to get out of your bed and WALK to your alarm clock and turn it off. By this time, you should be atleast half awake, and conscious enough to realize that you can't afford to go back to bed... i did this the second semester of school and never missed a single 8 am class

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Apr 17, 2013
quag_mire:

keep your alarm clock as far away from you as possible, so the only way for you to turn it off would be to get out of your bed and WALK to your alarm clock and turn it off. By this time, you should be atleast half awake, and conscious enough to realize that you can't afford to go back to bed... i did this the second semester of school and never missed a single 8 am class

2nd that

Apr 17, 2013

Do not sleep too late and try to get used to get up early

Apr 17, 2013

Also, on days where I have been going on very little sleep, and have to wake up early, I normally set a backup alarm 5 mins after my initial one. If you use your cellphone, then just have a daily alarm at both 7 am and 7:05 am. This way, if you sleep through the first alarm because you are in a deep sleep, you will wake up all the way on the 2nd one, since you were not in as deep a sleep.

Just what has worked for me......good luck with it, don't think you will have THAT much of a problem after about a week honestly.

Apr 17, 2013

I also would recommend always getting up right when the alarm goes off...don't get in the habit of using the snooze. If you have to put the alarm clock far enough from the bed to achieve this, it's worth it.

I also go straight to the shower right after the alarm goes off. Shower is the only thing to get me awake.

Apr 17, 2013

^ Yes.

If you set two alarms in the morning you'll just hear the first and tell yourself that you'll wake up for the second - which you might not.

Set one alarm, wake up immediately, and jump into the shower.

Apr 17, 2013

My two golden rules have already been mentioned:

1.) Alarm across the room.
2.) Never snooze, ever. Get up on the first alarm, and don't have a backup, so you know you can't fall back asleep. This trains your body to wakeup at the same time each morning, which now happens to me even on the weekends sometimes, without the alarm (dammit).

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Apr 17, 2013

Have your mom come into your room and turn on all the lights and your tv with the volume up as loud as possible on the spanish channel.

Apr 17, 2013
peterg:

Have your mom come into your room and turn on all the lights and your tv with the volume up as loud as possible on the spanish channel.

does she change your diaper to, or have you mastered the huggies pull up?

Apr 17, 2013

I used to have a problem getting up early too - but have solved it with two methods.

The first is you should consider working out more. I find that if I work out for at least an hour for 5-6 days each week it reduces the amount of sleep I need by at least an hour per day and makes it easier to get up early.

The second is I bought an alarm which mimics sunrise by gradually brightening a white light bulb beginning with 30 minutes prior to the alarm going off. The alarm chime also increases in strength gradually. This method allows your body to wake up more slowly and naturally instead of jarring you awake. I find this allows me to basically never need to hit snooze. You can find similar devices online - let me know if you want the name of mine.

Hope this helps.

Apr 17, 2013

double alarm clocks, make the 2nd one really annoying and out of arms length . if you have a blackberry, "antelope" alarm on escalating is particularly annoying.

one of my buddies swears by the method of setting his alarm clock 15 min early, popping a caffeine pill on the first alarm, then having another go off 15 minutes later.

oh and whatever you do never pull the "im gonna turn my alarm off and just lay here for 5 minutes". you will ALWAYS be late to work if you try that

Apr 17, 2013
iambateman:

one of my buddies swears by the method of setting his alarm clock 15 min early, popping a caffeine pill on the first alarm, then having another go off 15 minutes later.

2 internets for you. Great advice. I cannot wait to try this one.

I have 2 advices about how to wake up:
1) Don't go to bed.
2) Go to bed early.

P.S.: my last final is always at 8AM (God of class schedules hates me). I never sleep the night before my last final because I am afraid I oversleep. I spend half of the night jerking-off and the other half studying.

Apr 17, 2013

the clock freaking rolls off your nightstand and wherever it feels like, so it ends up somewhere different every morning. annoying as hell but effective

http://www.nandahome.com/products/chrome/index.php...

Apr 17, 2013

Set your alarm sound to your MD's ringtone.

Apr 17, 2013

I wake up with tears in my eyes.

Apr 17, 2013

This post still cracks me up, I saw it on a Wall of Fame thread...

you need to come up with a ritual.
by numi Certified User(Senior Baboon, 248 Banana Points Points) on 3/31/08 at 7:25pm

I used to be a night-owl when I was in college too, but once I hit the working world, I knew I had to come up with some other solution. I developed a morning ritual that I go through before the "big day," which we all know is every day that we work at the great institution known as the investment bank. I call this ritual "The Terminator." First, I crouch down in the shower in the classic "naked terminator traveling through time" pose. With my eyes closed I crouch there for a minute, visualizing either Arnold or the guy from the second movie (not the chick in the third one because that one sucked) and I start to hum the terminator theme. Then I slowly rise to a standing position and open my eyes. It helps me to proceed to a state of awakening to as an emotionless, cyborg badass. The only problem is if the shower curtain sticks to my terminator leg. It ruins the fantasy.

T4 coming out 5.21.09 fuck yeah

Apr 17, 2013

I've tried putting my alarm clock under my desk across the room, it still didn't work. I'd either fall asleep on the floor or go back to bed, even if I just hit snooze, I would get up, hit the alarm clock, go back to bed, and hit it again for a few hours. I think I just need to go to bed earlier.

Apr 17, 2013

I put my alarm on the other side of the room. And when I turn that off and fall asleep again, I have to get up again in 5 minutes because I have another one going off by my TV. It never fails. I do wake up pissed off sometimes though...

Apr 17, 2013

Alright insomniacs, I just bought caffeine pills, going to bed at 1:15AM waking up at 8AM and testing iambateman's method (setting alarm clock 15 min early, popping a caffeine pill on the first alarm, then having another go off 15 minutes later)

Will report tomorrow morning.

P.S.: each pill is 200mg

Apr 17, 2013

I usually take a cold shower, and pop a few Nano Coffees. I drive to work, so I guess I HAVE to be alert.

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Apr 17, 2013

I do pushups and such, and use a really hot shower. Me and my roommates all use the same method and have gotten into many hilarious morning time confrontations (we all wake up around 7:30 am and need to be at work before 8:30 usually)

Apr 17, 2013
big unit:

I do pushups and such, and use a really hot shower. Me and my roommates all use the same method and have gotten into many hilarious morning time confrontations (we all wake up around 7:30 am and need to be at work before 8:30 usually)

By "hilarious" do you mean "gay"? I can only think of the type of confrontations that involve multiple guys doing pushups and taking hot showers, and it's really unpleasant.

Apr 17, 2013

Method worked great, but I recommend taking a pill 20-30 min prior to "waking up" time.

I am not jittery or shaky whatsoever. Fully awake and functional :)

Apr 17, 2013

Yeah, I should have added a 'no homo' for sure haha

Apr 17, 2013

big unit, you lurk bb.com?

Apr 17, 2013

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Apr 17, 2013

haha thanks for adding that, that clarifies things.

Apr 17, 2013

PussInBoots, I do occasionally. I picked up the 'doing lots of push ups' tip from some meat head trader friends. It just gets you pumped up and ready for the day. Kind of like cocaine, except healthier.

Apr 17, 2013

I lurk every now and then, but don't post. I like /b/, "You laugh you lose" are my favorite

Apr 17, 2013

I love to sleep but once I wake up, I just feel fully functional, it doesn't matter whether I have snoozed for half an hour or whisked out of bed directly.

I guess you should got to bed earlier.

Apr 17, 2013

i shower and immediately hit the gym and then shower again.

does the trick.

I'm making it up as I go along.

I'm making it up as I go along.

Apr 17, 2013

Yeah, try not to wake up at 1 pm every Sunday too...usually I try to make it to bed by 3:30 - 4 on Saturday nights (even if I'm not planning on drinking a bunch I feel bad about not being out with my friends) and to wake up by 11 am on Sunday. Monday's always suck, but not being able to go to sleep until 2 am when u have to wake up at 7:30 am sucks much worse.

Apr 17, 2013

I used to have an application, which has to be stopped by solving very hard math problems.

Apr 3, 2013

All great posts! Lets keeping them coming.

Apr 17, 2013

My typical morning:

I set my alarm around 23 minutes before the time I should wake up.
First alarm - Snooze and sleep for another 10 mins.
Second alarm - Snooze and sleep for another 5 mins
Lie awake for 5 mins waiting for the third alarm, alarm goes off for the third time, I get out of bed very slowly.

I could get to the bathroom quickly (and on the first alarm) if I actually WANT to wake up though, e.g. for an important event, for a well-planned vacation. Even if I didn't sleep much for the night.

So yes it's actually about whether I want to wake up or not.

Apr 17, 2013

I could get to the bathroom quickly (and on the first alarm) if I actually WANT to wake up though, e.g. for an important event, for a well-planned vacation. Even if I didn't sleep much for the night.

So yes it's actually about whether I want to wake up or not.

Basically. 8am tee time with my buddies that I need to get up at 6 for? I'm out of bed before my alarm even goes off. 7am alarm to go to work on a Tuesday? Hand me a gun and I'll end it before the first snooze.

Apr 17, 2013

The trick is called being a man.

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Apr 17, 2013
adapt or die:

The trick is called being a man.

Lol

If you're having trouble waking up you should address the root causes: either you're not getting enough sleep, or you don't want to wake up because you hate your life, or you have a medical problem...or all of the above

Apr 17, 2013
adapt or die:

The trick is called being a man.

ROFL

Apr 17, 2013
adapt or die:

The trick is called being a man.

ROFL

Apr 17, 2013

M-F I cannot get out of bed for the life of me. I hit snooze numerous times usually feel miserable, its not my lack of sleep or anything just current lack of motivation with work. Now on the weekends if I am going skiing or have any other plans I hop out of bed real easily no matter how little I slept

Apr 17, 2013

They say "Sleep is for the weak", which means I must be the biggest pussy on wso - can not wake up to save my life!

Bitch please, I love bananas! If you found my advice useful, hit me up with one.

Apr 17, 2013

Depends on the day and what I have to do.

Greed is Good!

Apr 17, 2013

Had a super bad waking problem waking up in high school and college. Never had a problem during internships or full time work. Like others have said, depends on the importance of what you need to wake up for.

Apr 17, 2013

Out of habit, I still set my alarm for 5:45 am. I usually wake up between 5:00 - 5:30.

Apr 17, 2013

Don't set an alarm before you get up, a 15-20 minute sleep cycle will just make you more tired. Just set 5 alarms at 1-2 minute intervals when you need to get up, and if you're really struggling, put it at the other side of the room. Getting used to lack of sleep tends to help too.

Apr 17, 2013

Waking up doesn't phase me anymore. Somewhere along the line, I reversed my internal clock completely and now wake up at 5am without an alarm. My entire life, I was a "night owl" and not a morning person whatsoever. Now I'm ready to roll before the sun comes up.

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Apr 17, 2013

I love waking up early now. Early morning workout is a great way to start the day.

Apr 17, 2013

Anybody know if the 90 mins sleep cycle actually works?...

Apr 17, 2013

It does work. The problem is nailing your sleep cycle. Not everyone's is 90 minutes (could be longer or shorter) and you also have to consider time it takes you to fall asleep. If you miss it by say 20 minutes, you'll wake up with the sleep inertia and your day will be F'd.

On the other hand, if you nail the sleep cycle, you may only get 4 hours of sleep, but you'll feel well rested and ready to go. With that said, if you only got 4 hours of sleep, you are going to wear out pretty early in the day.

Like the legend says, if you wake up at the end of your sleep cycle, you'll be ready to go.

Apr 17, 2013

Have a kid. That way you can have the Holy trifecta: no sleep, no snooze and always miserable.

Just drag your ass out of bed. Like it's gonna suck no matter what. Once you hit the shower you should be fine.

Apr 17, 2013

I have three kids. What is this sleep shit that you guys keep talking about? New buzzword in the hippity hoppity community?

Apr 17, 2013

I have the same problem. I think to me, it depends whether I have anything important and urgent that day. If not, I will probably lie there for thirty minutes before actually getting out of the bed.

Apr 17, 2013

I have the same problem. I think to me, it depends whether I have anything important and urgent that day. If not, I will probably lie there for thirty minutes before actually getting out of the bed.

Apr 17, 2013

Sounds like a great weekend. Every once in a while I do this on the wknd... the 48 hr hibernation is soo necessary for anyone who is over worked constantly.

Apr 17, 2013

Serious post?

Apr 17, 2013

Straight snoozing for 1 hour. I usually set my alarm 1 hour earlier so when I finally wake up I still get to where I need to be on time

Apr 17, 2013

I'm sure if you ever have a live-in gf (bf?) they will love you setting the alarm an hour early. What a pussy.

Apr 17, 2013

delted

Apr 17, 2013

The longer you wait, the worse it gets. Just get up and go.

Apr 17, 2013

My routine is set an extra alarm 1 hour prior to when I actually have to wake up. Works for me.

Apr 17, 2013

If i set my alarm and kept hitting the snooze for an hour I don't think I'd have a fiance anymore.

Also, I have two dogs that sleep on me that don't really care for the snooze alarm either.

Apr 17, 2013

My gf gets pissed if I hit the snooze once and the second the alarm goes off the first time my dog is up and ready to go. It's made it a lot easier to get out of bed

Apr 17, 2013

Get. The fuck. Out of bed. Seriously. As much of an effort it is to get out of bed, you're worse off by hitting the snooze repeatedly and/or contemplating how much your life sucks. I used to do it, now I get up and go to the gym instead. Snooze for an hour, or burn 1000 calories? One is significantly better for your well being/happiness/mental state and the other just makes you feel lazy and worthless until lunch. Get out of bed.

Apr 17, 2013

Use a bio-rhythm alarm clock app like 'sleepbot'.

Apr 17, 2013

I know what you mean, but try to get excited about something in the morning. Whether it might be breakfast or a jog. I had a major issue with this problem and have been trying to correct it for the last week. I now wake up to go for a 10-20 minute run. I try to keep it competitive by trying to beat previous paces and such.

Apr 17, 2013

A website to try is sleepyti.me. It works off sleep cycles. It's harder for me to wake up not because I'm tired, but because my bed is so comfortable.

Apr 17, 2013

I always get up right away. No point to spend excessive time in bed. We'll all have plenty of time to sleep one day.

Apr 17, 2013

I used to have same issue, but started quoting agent Gibbs from NCIS "you can sleep when you're dead"

Apr 17, 2013

I typically wake up ready to go and quickly go through my morning routine. I've found that this lets you sleep longer/undisturbed and gets me ready to hit the ground running. The whole 10-20min snooze does nothing for me. In fact, it makes me feel worse.

Apr 17, 2013

Read a book called The Power of Habit by Charles Duhigg. A trick I picked up from the book was putting my running clothes/shoes right next to my bed so that it's the first thing I see when I wake up.

Or... go to bed hungry and eat something you crave for breakfast (steak, chocolate, ice cream, etc... whatever your lazy Snorlax heart desires).

Or... use different songs as your alarm so you don't get used to the same noise. I find alternating between EDM (Skrillex) and classical music works well.

Or... program a Fitbit to vibrate as an additional alarm. This one is especially useful if you have a significant other.

There's also an app that makes you solve math problems of varying difficulty in order to turn off your alarm. I personally hated that app, but maybe it'll work for you.

You can also buy a machine that emits light similar to the sun. Heard it works, never tried it.

There are so many ways to wake up better. I hope you find something that works.

Apr 17, 2013

I still wake up without an alarm clock at 5AM and through myself into a push-up, sit-up and squat routine to get the blood flowing.

Si Vis Pacem Para Bellum

Apr 17, 2013

If you are interested in looking at your sleep cycle data, you can get one of those fitness bands that tracks your sleep. Definitely, a solid investment.

Apr 17, 2013

If you're just lazy, then I don't know what to tell you. Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room so you have to get out of bed. Become a morning person, it's a better way of life. I'm usually in the gym while other people are still sleeping, and while they're still half asleep at their desk I'm eating their lunch.

And. It. Tastes. Delicious.

If you're not getting enough sleep, then that's going to be a bigger problem over time. I forget the exact ratio but research done last year demonstrated something to the effect that for every hour of sleep you lose, it has the net effect of making you around 10 IQ points dumber. Just like muscles need protein and cars need oil changes, your brain needs sleep to perform its routine maintenance functions. This is backed by hard science and you're only kidding yourself to think otherwise.

Apr 17, 2013

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Apr 17, 2013

I set alarms a couple minutes apart from each other. When I snooze the first one, one or two more go off before I can call back asleep. By that point I am just awake. 4:45, 4:47, 4:50 etc. for my alarms.

Then I go work out.

Apr 17, 2013

Really nothing better to talk about for 2 pages on Monkeying Around than when you get up from bed?

Apr 17, 2013
NickW1:

Really nothing better to talk about for 2 pages on Monkeying Around than when you get up from bed?

There are alot of children on this board. Without their parents to wake them up in the morning, they cannot deal with getting up.

Apr 17, 2013

Sorry for the late response, I've been busy oversleeping. But thanks for those of you who gave real tips. I didn't realize that so many people consider this such bitch assness.

Apr 17, 2013

Fear works for me. Playing football and having 6am training sessions were not that difficult because I didn't want to get dropped. Similarly, with work, I don't want to look incompetent or worse, lose my job. Same thing with exams, where I'm up way before the alarm.

Apr 17, 2013

Fear works for me. Playing football and having 6am training sessions were not that difficult because I didn't want to get dropped. Similarly, with work, I don't want to look incompetent or worse, lose my job. Same thing with exams, where I'm up way before the alarm.

Apr 3, 2013

Practice getting up! This is the best advice that has worked for me. It sounds silly, but practice bolting out of bed when the alarm sounds when you are not tired (ie, in the middle of the day), and this will soon become a natural reaction that will be enforced when you are groggy in the morning.

For more, information, read this great article
http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/04/how-to-ge...

Bets of luck waking up! I feel like death every morning, but it does wear off later on...

To the starving man, beans are caviar

Apr 17, 2013

read up on sleep cycles, find out what yours is, likely 75-90 minutes. if you're sleeping an even multiple of that (e.g. 6 hrs or 7.5 hrs if a 90 minute cycle), you're better rested than 8 hours or 7 hours.

alternatively, you could try clocky

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=07oXGYf64Lo

Apr 17, 2013

Try the Sleep Cycle app. It tracks your sleep cycles automatically and wakes you up during your lightest sleep phase.

Apr 17, 2013

I'd give it a week before I'd put a bullet in that.

Apr 17, 2013
Apr 17, 2013

I assume you use this. Do you wake up from the light at all or the sound first?

Apr 17, 2013

Damn, seventy bucks for an alarm clock. Does look pretty cool though. Is it bright enough for the light to actually wake you if it didn't have an alarm? And do you have to put it right by your face for it to be effective?

Apr 17, 2013

Set an alarm and put it out of arm's reach. You can't half-consciously turn that off.

Also, I'm not sure what age you are, but I was the same way in college. Slept through morning classes all the time. Didn't wake up to double digit alarms on my phone and computer. When I graduated and got a job though - it just stopped. Something in me, probably fear of oversleeping and coming in late to work, just clicked and I started waking up early enough no matter what. Then, you start going to bed earlier because you're tired sooner, and boom - now you can't sleep in past 7am on a Saturday either just like me.

Thinking back, I never slept through a test or a presentation, no matter how early, even though I slept through numerous classes. Fear is a powerful motivator.

Apr 17, 2013

I already tried setting it out of reach but as I mentioned I am very hard to wake up, When I do that the alarm will keep ringing until I automatically wake up from enough sleep, or until my brother in the other room wakes up by the noise and wakes me.

Funny story:

When I was young my room was just facing the house's entrance. One night, my parents forgot their keys and I was the only one at home sleeping; they have knocked for hours until my father lost his temper and borrowed a sledge hammer from the neighbors and destroyed the hell out of the door to get in, and that didn't wake me up either.

@BatemanBatemanBateman : the clock looks like a brilliant idea for normal people, however not for me as I keep the curtain open on purpose and we live in a very sunny country. I imagine this clock would be useful in places like EU or NYC during the winter

@thebrofessor & @property I will look into that, did not try the sleeping cycle approach but I always felt that my body needed somewhere between 7-8 hours

Apr 17, 2013

I use this one app on my phone called "Alarm Clock Extreme" or something like that.

I make it so that all my alarms require me to solve one math problem set on easy difficulty (things like 7+3). I wake up fairly easily, so one easy math problem is enough for me. However, you can set it so that you have to complete up to 10 math problems, and make them more difficult. I think the hardest thing would probably be double digit multiplication / subtraction, but I'm not sure. If anyone needs help finding the app, shoot me a message.

Apr 17, 2013

There is an alarm clock in which you put money (the ads showed $100 bill for dramatic effect), and if you don't wake up and press a button, the clock burns your money.

I think that should wake you up - unless you put in a dollar bill.

Apr 17, 2013

Follow the shit your fellow monkeys say @shitWSOsays

Life is hard, it's even harder when you're stupid - John Wayne

Apr 17, 2013

I personally just put my phone on full blast playing a song. I usually have it play a Metallica song and I wake up every morning feeling like a bad ass

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Apr 17, 2013

Put your alarm on the other side of your room. Don't sleep in total darkness. Download the app Sleep Cycle and use it.

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WSO is not your personal search function.

Apr 17, 2013

My apartment with a sunrise facing window has no curtains.

Apr 17, 2013

The apartment I was renting had a sunrise-facing window an 12th floor. Works pretty well in summer. So I guess sun-raising alarm clock is one of the efficient methods.

Apr 3, 2013

drink a shit ton of water so you have to pee

Apr 3, 2013
couchy:

drink a shit ton of water so you have to pee

I second this. Also, if I know I'll have difficulty waking up in an hour or two, I'll sleep on my recliner. Sometimes you'll wake up with a sore back, but at least you'll get up.

Though, the best thing is just to make a habit of never hitting the snooze button, even if your schedule can handle it.

Apr 17, 2013

haha, I could just as easily have posted the exact same thing!

Apr 17, 2013

-get to sleep earlier!!
-sleep with curtains open
-get someone to wake you up with a phonecall
-have something you look forward to every day even if it's just wearing a new pair of shoes/tie etc
-set the alarm on your radio so that it will broadcast the news; once you hear the rest of the world is awake it gives you a good reason to get up yourself

Apr 17, 2013

Multiple alarms at max volume all far away from your bed so you can't hit snooze...

Apr 17, 2013
Apr 17, 2013

This is a very legit concern. When I first started working FT I used to catch weekly flights at ridiculous hours of the morning (e.g., I recall setting my alarm for 3:30am) and it was almost impossible to wake up.

I currently set two alarms that are staggered by 15 minutes - the second one is a radio alarm that's turned up to a very high volume. As part of my routine, I'll almost always turn off the second alarm before it actually goes off.

Both alarms are kept on the far side of my bedroom - if I can reach over and turn an alarm off without getting out of bed, there is a very real risk that when exhausted I'll just go right back to sleep.

Apr 17, 2013

Yeah, one of those legit concerns that just will not fly as an excuse in the workplace. Same as showing up to work with huge pit stains in the summer...

I'll echo what was said above and a couple of other things. As soon as you initially wake up, immediately open your sheets. I find that a few minutes of being cold helps to wake up. Additionally being able to generate a sense of urgency in the morning really helps... not sure how to quite explain it.

One trick I used when traveling was to order room service breakfast the night before in case the wake-up call didn't come through.

Apr 17, 2013

agree with smu

radio alarm set for 540, smash the crap out of this the minute it goes off
phone alarm set for 545 (super loud and far enough that i have to get outta bed to turn it off).

turn on all lights immediately upon waking, they are very bright and makes it harder to fall back asleep.

upon waking up want to kill myself. after a shower and eating some breakfast, feel a lot better and can handle being awake.

Apr 17, 2013

Keep all alarms far away from the bed. Set multiple alarms. Sleep with blinds/curtains open. Maybe even sleep with the window open.

Apr 17, 2013
JuwannaMann:

Maybe even sleep with the window open.

I wouldn't recommend doing this.. this can easily give you a cold considering the amount of rest you'll be getting.

Apr 17, 2013

I used to be a night-owl when I was in college too, but once I hit the working world, I knew I had to come up with some other solution. I developed a morning ritual that I go through before the "big day," which we all know is every day that we work at the great institution known as the investment bank. I call this ritual "The Terminator." First, I crouch down in the shower in the classic "naked terminator traveling through time" pose. With my eyes closed I crouch there for a minute, visualizing either Arnold or the guy from the second movie (not the chick in the third one because that one sucked) and I start to hum the terminator theme. Then I slowly rise to a standing position and open my eyes. It helps me to proceed to a state of awakening to as an emotionless, cyborg badass. The only problem is if the shower curtain sticks to my terminator leg. It ruins the fantasy.

Apr 17, 2013
numi:

I used to be a night-owl when I was in college too, but once I hit the working world, I knew I had to come up with some other solution. I developed a morning ritual that I go through before the "big day," which we all know is every day that we work at the great institution known as the investment bank. I call this ritual "The Terminator." First, I crouch down in the shower in the classic "naked terminator traveling through time" pose. With my eyes closed I crouch there for a minute, visualizing either Arnold or the guy from the second movie (not the chick in the third one because that one sucked) and I start to hum the terminator theme. Then I slowly rise to a standing position and open my eyes. It helps me to proceed to a state of awakening to as an emotionless, cyborg badass. The only problem is if the shower curtain sticks to my terminator leg. It ruins the fantasy.

dude....this is seriously like the most awesomest post ever.

Apr 17, 2013

This doesn't directly answer your question, but I thought that it's interesting:

There has been a scientific study that shows that bodies have an internal alarm clock. When you have it set in your mind that there is an important event at XYZ time tomorrow morning, your brain will release a stress chemical at a pre-programmed time and you'll wake up.

Regardless, I expect that the body quickly adapts, and, once your body realizes that it must wake up at a pre-determined time each morning, it won't be quite as difficult to do as forcing yourself up to make a class that you could otherwise easily skip.

Apr 17, 2013
b2:

This doesn't directly answer your question, but I thought that it's interesting:

There has been a scientific study that shows that bodies have an internal alarm clock. When you have it set in your mind that there is an important event at XYZ time tomorrow morning, your brain will release a stress chemical at a pre-programmed time and you'll wake up.

Regardless, I expect that the body quickly adapts, and, once your body realizes that it must wake up at a pre-determined time each morning, it won't be quite as difficult to do as forcing yourself up to make a class that you could otherwise easily skip.

There is definitely some truth to this.

Problem is, when completely exhausted (e.g., after getting a cumulative 5-6 hours of sleep over the course of 3 nights) this part of your body essentially shuts down. Guess your body is just trying to save you from yourself at that point.

Apr 17, 2013

set the alarm 15mins earlier, when it goes off get out of bed and stumble into the bathroom. Plug the sink and turn the taps on full. Then head back to bed, if you dare. Or maybe get a mood lighting clock that wakes you up gradually like natural sunlight.

Apr 17, 2013

eat a modest lunch and skip dinner. Drink lots of water and milk. By morning you will be jumping out of bed...looking forward to taking the call of nature, and a hearty breakfast before work.

Apr 17, 2013

by prettyspectacular (Chimp, 13 Points) on 3/31/08 at 6:53pm
eat a modest lunch and skip dinner. Drink lots of water and milk. By morning you will be jumping out of bed...looking forward to taking the call of nature, and a hearty breakfast before work.

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Pretty sure that will make you drag ass all day long

Apr 17, 2013
prettyspectacular:

eat a modest lunch and skip dinner. Drink lots of water and milk. By morning you will be jumping out of bed...looking forward to taking the call of nature, and a hearty breakfast before work.

Horrible advice. This will ruin your metabolism.

Apr 17, 2013

Sleeping with the curtains open makes a massive difference assuming it is already somewhat bright by the time you have to get outta bed.

Apr 17, 2013

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Apr 17, 2013

Definitely keep the curtain open- I read it somewhere that you wake up much easier if your eyes sense light.

I highly recommend iHome. Its top volume is ridiculously loud-- and it goes off for a full hour before turning itself off if no one hits it. The alarm can be beeps, your iPod music or radio. Your brain can get used to the same beeping noise and you sleep through it more easily after hearing it a few times, so it helps if you can have different alarm sounds.

I keep a supply of canned expresso in my room. Chugging a can in the morning always works for me. Washing your face with cold water also helps. Warm water (i.e. warm showers) might make you more sleepy.

With that said..I've personally slept though a full hour of iHome at top volume, fell back to sleep after hitting the alarm that's not exactly near my bed, and doze off after double-shot expresso + cups of coffee.. sometimes your body just doesn't function like a machine like it's suppose to for the job.

Apr 17, 2013

Get a really fucking obnoxious ringtone... I recommend Tchaikovsky, my roommate had that and one morning it went off and he wasnt there. I threw it out the window from the 8th floor.

On a more serious note, i recommend not setting the alarm for too early or too late. I am a quad snoozer myself but thats only because i set my alarm for too early and my brain knows its too early. Stereo radios work well, waking up to your favorite adrenaline pumping music will help a lot. Below are some great wake up songs.

Europe- The Final Countdown
Survivor - Eye of the Tiger
Queens of the Stoneage - Millionaire
Puddle of Mudd- Away from Me
Limp Bizkit- Breakstuff

"Oh the ladies ever tell you that you look like a fucking optical illusion" - Frank Slaughtery 25th Hour.

Apr 17, 2013

very simple.

get an iHome -----> Slipknot "Wait and Bleed" on top volume = never will have a problem.

Apr 17, 2013

Whoever recommended clocky the running alarm clock is a genius!
Too bad the thing runs on batteries :(

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- My ex girlfriend

Apr 17, 2013

I think exercise helps. Can't confirm this, but I heard that running helps you get deeper, more restful sleep.

My sophomore year I did really well on about 4 hours of sleep on the weekdays. This was also while I was marathon training.

But maybe the massive amounts of caffeine and creatine had something to do with it as well?

Apr 17, 2013
remote:

I think exercise helps. Can't confirm this, but I heard that running helps you get deeper, more restful sleep.

My sophomore year I did really well on about 4 hours of sleep on the weekdays. This was also while I was marathon training.

But maybe the massive amounts of caffeine and creatine had something to do with it as well?

Why were you taking creatine as a marathon runner?

Apr 17, 2013

this may be weird advice but just think about the time you have to wake up just before going to sleep. The body has an internal clock and is aware. Other then that, just take 2 alarm clocks and sleep with them right next to your face. Thats what i usually do..

Apr 17, 2013
CDN:

this may be weird advice but just think about the time you have to wake up just before going to sleep. The body has an internal clock and is aware. Other then that, just take 2 alarm clocks and sleep with them right next to your face. Thats what i usually do..

It works for me... I confirm. I also find sleeping with your room lights on. You do not get restful sleep but you do wake up in time. I did this prior to any interview that I had 8:30 am

Apr 17, 2013

ephedrine/caffeine/green tea

Apr 17, 2013

and ya skipping dinner is a terrible idea, puts your metabolism in starvation mode. eat a big breakfast with protein/carbs/fat, should be one of the biggest meals. no/little carbs with dinner, slow digesting food right before bed (cottage cheese, PB, casein protein), super healthy and will help you sleep better and have energy

Apr 17, 2013

clocky may be adorable, but this alarm clock will wake the living dead: http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/lights/8f1a/?c...

Apr 17, 2013
srr636:

clocky may be adorable, but this alarm clock will wake the living dead: http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/lights/8f1a/?c...

the sonic bomb clock is a killer. there are times when you get too scared to sleep with the damn thing under your bed.

Apr 17, 2013

While I love Al Hirt, the only alarm tone I can wake up to is the green hornet theme. No clue why, but that's always thecase.

Apr 17, 2013

http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/lights/8f1a/
if 113 decibals and vibrating the bed don't wake you up, probably nothing will.

Apr 17, 2013

I'm not going to opine on the catching a cold reasoning, but the other reason not leave the window open is that if it is cold in your room you will just want to stay bundled up under the blanket in your warm bed.

Apr 17, 2013
AltESV:

I'm not going to opine on the catching a cold reasoning, but the other reason not leave the window open is that if it is cold in your room you will just want to stay bundled up under the blanket in your warm bed.

definitely agree, i have a really hard time getting up if it is cold.

If anything, try to time your thermostat so it gets unbearably hot around the time you have to wake up. You body temperature is directly related to your level of alertness.

Apr 17, 2013

Why would you take creatine when training for a marathon? Wouldn't that seriously slow you down?

"It is a fine thing to be out on the hills alone. A man can hardly be a beast or a fool alone on a great mountain." - Francis Kilvert (1840-1879)

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"It is a fine thing to be out on the hills alone. A man can hardly be a beast or a fool alone on a great mountain." - Francis Kilvert (1840-1879)

"Ce serait bien plus beau si je pouvais le dire a quelqu'un." - Samivel

Apr 17, 2013

http://alumni.media.mit.edu/~nanda/projects/clocky...
Didn't work for me, but I hope you have more luck :)

Apr 17, 2013

This is one of those rare times when I may be able to contribute to this forum! If you have an ipod and any kind of non-phone set of speakers where you live, then the solution is easy.

Set the alarm on your ipod. Plug speakers in. Set speakers to a loud, loud volume. This is the easiest way of getting a uselessly loud alarm without having to buy anything you don't already have. As an additional safeguard, put the ipod sufficiently far away that you MUST get out of bed to turn it off.

Apr 17, 2013

The darker the room, the deeper the sleep. You'll sleep better with the curtains closed (assuming curtains open = slightly more light into your room), but it will be more difficult to get up.

What do you think about wearing those night-time eye covers? I sleep significantly deeper when I wear them, and waking up is rarely a problem.

Apr 17, 2013

What a great post, esp. the terminator comment! Did F9 just admit to wearing eye covers? HA

ihome is money and slightly opened blinds will help with your circadian rhythm

Apr 17, 2013
junkbondswap:

What a great post, esp. the terminator comment!

haha, thanks man...glad i could inspire someone with my wake-up routine

Apr 17, 2013

Try it. You'll sleep 10x deeper, and I've never had a problem waking up when I wear them. Same goes for ear plugs. If you take time to learn excel shortcuts to become more efficient, I think it is also worthwhile to become a more efficient sleeper.

Apr 17, 2013

Is there anyone else who sleeps with the lights on? ash37 are you joking?

Apr 17, 2013

If you have trouble waking up, avoid heavy exercise until you become used to waking up at the same time every morning. After a performing heavy lifts you sleep much deeper and it is much more likely that you will not wake up. Light exercise, like going for a walk or something should be fine.

Also, a lot of it is mental. There were times when I absolutely had to wake up the following morning for something important when an alarm clock was not available for whatever reason. As I fell asleep, I would keep telling myself that I had to wake up by a certain time. It always works if I truly want to wake up.

Apr 17, 2013
oasising:

If you have trouble waking up, avoid heavy exercise until you become used to waking up at the same time every morning. After a performing heavy lifts you sleep much deeper and it is much more likely that you will not wake up. Light exercise, like going for a walk or something should be fine.

Also, a lot of it is mental. There were times when I absolutely had to wake up the following morning for something important when an alarm clock was not available for whatever reason. As I fell asleep, I would keep telling myself that I had to wake up by a certain time. It always works if I truly want to wake up.

Is this an April Fool's joke? Have you never tried working on little sleep? No matter how much you tell yourself that you need to wake up in 3 hours, if you're dead tired that's not something you can rely one. And btw, lifting before you go to sleep gives you lighter sleep, not heavier.

Apr 17, 2013

This guy runs a motivational blog and sometimes can be kind of cheesy but he has written a few entries about waking up early that I think are definitely worth checking out.

http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/05/how-to-be... http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2005/05/how-to-be...
http://www.stevepavlina.com/blog/2006/04/how-to-ge...
hope it helps.

Apr 17, 2013

I'm serious. Whenever I sleep on the floor, I never fail to wake up early.

Alarm clocks never work for me. I don't care how loud it is or how many times it goes off or how far away from me it is. If the alarm clock is in a different state, I would find a way to turn it off.

But sleeping on the floor? Well, I've never overslept when I've done that. It's not restful by any means but if I absolutely have to wake up for something, I'll do it.

Where you run into trouble is when you're so tired that NOTHING wakes you up. This only happened to me once, after an absurd string of all-nighters in a 2-week span.

Apr 17, 2013

I have 3 alarm clocks that I set at different times. So if its really 10 PM, one will be 10:10, the other 10:14, and the 3rd 10:22. Then set each one for a different alarm time. Yes its common sense to think, I have more time, so go back to sleep. But you'll notice once your semi-conscious, your brain doesn't really calculate how much time you have and which alarm is closest to the real time. You just see the time, and the panic/adrenaline will get you out of bed. After you hit snooze 6 times(2 for each alarm), when you get out of bed to hit it the 3rd time, and see what time it is...

Make sure you dont have any accurate times around(wrist watch, cell phone).

I get used to the alarms after a bit, so I usually keep adjusting them. After 2 weeks, the time may be like 30-45 minutes off, at which point Ill start all over again.

Apr 17, 2013

i actually overslept a bunch my first few weeks, which was a disaster. i always made it in on time, but it was still pretty frightening. in any case, beyond alarm clocks, lights on/off etc, there are two things which you can do that will probably help.
1) strange as it sounds - start "practicing" - like 2 weeks before your start date, start making yourself wake up at the time that you will need to be up for work and don't go back to sleep for at least awhile. you can take a nap later or whatever, but start getting your internal clock set to the hours it will need to keep come this summer.
2) if you're in NYU housing or wherever - chances are there is another SA (i'm assuming you're doing S&T ...if you can't wake up for banking, i'm a bit more scared for you...) that will also have to be up at the crack of dawn. start a buddy system - don't leave without each other. a fellow SA last year, saved my ass on about five occasions by loudly pounding on my door.

Apr 17, 2013

Something that will pull your duvet/blanket off you and then spray you with cold water should definately do the trick. Something from the film "Overboard". It'll just be a matter of time before this method will start pissing you off. Annoying but effective.

Apr 17, 2013

I like to wake up by the feel of my ho's riding on my wiener.

Apr 17, 2013

Here is what I would suggest.

Get one of these and set it to start slightly before you need to wake up.

http://www.toolsforwellness.com/sad.html
Then have a separate alarm farther from your bed going off exactly when you need to get out of bed.

Apr 17, 2013

Damn... definitely the opposite of the atom bomb :).

Apr 17, 2013

i find that masturbating in the morning helps wake me up

Apr 17, 2013
guts:

i find that masturbating in the morning helps wake me up

weird, it makes me fall back to sleep

Apr 17, 2013
Apr 17, 2013

good post

Apr 17, 2013

Oh my god this alarm clock is hilarious.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=93RvM7NnpJU
"Oh - the ladies ever tell you that you look like a fucking optical illusion?"

"Oh the ladies ever tell you that you look like a fucking optical illusion" - Frank Slaughtery 25th Hour.

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Apr 3, 2013

I have a coffee pot on a timer on the night stand and when I smell fresh coffee in the morning I take the pot off and pour it on my face. You will never hop out of bed quicker than 3rd degree burns.

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Apr 3, 2013
Cruncharoo:

I have a coffee pot on a timer on the night stand and when I smell fresh coffee in the morning I take the pot off and pour it on my face. You will never hop out of bed quicker than 3rd degree burns.

LOL

Apr 3, 2013
Cruncharoo:

I have a coffee pot on a timer on the night stand and when I smell fresh coffee in the morning I take the pot off and pour it on my face. You will never hop out of bed quicker than 3rd degree burns.

I was think a bottle of acid near the be bed would be better. It would be a lot easier than having to make the coffee.

Apr 3, 2013
Cruncharoo:

I have a coffee pot on a timer on the night stand and when I smell fresh coffee in the morning I take the pot off and pour it on my face. You will never hop out of bed quicker than 3rd degree burns.

I do this but simply drink the coffee instead of pouring it on my face. 4 alarms + coffee beside bed = pretty damn good chance of waking up.

Apr 3, 2013
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