IB Problems Waking Up, am I fucked?

This is a serious inquiry and I'm not just a pussy. Wondering if any of you can relate. Ever since I have been young, I have been an insanely deep sleeper. If I don't sleep much and go into a coma sleep, an alarm literally stands no chance at waking me up.

With constant benders of no sleep how do you guys do it and not come in late/miss calls?

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Jul 16, 2020 - 1:28pm

no way would it help sadly, my room is flooded with light and I still don't wake.

path less traveled

Jul 16, 2020 - 2:33pm

I remember in college I literally couldn't wake up past 1 p.m., and missed 80% of my morning classes. Once hitting the desk, the responsibility/stress/excitement in my mind just automatically made it a lot easier to wake up. I wouldn't worry too much about it.

Jul 16, 2020 - 2:51pm

It's group and bank dependent, but most Analysts rolled in somewhere between 9 and 10am in my BB M&A group. Banking is actually a pretty sweet gig for people that don't like mornings...

Jul 16, 2020 - 4:04pm

I used to sleep through alarms often, then I got an app (Alarmy) that was obnoxiously loud and does not stop until you complete a task, which I have set to math problems. It has never failed to wake me up. I'd recommend looking into similar apps and see if any may help in your situation.

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Jul 16, 2020 - 5:39pm

Overlooked solution is to sleep earlier, more, and using a militaristic routine. If you're well rested and you're sleeping well, then you could go a long way to improving your problem.

I understand that may not always be practical given banking hours but I would seriously prioritize that over all the gimmicks suggested in this thread that don't provide a longer term solution. I think too many people overlook how shaving off 20 minutes here and there can add up to 1 or 2 more hours of sleep on a consistent basis. Averaging 6 hours per night can have a dramatic improvement over averaging 4.5 hours per night. Outside of sleep hygiene, obvious areas to shave time off include showering faster, less social media, and anything you can do to optimize the time between the end of work and sleep.

Off the top of my head: Melatonin (0.3mg several hours before sleep at the same time every night), working out during the day so you're even sleepier at night, sleeping in pitch black (get black out curtains), have a cool room (around 65 degrees) and white noise, not chugging fluids before sleep, only being in bed for sleep and sex (never lay in or sit on bed or even better never enter the bedroom except for sleep), don't bring electronics into bedroom, wake up at the same time everyday and immediately exposing yourself to sun light and/or blue light (even better if you sleep at same time every night, but again banking hours can be an obstacle), checking if pharmaceutical or recreational drugs are messing with your sleep, diagnosing and treating underlying psychiatric and/or sleep conditions (common ones are anxiety, depression, delayed sleep phase disorder, sleep apnea, etc.)

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