Waking up in the morning (recommendations)

Pretty straightforward. Work until 12 - 2am, need to wake up at 6am. Consistently sleeping through my alarms and waking up late in a panic. Was thinking about getting a timed shock collar to electrocute myself up at 6am. Anyone have experience with this or have a better idea? 

Yes, my phone is on max volume, in a speaker, and vibrates, and is on the other side of the room. I'm just super exhausted. But I can't keep waking up 30 minutes late to a call from my associate eating buttered popcorn for breakfast asking me why tf I haven't replied to some email. 

Was thinking about paying a homeless person to live on my sofa and splash me with ice water at 5:55am, will provide them with shower, food, and like $10 a day. Plus shelter. Then they wouldn't be homeless anymore. 

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May 27, 2021 - 10:49pm

I'm confused. why are you waking up at 6AM? Are you part of a trading desk where you need to be up earlier ? 
 

In either case; if the phone trick doesn't work, honestly not sure what will. It shouldn't be that challenging to get up

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May 27, 2021 - 11:51pm

That's BS - btw, I've had very similar thoughts.  Started asking the roommates but that was 9am at least.  I would buy them beers if they got me up (no beers if I was already up to my own alarm).  Lateral to a bank where you can work til midnight and then come in at 9.

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  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 28, 2021 - 12:13am

this is insane even for WFH. People at my bank come to the office around 9:30-40 if they worked past midnight

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May 28, 2021 - 1:24am

This might sound stupid but my trick to waking up to my alarm is only having one alarm set. Once my body is aware that i only got one chance to wakeup im more inclined to take it seriously and wake up. Whereas if i had 20 alarms i could just snooze and defer to the next alarm. Try telling yourself you have 1 alarm and 1 try to get up and then implement it. Might take a few days to get used to

May 29, 2021 - 8:50pm

bearfuxor420

This might sound stupid but my trick to waking up to my alarm is only having one alarm set. Once my body is aware that i only got one chance to wakeup im more inclined to take it seriously and wake up. Whereas if i had 20 alarms i could just snooze and defer to the next alarm. Try telling yourself you have 1 alarm and 1 try to get up and then implement it. Might take a few days to get used to

On God... Set one, be done.... if youre worried about sleeping in, just let it happen... do it too many times and you won't have to worry about setting it anyway... REM sleep is for closers... 

May 28, 2021 - 2:03am

In case this isn't a troll since I went through a phase of sleeping past alarms due to exhaustion, get an alarm called the sonic boom or something. It is so loud that you will have no choice but to wake up and face the music. It is by no means pleasant but it gets the job done. And yes your roommates if you have them will hate you dearly for it but just buy them beers or something every friday. Better than missing that call or whatever it is.

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May 29, 2021 - 2:23am

Haha I never used it though yes, it did come with that. That thing was so loud that it was enough to wake up anything or anyone alive or dead. Thank god I never have to use it again. Now use a Hatch which is much more tame and tolerable 

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Jun 3, 2021 - 3:39pm

TheBuellerBanker

In case this isn't a troll since I went through a phase of sleeping past alarms due to exhaustion, get an alarm called the sonic boom or something. It is so loud that you will have no choice but to wake up and face the music. It is by no means pleasant but it gets the job done. And yes your roommates if you have them will hate you dearly for it but just buy them beers or something every friday. Better than missing that call or whatever it is.

Hahaha the sonic boom alarm is a massive dick move if you have roommates. My roommate had one and the fucking guy would go out and not come home on weekend nights and I would have to deal with his screeching alarm clock at 7am. That wasn't gonna work for one second lol. 

Jun 4, 2021 - 12:39am

Oh only a Studio/1br move hahaha don't do it with roommates unless you want them to hate you, sounds like hell.

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May 28, 2021 - 4:43am

Try the app called Sleep Cycle. I'm in PST timezone and need to be up by 6am at the latest to catch market open. Struggled a lot with missing alarms and sleeping through, even sleeping for hours extra due to built up exhaustion. You need to realize lost sleep builds up so at one point even special alarm apps won't do you any good when your body really needs the rest. In terms of the app I mentioned, you need to keep it on a nightstand by you and it records your sleep through the night and tries to wake you up in a 30 minute interval when you are 'least asleep'(rem cycle shit). Worked for me literally the day I started using this app. Good luck and consider just trying to get some more sleep.

May 29, 2021 - 12:50am

Bro it doesn't work if you place it on the nightstand - it's supposed to be monitoring your movement over the course of the night by placing it next to your pillow to sense vibrations 😂😂😂

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May 28, 2021 - 5:02am

There are alarms that brighten up over 30 minutes as you get closer to the alarm. I used to wake up with one of those on max brightness which becomes like a flood light hitting you in the morning. I think the idea is that your body prepares to wake up based on the light and then it becomes easier when the actual alarm goes off. That + caffeine pills.

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May 28, 2021 - 9:04am

I set my alarm in a way that it keeps going until I turn it off manually. If it does not wake you up, your apartment neighbors definitely will find a way

May 28, 2021 - 9:43am

Yo, I struggle so much with this as well.

Something that works pretty well for me is sleeping close to a window where the sun will hit me right in the face in the morning.

May 28, 2021 - 9:53am

try the Alarmy app and pay for the premium version. $10 / month or something. You have to complete "challenges" before the alarm stops ringing and there's no shortcuts to turning it off. I'm a notorious snoozer and this has been a life changer for me.

I've set my challenge to be 25 squats. The phone somehow knows whether you're doing them or not. Around 15 - 20 I feel like my brain turns on and makes it a lot easier to not go back to bed.

I also leave a comfy pair of sweatpants and hoodie by my bed that I put on as soon as I get out which I find has helped (vs. being cold as soon as you get out of bed) 

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Jun 2, 2021 - 2:22pm

Somehow you can't turn your phone off. It really is bullet proof.

May 28, 2021 - 10:00am

Well the way I see it, you have 2 options:

1. Ask your boss for a cock and ball cage that he can connect via a phone app to shock you whenever they see fit, hopefully it's not too expensive because you'll have to pay for it

2. Find a new job

I've been on that schedule before, literally 4.5-5 hours of sleep a night. I did it for ~5 or 6 months and had enough. I gained weight, was miserable, life sucked. Even parts of life that didn't suck, it still sucked. It's one thing if you're a SEAL hopeful in BUD/S going through awful conditions to earn your Trident, it's another to just work for someone and go through this. What value does this bring your life? Money is important, I'm not a monk dressed in robes all day. But what's your alternative options? There's always ways to move jobs. 

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
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May 28, 2021 - 10:37am

Have a kid. That has put me out of the alarm market. My 6yo is in my room at 6am rain or shine. 

May 29, 2021 - 8:56am

This might sound crazy: I love waking up early because I am so much more efficient early morning, like 5am or 5:30am. Ofc I won't wake up that early if I had a 2am night before.

Plant that idea into your head gradually. If you don't play "Inception" a bit, you won't be able to wake up early consistently when you can. 

May 29, 2021 - 9:20am

Really surprised this hasn't been said.

Buy a Fitbit or the cheap equivalent. They have alarms where the watch vibrates on your wrist to wake you up, very effective. I was one to sleep through alarms but this works every time, might save you getting a shock collar...

Also has a feature where you set a time you need to be awake by and it will wake you up at the best time of your sleep cycle and on the app you can see how shit your sleep really is and how much deep/light/REM sleep you get. 

May 29, 2021 - 8:45pm

I used to have really bad problems with this.

I eventually used an old-fashioned alarm clock radio that you needed to turn a knob to disable, and I would hide the knob in my room deep enough that I would be fully awake by the time I found it.

  • Analyst 1 in AM - Equities
May 29, 2021 - 11:43pm

Step 1: install a microchip deep inside your asshole. 

Step 2: Everytime one of your superiors sends you an email or text, the microchip gives you just under a third degree burn in your ass. 

Step 3: Happy boss, happy life

  • Analyst 1 in IB - Gen
May 30, 2021 - 6:49am

Don't wake up at 6am. Nobody needs you at 6. Your MDs may be early, but they can wait until 9...

Jun 3, 2021 - 5:43pm

You can choose what to tolerate and what to not. That may require getting a new job, which may or may not be worth it depending on the person.

I have historically had problems with management since my first job at Starbucks. I know that I'm not the type to climb up in rank (which doesn't make me special, I'm just a shit employee who questions too much and have trouble with political situations). I choose to job hop a bit, maybe it'll catch up to me. Who knows? 

“The three most harmful addictions are heroin, carbohydrates, and a monthly salary.” - Nassim Taleb
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May 30, 2021 - 12:45pm

If you really want to leave nothing to chance, get the "shock clock".

Starting with a soft vibration, it gives you increasing levels of electric stimulation and will not stop until you do jumping jacks, solve problems, scan QR codes placed about the house. etc

Its like waking up in a Saw movie.

May 30, 2021 - 6:42pm

Not sure if already mentioned, but try the app Alarmy (not sure if available for Android as well). Got the pro version as I was basically dead in the morning, overslept basically everyday and had to change something. You can set up some tasks that need to be completed before the alarm is off. Printed a QR code I have to scan in the kitchen and bathroom (so have to actually go there to turn the alarm off, and use it to make some coffee and jump into the shower). You'll also have to confirm that you are actually awake after a certain amount of time (up to you) or it all starts again (annoying if you miss it because you're in the shower, basically have to jump out because my phone would probably explode as it's crazy loud). Really saved me

Jun 1, 2021 - 3:25pm

I use an app called "Alarmy". I have set a "mission" where I have to photograph my kettle to turn the alarm off. Moreover, 10 mins after I turned off the alarm this way, it will silently send my phone a notification and if I don't click it (fell back asleep) it will start ringing again and I will have to do the "mission" all over. Quite effective I have to say. 

EDIT: just realised a guy above has a similar (better) setup, guess it's decently popular ahah

Jun 1, 2021 - 3:59pm

Alarmy - gets louder and louder and you can set the alarm to only turn off after you've completed a puzzle/problem. Try falling back to sleep after you do 6 digit multiplication problems in your head just to get the alarm to snooze.

Edit: saw others recommending alarmy too lol

"It depends."

Jun 1, 2021 - 6:31pm

There are these special alarm clocks which do wonders, my director uses one and he works pretty sims or hours to analysts. It fakes sunlight when your alarm goes up and apparently it works wonders, fully awake when it turns on.

Diet is huge when it comes to sleep quality maximization. A lot of vegetables, legumes and whole foods. If you're going to consume animal protein make sure it's not from a factory farm, the groans and antibiotics they use have adverse long term health effects.

Get some orange lens blue blockers and wear them 2 hours before bed.

You wont be as grogy when you wake up, hence less of an inclination to hit the snooze. Easier said than done but try to plan 30 min a day for meditation or high intensity exercise.

Jun 1, 2021 - 7:24pm

Plug your phone into a speaker with an aux port, set the alarm, turn the volume all the way up on the speaker, place it across the room or outside the room somewhere so you have to walk to it. You'll get up.

Neighbors and roommates are going to hate you, it'll be great.

Jun 2, 2021 - 3:27pm

i'm surprised nobody else liked the homeless person idea. i'd go with that one. max social good.

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