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9 Ways to Wake Up Earlier for Your Morning Shift

Tania Khadder | NursingLink

July 24, 2009

1) Go to bed when you’re tired, and wake up at the same time every day.

You might be thinking, “duh." And you’d be right. But as obvious as it sounds, it can be harder than you think.

Just last night, I was ready for bed (which, for me means dozing off on the couch) around 10pm. But being the sucker for bad television that I am, I got sucked into watching a new show. By the time it was over, I was no longer sleepy. I ended up staying up until well after midnight. And for what? Mindless television I’ll have forgotten about by the end of the week? Great. I would have much rather had two or three more hours of sleep.

And what if you’re not tired until 1am? That’s okay too. Just make sure you still set your alarm for the new, earlier time. The next day you’ll likely be tired earlier than usual, and a new, more steady sleep pattern will begin to take shape.

What you don’t want to do is try to force yourself to sleep when you’re not tired. You’ll just end up feeling frustrated. You’ll waste valuable time in bed not sleeping. And you might develop an anxiety around not being able to sleep, which can lead to insomnia. So wait till you’re tired, wake up at the same time every day, and eventually, your new cycle will fall into place.

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