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9 Ways to Wake Up Earlier for Your Morning Shift

Tania Khadder | NursingLink

July 24, 2009

5) Let the sun shine in.

Unless you have a stalker or a peeping tom, leave your curtains or blinds open so as to let in light in the morning.

When it’s dark, your body responds by producing sleep hormone melatonin. On the other hand, light discontinues this process and provides a natural cue to your brain that it’s time to wake up. Does your window face a brick wall in a dark alley? Worried about that peeping tom? Or maybe (hopefully) you just prefer to have more control over the time in which light floods your room? No problem! The people at Phillips have made an alarm clock with a large lamp that gradually increases the amount of light in your room to simulate the sunrise. Genius!


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    lmper5

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    thanks for the ideas to convert from night shift to day shift. worked night shift for 22 years and by advice of my doctor it's time to switch.

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    shama301004

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I m also wondering like u Geanna where she got her research from. She is asking to train yourself to less sleep: 6 hrs.We all need enough sleep for number of reasons.Y to cut down on sleep. What is more productive than sleeping -a cup of water or coffee or making yourself to pee after gulping glasses of water.There has to be enough reason n motivation to get up- like i have to be at work by 7,i cant afford to be late,i don want to sit in traffic ....so i better get up in time no matter what.

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    geanna

    about 5 years ago

    6 comments

    I wonder who the author of this article is or where she got her research, if any. The main thing that I do not like about this article is the statement that you could be doing something more productive than sleeping. Sleep is health maintenance and not getting enough can be linked to a myriad of problems later, such as obesity and depression. I don't think that people should be made to feel guilty about sleeping or 8 or even 9 hours of sleep if that is what they need. Some of the getting out of bed tips were good. As far as insomnia goes, here is my own tip. I let go of my need to sleep. I watch for and avoid the obvious triggers like caffeine and late work outs but sometimes something will sneak in, like stress and keep me from sleeping. If it is an identifiable problem I write it down and promise myself I will address it next day. If it is not identifiable I push it aside and try to get some sleep. If I can't sleep, I do something else. But I do not, absolutely do not look at the clock. I do not dwell on how much sleep I got nor how much I am missing. I just go on through the day and try to do better the next night. Sleep! It does a body (and mind) good.

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    chauncey

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    wow! its a good start for those who need to rise early to avoid from being late to work. maybe it is hard from the first you will try the suggestions but it's worth it. just put some effort and discipline on it then you will succeed.

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    lurelin

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    really very nice advice....more power...i hope to receive more advices like this

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    laurelmack

    about 5 years ago

    12 comments

    Good article! My problem however is falling asleep. No matter how late I retire I wake up early, then I want to go back to sleep in the middle of the day. My old tricks no longer work. Any suggestions?

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    0323Tes

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    Whoaaw....very realistic article...I'm always run into late. I stayed up late at night doing my work need to be done... I certainly have an insomia...that bugging alot of time..I always felt sick every time i got up in the morning. The glass of water never help it to get alert,,,..but i tried in a different way..well,..I should fix my sleep pattern, anyway...tnx?

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    carolyrn

    about 5 years ago

    24 comments

    Very good article...going to look for that clock, among other things. Working noc shifts for too long has RUINED my sleep pattern! (My doc says I have "poor sleep hygiene"...remember that from school?!?)

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    Pumpkingirl

    about 5 years ago

    4 comments

    I'm the same...I'm definately a night owl, that's why staying up during 6 hr lecture and waking up early for clinicals are making my life in nursing school so, miserable...But I'm still hanging in there one more year I'll be done and I can finally work my night shift!!!yeah!!!I think I've tried everything to fix my sleep pattern, but nothing seems to work....grrrr

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    Account Removed

    about 5 years ago

    The glass of water tip wakes me up...but in a different way. It makes me have to urinate in the morning.

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    swimnutt1523

    about 5 years ago

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    I am deffinAtely not a am person but I work earley any way night owl is more my speed!!!

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    jonesgurl397

    about 5 years ago

    2 comments

    I am the definition of the night owl!! This helps for when I do start nursing school. I have a feeling I'm going to need to get on the right track....lol.

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