How can I start waking up early?
February 5, 2014 11:24 PM Subscribe
I’m a 25 year old woman, and have had this issue since high school: I just can never go to bed or wake up early! I feel like it's getting in the way of a normal and productive life.
posted by summertimesadness1988 to Health & Fitness (28 answers total) 36 users marked this as a favorite
I took a lot of writing courses in 12th grade, then majored in English for both my Bachelor’s and Master’s, so I would stay up really late writing and reading after everyone went to bed; it was the one time all day I wouldn’t feel distracted and did my best work. I scheduled afternoon hours at work and night classes for school, so I would sleep away half my day: my bedtime was from 5:00am to 12:00-2:00pm.
It’s become such an engrained habit over the past eight years that even after finishing grad school in December, I still tend to do the same thing. I work in after school child care, so my job hours start at 3 in the afternoon. I stay up until 5 in the morning, job searching, reading, watching movies, cleaning, showering…everything a normal person would do during the day, or at least at a decent time at night.
So although I’m productive at night, I still feel as though my sleep schedule is really getting in the way of true productivity: a lot of my errands get put off way too long because I’m just too drained during the day, sometimes I don’t even make important phone calls(such as following up about job applications or bill payments, etc.), and I’ve missed appointments and cancelled brunch plans with friends because I just can’t function before noon. Even after I wake up, I'm exhausted and irritable until about 6 or 7 in the evening..then I feel happy and productive again.
What can I do to stop this habit? I really want to function with the rest of the world, especially since I would like to have a full time job sooner than later. I know exercise is supposed to help, and I do yoga and zumba regularly, (in the evening, of course, haha), so I’ve already got that in my routine. Are there other things I can do? Perhaps changes in my diet, lifestyle, books I can read, affirmations, etc? I’m willing to try just about anything, as long as it won’t harm my health. :) Thanks in advance for your answers.