How to get up when you wake up
June 30, 2014 9:57 AM Subscribe
My mother is trying a number of tactics to help with debilitating chronic migraines (occurring multiple times weekly). She's been told that getting out of bed immediately on waking has reduced the occurrence of migraines in some other sufferers. This is proving a difficult thing to implement. Hive, how would you motivate yourself to get out of your cosy cosy bed?
She's working with her GP and has been referred to a headache clinic, and at the moment is trying to see if there's any folk remedies that might make a difference. She's taking a feverfew supplement.
She usually gets up before 7.30, so this isn't a case of major sleep pattern changes. What she wants to be able to do is to get up whenever she wakes in the morning- be it 5.30 or 7. No snoozing, or going back to sleep. She currently will stay in bed to around 7.30 even if she wakes up earlier. She works from home and has no routine that requires her to get up at a specific time. She's up for changing bed times (usually goes to bed around 10.30). She's not the best sleeper, but does have the opportunity to nap during the day without any detrimental effects on the migraine situation.
We've bounced round some positive reinforcement ideas, even a star chart, but the problem is that she loves her bed and it's hard to come up with something that she could give herself that would be more reinforcing than staying in it.
Is anyone good at opening their eyes and bounding out of bed of a morning and could help her out?