What gets you up in the mornings?

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On days when I wake up late (8:30 to 10:00 AM), I just have a radio alarm turn on about 20 minutes before I want to get up. I can usually drag myself out of bed within half an hour.

On days I need to get up early, I set my old broken DS (top screen is BROKEN) as the alarm to go off 10 minutes after the radio goes off to remind me to get up.

That's usually enough. Between the alarms and my brain telling me that I NEED to get things done, I don't usually have too much trouble getting up on time.

The smell of last night's dinner grease catching fire in the oven.

My cat generally wakes me up every morning. She sits outside my bedroom door and meows until I get up. Alternatively, if my door is open, she climbs onto my bed and then climbs all over me until I get up.
However, I don't see pets being a solution when you're living at university. A loud alarm that requires you to physically get out of bed will probably help.

I think alot of the problem with me is that when I hear my alarm, my first thoughts are "Oh god another WHOLE day to go through.... man I can't be arsed."

Horrible attitude to have I know, I think its mostly because I'm at university and I really just dont want to have to deal with the amount of coursework I have to do.

Unfortunately there isn't a whole lot I actually want to wake up for, so I'll just suggest the same thing as some others before me. Have your alarm somewhere away from your bed so you are forced to get up to switch it off.

As I lie in bed each morning and ask myself why I should put my feet on the floor, there are precious few reasons I have ever been able to come up with. A chance to escape Jordan's morning breath? Sure. Scotch! It's too early to drink it, yes, but people, it is never too early to think about it. And of course, the ever-present possibility that I might happen upon Hugh Jackman and finally be able to give him the present I've been holding for him. BAM!
Still, the most persuasive argument is the fact that I am able to come here, to this forum, every day, and help keep people entertained.

kortin:
Blind panic as I realize I slept longer than I wanted.

This has been me as of late. I've fallen out of my good habits recently.

And I just checked the time and realized it's midnight.

I have to be up at six thirty in the morning. Yay.

I like to use a music alarm and change the song every so often.
Then I take a hot shower.
I don't really get the point of a snooze button, so I have never intentionally used one.
Man, I hate waking up, might as well wake up again and again and again until I stop hitting snooze.

The realization I have to go to University.

Never fails to scare me awake.

The need to pee.

That or setting my alarm. Not my actual alarm, just setting it. If I set my alarm for 6:30am, I'll naturally wake up at about 6:10am. If I set my alarm for 9:00am then I'll wake up at about 8:40am. Fucking why?!

Getting awake isn't a problem for me, the alarm does that quite well. But how do I get motivated to get out of bed? Well, I just remember I'm awesome. And then I get up, start boxing the air with a few punches to shake off a bit of lethargy, then get dressed.

Once, I even walked out the side door, turned on a hose, and blasted my head with cold (as in just about freezing) water to get rid of my bedhead. Originally it was to wake me up further, but the cold air did that much quicker than anticipated, so really it was just about the hair by the time I turned on the hose.
I might do that again. It was fun.

I have an alarm on my phone that sounds like a fire alarm. I've actually woken up thinking there was a fire.

And if I want to catch my friends before school starts I need to be out of bed by 6:40am. On the weekends though I just stay in bed (asleep or awake) until I get really hungry or I really have to pee.

I blame simple biology for the fact that I almost always wake up fully erec...OH!

ahem...

I use my phone's alarm clock to wake me up though not necessarily in the morning. Gotta love that 3rd shift but anyway, my preferred alarm tone is the Final Fantasy theme though sometimes it'll be Voltaire (Trouble with the Tribbles)

I wake up to this, blaring from my phone, every morning:

I haven't been late in months.

Pornography usually gets me up in the morning.

No, but seriously, I just wake up normally ten minutes before my alarm sounds off.

Set your phone alarm to the most annoying chime you can find (Sci-Fi works well for me), put it on the other side of the room, and about 5 alarms going off in 5 minute intervals.

You'll wake up a tad pissed but it'll work.

I'd suggest getting one of those old fashioned alarm clocks with the bells and stuff. Good luck sleeping through that.

Well I have school to go to so no matter how much I want to stay in bed I can't.

What I'd like to know is how do people stay awake during school? I have eight hour days and I'd really like some advice on how to get through the days. I don't drink coffee for starters, might start though.

Insomnia.

This makes it so that when I am woken up (by soothing music) I literally cannot go back to sleep, so I might as well get up. Honestly, this is the only upside insomnia, because it means I don't have to drink coffee, have horrible alarms, have someone drag me out of bed, etc. to get where I need to be. Also, I have this strange tendency to be ready for the day in about ten minutes, so my alarm is set to about 15 minutes before I need to leave. (the five minutes is buffer time to account for the unknown)

miketehmage:
I think alot of the problem with me is that when I hear my alarm, my first thoughts are "Oh god another WHOLE day to go through.... man I can't be arsed."

This. I like my job but I also like sleeping and my God I hate waking up so early and having to face the day ahead. All work should start at 10.30am.

An alarm. Like, a red-alert BRRT BRRT BRRT type alarm.

Also, caffeine. LOTS of it.

themyrmidon:
As I lie in bed each morning and ask myself why I should put my feet on the floor, there are precious few reasons I have ever been able to come up with. A chance to escape Jordan's morning breath? Sure. Scotch! It's too early to drink it, yes, but people, it is never too early to think about it. And of course, the ever-present possibility that I might happen upon Hugh Jackman and finally be able to give him the present I've been holding for him. BAM!
Still, the most persuasive argument is the fact that I am able to come here, to this forum, every day, and help keep people entertained.

Beautiful, beautiful scrubs reference. Love Dr. Cox. That line was one of his best.

OT: Most days I wake up before my alarm, but I'm a morning person. If I don't, my alarm is across the room and progressively gets louder AND more frequent.

An alarm clock.

Cocaine. Nah just kidding, but the next best thing is shit tons of coffee until people actually think you are on cocaine.

Look into this:
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It's an alarm clock with an extremely powerful Vibrating motor attached to it. I used one during school when i was working 12 hours a night and kept using it up til i got married and was worried it would scare the wife awake. The one i had shook so hard, it gave me a nosebleed a few times. Its a solid wake-up call.

Nothing fancy, just the alarm function on my phone. I don't need to put it anywhere difficult to reach; I happen to sleep in a bunk-bed, so getting my lazy ass down the ladder without killing myself to reach my phone is usually enough to wake me up.

As far as advice goes, just set an alarm. It might seem hard at first, but when you get used to it, and your body adjusts, you'll likely find yourself waking up at that time even without an alarm.

Knowing that if I can't man up to get out of bed to get on with life, I should just kill myself. And I don't want to die. It gets easier when a mate agrees to kill you if you are still in bed by 7:30. Also...lying in bed doing nothing is boring after the last eight hours.

For me, it's the knowledge that if I don't get up general lethargy will take over the parts of my personality now dominated by a combination of determination and the desire to try to live life in a more fulfilling way, also if I get called in for a shift at work I want to be awake to answer the phone and then get my ass to work to get some hours in and make some money so I may eventually shake off this load of debt, and start saving towards a new gaming computer, this netbook is kinda crap for gaming... Like, really crap, but, at least it runs a few things.

My massive morning boner.
Alternatively, my phone's alarm. Luckily for me, I have to leave for work at like, 4:30 PM, so on days with no school I can sleep in really late if I so desire.

I set my alarm one hour earlier than I have to and then I have an hour to wake up or rest before my second alarm goes off.

Or you can take up insomnia and never sleep :D

I've just always been able to get up when I need to even when it's early as fuck, but if it's a day that I know I don't have to be up then I can't convince myself to wake up earlier than 9.

The days my roommate has earlier classes than me i tell him to wake me up before he leaves.

The days i've got the early classes i'm motivated by the fact i'm almost failing biology so the only way to maintain a passing grade is to actually get up for that class. Usually this is accomplished by setting an alarm an hour before i have to get up and then have the repeat every ten minutes until i get up. Usually it's pretty quickly though because... grades are a good motivator.

I use the default iOS alarm sound at full volume (Think the same klaxon that they use if a nuclear meltdown is about to happen). That is enough to get ANYBODY up!

snappydog:
By which I mean, how the hell do people actually manage to get out of bed when they need to? See, I've just moved to university, and back home I had my dad to drag me up when I needed to be awake. Here, though, I've only got myself to get me up, and I CAN'T DO IT. I mean, seriously. It sounds stupid, but it's a legitimate problem since I keep missing lectures and stuff and I just have no idea how to sort it out.
So, dear Escapists, how do you wake up and get up when you need to?

You're probably just more nocturnal that most, or have sleep conditions.

I have that problem too, i think i suffer more than most people when waking up early, either that or everyone is really good at it.
I spent 8 years in school waking up early and each year was getting harder, demotivation also didn't help. By the three last years I lost the bus to school many many times.
Then went to University for a month, gave up, partially related to my difficulty in waking up early (though not the main reason).

Now since I'm unemployed I sleep late and wake up late, when I have to wake up early, it's hard but it feels great and refreshing, but doing it as routine I'll try not to, since I know it's terrible and suffered a lot due to it, I have no doubt it played an important role in my lack of success at school.

Also, in my opinion alarms should be avoided as a routine, we should sleep how much our body wants, alarms should be used rarely and for important things. of course, that's me without responsibilities talking, if you have a job you have to get up to work or you'll get fired, it sucks.

PS: Anyone in Belgium (or Netherlands since it's close) want to hire me? I'll become your best worker in 6 months or I'll pay you 1000€.
I'll also accept unskilled work in any European country or Canada (because Canada rules).
(asking for a job with che guevara avatar, really smart...)

Morning wood, ah hur hur hur

Seriously though, I can't stand lying there not doing anything. It's frustrating

My wake-up alarm sound has both been the Enterprise "Red Alert" sound and various Samsung phone alarm tones. I find the most obnoxious one, set to it's loudest possible setting and put it as close as possible...but as far as possible so I actually have to get out of bed to switch it off. I also have the central heating come on about 30 minutes beforehand, as I simply do not get out of bed into the cold. No. Just no.

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