Yawn… fixing my sleep schedule

22 01 2012

I have always strugged with maintaining a sleep schedule.  Once as a kid, my parents went to Hawaii for one week and I woke up late for school twice!  College didn’t help since my class schedule would vary and in some quarters I could schedule all afternoon classes.  Now that I’m on the cusp of living in “the real world” I am trying to fix my sleep schedule.

I was doing pretty well up until new years eve, but then a NYE party and a new years party with my family left me drained and sleeping in.  I have been waking up between 8 and 9 the past few weeks, which isn’t bad, but I my goal is to wake up between 6 and 7.  After years and years I have come up with a pretty decent way to fix a sleep schedule.

My system for getting on a sleep schedule:

The first night, depending on how you feel/how your body works do one of the following:

  1. Wake up 1 to 2 hours before your target wake up time (I can’t do this)
  2. Take a long nap during the day (4 hours) then pull an all nighter
  3. Pull a straight up all nighter

The second day will be tough, as you will be tired!  If it’s the weekend or you’re unemployed just play games and watch some TV.  If you’re not, tough luck!  You either have to work while feeling tired or figure sometihng else out.  I recommend staying away from caffiene though, as it will affect your brain and possibly prevent you from fixing your sleep schedule.

The second night, sleep 4 to 2 hours before your desired sleep time.  So if you want to sleep 10pm to 6am, sleep between 6pm and 8pm.  On the third day wake up after 10 to 12 hours, but before your desired wake up time, so before 6am for the example.

From here on out, keep fluctuating near your desired sleep hours, but try to sleep and wake up before your desired times.  For instance, in the example you would spend a few days sleeping at 8pm and waking up at 6am, until your body adjusted and you could sleep 10 pm to 6am.

Sorry if this posts sucks, I’m on my second night!


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