For the last six years, I have dreaded getting up in the morning. Why do I have to get up, can I wait until mid morning?
It wasn’t until March of this year that I decided to get my sleeping habits/pattern under control. This was a result of me acquiring an IPhone 6 Plus and utilizing the bedtime and sleep analysis feature.
My sleep habits were HORRIBLE! I was averaging about 3 hours of sleep a night. I kept wondering how was I able to function throughout the day. I had to get this together and quickly. That also meant that I had to get my boys sleep habits under control as well.
According to the National Sleep Foundation, someone in my age range (26-64) needs anywhere between 7-9 hours each night.
Clearly I was nowhere close to that.
I took the time out to create an evening schedule so that I could be in the bed by 9:45.
I noticed a drastic change in how I felt every morning, except one thing…
I WAS STILL UPSET ABOUT GETTING UP.
I figured I’d set alarms at intervals to slowly pull me out of my sleep. At the time it did not cross my mind, but we sleep in stages, so wouldn’t it make sense that we wake up in stages.
I did no research to see if it would help, I just went straight for experimentation.
With the sleep analysis feature, an alarm is already set for the time you desire, so there is no need to set another for the same rime. Mine is set to go off at 5am, with the subsequent alarms going off at 5:30, 5:45, and 6am.
The alarm set via the sleep analysis feature plays a soft music when it goes off, that does not abruptly wakens me. I am cognizant enough to turn it off, but not completely awakened either.
My 5:30 alarm is the standard alarm sound that comes on the iPhone. That alarm is also tolerable, as I had previously heard an alarm and am now aware that it is almost time to rise
5:45 alarm goes off to the sounds of I Can by HoodRich Pablo Juan & Migos. It helps to get me pumped about getting out of bed and doubles as a bit of motivation.
Lastly, my 6am alarm goes off to the tune of Deadz by Migos. This song totally gets me hyped and encourages one to get those dead presidents (money for those who don’t know).
This may seem like a long process, but it’s completely worth it. I don’t feel like I was cheated out of any rest when I do get out of the bed. I genuinely feel like a productive member of society when I get up.
I have even tried this with my boys who are most definitely not morning people. I noticed a change in attitude once they are up versus when I would just wake them up and make them immediately get day started. I hear “Good morning mommy” versus them growling and whining.
Get On Up by Jodeci is the song I use to wake my boys.
I am obviously no professional, but I am a busy mama who was tired of feeling, and I am here to share the things I have tried. This method worked the first try around for me, and we have been using it for months.
Additionally, I had to learn that staying up late to do things while the kids are sleeping was unhealthy.
In conclusion, how you wake up is just as important as falling asleep.
If you try it let me know what you did differently and if you also try it with your children.
Thanks for reading!