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Tricks for Waking Up #1

Chronic sleep deprivation, something that’s all too familiar as a medical student and resident.

The real solution to waking up easier is to get more sleep, but if that was the case you wouldn’t need tricks to help you awake.

Some people set multiple alarm clocks, staggered as fail-safes. Some hide their alarm clocks. However, I use one additional method that’s as old as it gets to help me wake up on mornings which are difficult.

Tip #1: Drink a glass of water before going to sleep

The urge of wanting to go pee will beat out the urge to go back to sleep… Once you’re up and in the washroom, the chances of you falling back to sleep are slim to none.

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  1. Michael
    Michael January 13, 2011

    Not really, for me anyways. Whenever I go pee (whether it is in the middle of the night or 30 mins before I’m supposed to get up), I’m only about half-awake and fall back into slumber VERY quickly.

  2. Anonymous
    Anonymous January 13, 2011

    This tip is right on the money. You can set your iPhone alarm (system-wide failures twice in six months) or your alarm clock (power blip in the grid) and you’ll sleep through whatever you needed to be at.

    Drink a glass of water or two and you’re guaranteed to get up. Never fails.

    • medaholic
      medaholic January 14, 2011

      @ Michael – I think you may just need some minor tweaking. It seems like you are waking up because you have to go to the washroom, so after that’s done, you go back to bed. Try drinking a bit less and have another external source wake you up, ie alarm clock. The alarm clock will wake you up, but the need to go pee will prevent you from falling back asleep, and hence you’ll feel compelled to get out of bed.

  3. Michael
    Michael January 14, 2011

    Well recently, I downloaded this neat alarm app for the iPod that wakes you up based on your REM/non-REM sleep state. It’s really interesting to see it graph the different sleep states I’m in at night but still ponder whether its legit or not.

    Tried it for ~2 weeks and can’t say there was much of an improvement

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