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I used to play a Management game which simulated the results early in the morning and the anticipation of match result used to trigger me to wake up early and start my day.

But i realized that this is not good as that game started to take more time and became addictive. So i stopped playing that game and now i struggle to wake up early, i feel lazy.

I feel that something is missing which can activate my brain. To be honest, i feel the urge of playing multi player games and when i stop playing these games, things become difficult for me.

So, please suggest me a few triggers or share your own which helps you to get out of bed.

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The simplest one:

An alarm clock - when it goes off, I get up

Training your internal clock by always getting up at the same time means you often get up just before the alarm, or are at least in a very light sleep at this point.

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And then what? It's easy to waste away time drinking coffee and not doing much. –  dwjohnston Nov 17 '13 at 7:03
    
The question is about getting up, so that is what my answer us about. Once up, early morning is the most productive time of day for me, as I just get straight into working. –  Rory Alsop Nov 17 '13 at 8:32

I wish the 'snooze' button had never been invented. Getting up the first time the alarm beeps is a habit, and you have to cultivate that habit. It's hard. Once you get into the habit, getting up just happens.

Alternatively, father a child, and have it climb on you to demand breakfast and telly every morning. Including weekends and holidays.

I disagree with the post about needing a different amount of sleep each night. When the alarm goes off there is always the temptation to think you are so tired that you honestly need more sleep. I make myself switch off the light by midnight each night, so I know damn well I've had enough hours in bed, and there are no excuses to lie in.

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+1 for "Alternatively, father a child" You had me chuckling... –  AndrewJacksonZA Jan 24 '13 at 6:40

This is my philosophy:

In order to wake up, you must go to bed when you are tired. To clarify, go to bed when you are tired, not at a static time. This goes against conventional wisdom, go to bed static / wake up static, but our biological clock doesn't work that way. I function on 4-5 hours of sleep and am actually very tired if I get 8 hours of sleep. This is just how my body functions. The key to getting to bed when you are tired is eliminating artificial light (such as a computer screen) when it is getting close to when you usually become tired (10-11pm for me). Then when you feel as if you could go to bed, do so. if you don't fall asleep within 10 minutes, you weren't really tired, read a book until you have trouble comprehending the sentences, then go to bed. The key is to wake up at the same time every day, but go to bed when you are tired. our sleep needs fluctuate every day based on how stressed our bodies have been, caloric intakes, etc.

As for the actual waking up bit: I use an alarm and as soon as I hear it I get out of bed and turn it off and then turn on the light. I do not go back to the bed, I walk around, go to the bath room, shower, etc. I feel that when you go back to bed you trigger the sleep hormones once again, and that bed is very tempting! you WILL convince yourself that it is okay to go back to bed. just get out of bed, do not go back. And get moving, so your brain is alert and recognizes that it needs to process visual stimuli.

I wish you the best!

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