How Do You Wake Up?

How Do You Wake Up?

Whether you’re an early riser or a night owl, you have to wake up sometime (unfortunately). How do you make sure that happens?

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Many people use an alarm clock or smartphone, others prefer an app like CARROT, and some use nothing but good ol’ sunshine. So tell us: how do you wake up every morning?


  • I’m an early riser, I wake up around 5:30 every morning, regardless of whether or not I need to be out of the house early.

    I use the Wake’N’Shake app on my iPhone, which I place on the other side of the room. I have a set playlist of James Brown, Sam Sparro, Mayer Hawthorne and similar artists to ensure I am in a good mood. I also perform 10 or so minutes of Yoga to get the blood pumping.

  • I wake up at 5:30 each morning naturally – I never use an alarm clock of any kind as all this does is disrupt your sleep cycles. I exercise outside in the sun, which resets my melatonin and helps regulate my sleep cycle so I feel sleepy around 10pm. The only time I use an alarm clock is if I need to reset this cycle – if I was up late for some reason, I use an alarm to wake me up and subsequently reset my cycles.

  • How do I wake up? In a term: Begrudgingly.

    I have alarms (plural!) set up on my phone. The first goes off at 6:00am and then another every half an hour until 7:30am.

    I have a bad habit of perpetually hammering the snooze button like I’m trying to win a game of Mario Party.

    I wish I was an early riser. I’d much prefer to get up, have a shower, have some coffee and not have to rush myself out the door to make it to work on time but I just can’t seem to drag myself out of my warm, comfortable bed any earlier than is absolutely necessary.

    Sometimes I put my phone on the other side of the room to force myself out of bed but I always just grab it and fall backwards into quilted heaven.

      • Both your comment and the comment above had me in fits. Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you’re an inferior person for finding mornings a struggle. Nothing more freaking irritating than an early riser who looks down their nose at late sleepers and says “I don’t know how you could even sleep that late! I always feel like I’m wasting my day if I’m not up making almond milk four hours before the sun rises!”

  • Which time? If by waking up you mean to get out of bed and get going for the day, multiple alarms on my phone to wake me and keep me semi-woken for at least 30 mins before I have to be up to be on time to work.
    The other 2-5 times I wake up, well that’s still a mystery to me.

  • My first smartphone alarm at 7:30 AM is essentially a “heads-up!” notification. The second one at 7:45 is a “wake up!” notification. I don’t snooze my alarms so, just in case, I have a back-up alarm on my Fitbit for 8:15 which is a “OMFG you overslept – get up now, dammit!” notification πŸ™‚

    I hate you people who wake up effortlessly at 5:30 AM.

  • I haven’t needed an alarm clock, I just tell myself a time that I need to be awake and I always wake up within about 10 minutes of that time, I dont know how or why, I have been able to do that as long as I can remember.

  • I don’t use an alarm, sunshine… I just wake up. I’ve never used an alarm, unless I need to wake at a really odd hour for a flight – like 4am – but usually wake before that alarm anyway, it’s just a backup. I’ve found it’s enough to tell my body what time I want to wake up before I fall asleep.

  • I use an alarm on my phone, and after years of hitting snooze grumpily and endlessly, I’ve settled into a rhythm with a self-imposed three-snooze limit. changing the length of the snooze to five minutes helped — when it was a bit longer, I’d fall too deeply asleep.

    still, I’d argue I’m not properly awake til I’m out of the shower, or really til I’m out of the house twenty minutes later. it’s a process.

  • I use surefire alarm on the days I have to get to before I’m ready, it plays bird sounds for 15 minutes before the very loud buzz buzz starts, and to stop it you have to remember a random sequence of icons to press.

    I find the bird sounds take me out of deep sleep so the actual alarm is not as alarming?

  • I use an alarm to start the waking up process – set it for six, hit snooze until six thirty, my beloved gets up to have a shower and I get up when I really have no excuses left for still being in bed.

    I actually love being up early – every time I’ve gotten up to exercise/make pancakes before work/get to work before the rest of the office and have an hour of peace and quiet I really enjoy it. I just can’t translate that feeling into wanting to leave my bed, so I only get up before crunch time when somebody or some obligation is dragging me up.

    On weekends I try to avoid setting an alarm. I often find myself crawling into bed at 5am after a night of dancing and have no problems sleeping until midday or 1pm in that case. If I have to be up early one or heaven forbid both days of my weekend, there had better be a damn good reason πŸ˜‰

  • My phone alarm goes off at the same time everyday, I get up immediately, no snooze, no ‘5’ more minutes. I have animals that have medication so I haven’t had a deviation from my sleeping pattern for 4+ years.

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