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How do I combine waking up early for my study and sleeping enough while I am a night person?

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Last Updated: 03/26/2019 at 12:48am
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January 14th, 2015 7:40am
Well, try going to bed really early, say like 5 or 6 pm. You'll wake up in the AM hours, it'll still be that time of night bat people love, you'll have time to study, and you'll have slept a full night's rest so you won't be sleepy for school in the morning!
May 19th, 2015 9:58am
isn't this question contradicting in itself ? A night person means you go to sleep late, so you have to wake up late to have enough sleep. If you want to wake up early, then go to sleep early. There is no perfect solution . No pain no gain.
June 15th, 2015 1:34am
When I had my finals coming and needed to revise a lot and go to school at the same time, I used to sleep in the evening from 7 pm untill 10-11 pm and then stay up all night and day. Sleeping from 7pm to 8pm is valued as 7 hours of sleeping, you can search for "the true value of sleep" for more information.
November 9th, 2015 4:48pm
Gradually shift your sleep pattern in small increments until your body gets used to the shift.
January 25th, 2016 11:09am
try keeping busy during the day and have a plan of things to do during the day and make sure you get 8 hours sleep
November 15th, 2016 6:57am
I'm actually having that same issue myself...I've had relatively success with working out an hour or so earlier (I work out at night) and that helps me sleep. I also try to schedule my time the day before in order to make sure I get things done by certain times and that I'm in bed. I don't drink coffee or eat past certain times also to facilitate the issue.
March 26th, 2019 12:48am
Great question. Finding the balance between working hard and getting rest is, in my opinion, the key to achieving your goals and succeeding in life. When forming any type of routine, the first things to figure out are your own needs and preferences. Making a plan that takes into account what you’re realistically capable of will make it much easier to stick with it in the long term. We need to know 3 important things about you to set up your early morning study routine. 1) What time works best for you to go to bed? 2) About how much sleep do you know you need each night to feel good the next day? 3) At about what time do you have to stop studying and get going in the morning? With answers to those three questions, we should be able to figure out the answer to your question. But keep in mind, we may learn that the morning is not the right time for you to study. First, let’s choose a bedtime. We already know you’re a night person, so let’s take that into account and choose a reasonable bedtime that you can stick to. Try to push yourself a little bit by choosing a bedtime that is a bit earlier than you’re used to, but only by 30 minutes or so. Next, let’s take into account how much sleep you need. Sleep is essential to almost everything we do, so make sure to allow yourself a full night of sleep. If you were to get a full night of sleep, what time would you wake up? Given that you would wake up at this time, how much time does that leave you to study? Does that feel like enough? If not, I’d recommend two options. First, consider whether you could realistically go to bed on time if you moved your bedtime earlier. If not, that’s okay. You’ve learned something really valuable — that the morning isn’t the best time for you to study. With that in mind, consider what other times you could study during your day. Sometimes there’s an easy answer, and other times, it feels like every second of our days are filled with something. If that’s you, the truth is you may have to cut out other activities to fit in studying. Some doing less is for the best. Good luck!