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Back on Track: Wake Up Early on Sunday Morning

Starting the week off without getting enough sleep on Sunday night is no fun, but our sleep schedules tend to get all messed up on the weekends. While I like to sleep in on the weekends, if I sleep too late on Sunday, I have a tough time going to bed at a reasonable hour that night. Then I start the week off on the wrong and very groggy foot.

Try this solution. On Sunday morning, no matter what time you go to bed on Saturday night (well, within reason), try waking up just an hour or so later than you would on a normal workday. If you usually wake up at 7, wake up at 8 or even 8:30, but don't sleep any later than that. You'll be less tired than you'd think on Sunday, and you'll have no trouble hitting the sheets at your usual bedtime on Sunday night. You may have to sacrifice some sleep on Saturday night, but it'll be worth if for how good you feel when you wake up on Monday.

Got your own Sunday sleep strategies? Share them in the comments below.


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bluebellknoll bluebellknoll 9 years
I usually wake up early both saturday and sunday. I wake up on my own after 6-7hrs of sleep a night which is usually between 7-8am (sometimes earlier! bleh!).
sfprgirl sfprgirl 9 years
As I'm literally falling asleep at my desk reading this post, I wonder if it had helped to wake up earlier yesterday morning, like you suggest Fit. I'll definitely try this next weekend and try to avoid my "case of the Mondays."
urbanest urbanest 9 years
Saturday is the new Sunday! Seriously; try treating Saturday like a sunday lay in bed all day whatever... then Sunday be productive; this will help you get going on Monday. No wonder everyone has sunday night freakouts if you have been lazy all day; its hard to get in gear!
Tats Tats 9 years
I need to try this, I sleep very late on Sundays so then I cant wake up earlyyy on Mondays!!
snowbunny11 snowbunny11 9 years
Too late, I guess it'll be target sleep aid tonight. :)
Spectra Spectra 9 years
What's weird is that if I get too much sleep, I feel more tired than if I don't get quite enough. Lately I've been getting up early on Sundays so I get my body back on track for the rest of the week.
Deadly-Lemur Deadly-Lemur 9 years
I end up staying up too late watching adult swim every Sunday night, but I usually don't have to work on Mondays, which is awesome. When I do though, it's rough. I need LOTS of sleep, like 9-10 hours minimum, so 5-6 hours leaves me yearning for a pillow. Regardless of the day of the week, if I get totally indulgent and sleep until like 2:00 PM one day, it's hard for me to get to sleep early enough to deal with an early morning the next day. Been trying to move my bedtime up recently, but it's so easy to get sucked into the internet/tv/video games, especially after years of staying up way too late & sleeping until noon. Which I can still technically do if I choose, but I'm starting to worry that my circadian rhythms are shot and will cause damage eventually. Getting older is a PITA. =(
kia kia 9 years
I can't sleep in on the weekends. Even if I party like a rock star the night before. I consider it a curse more than a blessing.
Renees3 Renees3 9 years
For some reason my body doesn't mind sleeping in on weekends and waking up normal time of weekdays. Granted sleeping in is no later than 8am. I love sleeping in
sldc sldc 9 years
I have been doing this for a couple of months now and it really makes a difference!
ladychaos ladychaos 9 years
Hmm...I'm going to have to try that!
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