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Wake up too early?


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Hi there. I’m sorry that you’re waking up too early so consistently. One of the most important things that you can do if this is a problem for you is to make sure that there’s no underlying medical or psychiatric reason for it. Depression can really, really commonly cause what we call terminal awakenings. Early Awakenings mean basically you’re awake for the day much earlier than you want to be.

As long as those things are ruled out, you want to bear a few things in mind. The most common Behavioural contributor to Early Awakening is being upset and annoyed about being up so early and being focused on the time that you wake up. Now you might say, Tracy, that’s a little bit silly. Of course, I don’t want to actually feel positive and good about waking up early because I need a certain amount of sleep in order to feel good during the day. And I completely understand that absolutely understand that it’s a really common reaction when I start having this conversation with people.

One of the ways that we can reframe the situation is to view an early awakening as an opportunity to build more sleep drive. The more sleep drive you have built up, the longer you will stay asleep. The second most important thing that you can do, aside from ensuring that you have a lot of sleep drive built up is to make sure that you’re not looking at the clock. If you have an alarm clock, turn it around. Don’t use your phone.

Don’t look at your phone and say, oh, my goodness, it’s 04:00 in the morning because what that does is it actually trains your brain to be more likely to wake you up at 04:00 in the morning. If you want to learn a little bit more about this, stay in my world and I’ll see you in the next email.