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    Hey people of TSR,

    I have for a good few weeks now been getting up at 4am, a few times 5am, and one or twice when I slept in about 6:30am. I love being productive, so getting up so early is really appealing to me and I have found that once I have had a cold shower, breakfast and so on, that I can be very productive in the morning and get a lot of revision done.

    The problem comes roughly after 12 in the morning at school. I start feeling tired, less able to focus, sleepier and so on. Usually at a weekend I would have a cold shower to get rid of that drowsiness but at school I have no options available. Even though I am getting a considerable amount of sleep (went to bed at 8:30pm yesterday and woke up at 4am, which is when I am typing this) this tiredness seems to come over me most days. Strangely not last weekend, but many other days. By 4:30pm today I was struggling to stay awake in front of this teacher whom I was having a talk with after school.

    Like many of you I have AS exams in a few weeks and would like to find a sleep schedule that allows me to be productive, focussed and wake up feeling refreshed and not groggy. I am not sure if getting up that early is doing any harm to my body or messing up my circadian rhythm. I am not an evening person, no matter what by the time it reaches 5pm onwards (maybe 6pm) I am already exhausted from sixth form and my studying is not that productive.

    I am clearly very confused and uncertain here folks. Any advice would be appreciated, as well as any sleep strategies you implement yourselves.

    maybe try vitamin tablets? dont think you should be tired by 12

    since last week ive been waking up at 12am every day, and i only get tired by about 4/5pm

    I haven't gone to sleep yet


    It's when you start changing your patterns that you start feeling groggy. REM sleep normally happens in cycles if 3 hours so try to keep your sleep to around 6-9 hours. When you wake up in the middle if a REM sleep that's when you're going to get groggy. Try going to bed around 10 so summer sunset. That's when your melatonin starts kicking in, we're hard wired to sleep when the lights go out. Avoid using your phone because blue light decreases melatonin levels and makes you stay awake longer.

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    I use to get up at 3/4 in the morning to try and revise but it was soo hard because my brain is literally dead at that time... I can't concentrate and i would begin to feel tired at school as well. I think the best thing to do is not to go to sleep and then get up, just stay up until 1 or 2 it honestly is not that hard + you wont feel dead Ive began doing that and i am soo much more productive and focused tbh
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