I've been trying to get up early for almost 6 years now, I have had bits of success in the past. I learnt about the Stages of sleep, about REM Sleep and everything I could get my hands on. From Wikipedia
Many animals and some people tend to wake, or experience a period of very light sleep, for a short time immediately after a bout of REM.
There are devices like the Sleep tracker, which track your sleep cycles, They are a bit expensive.
In the last few days I've been doing these which I have helped me:
- Read a book for a few minutes in the bed.
- Set the alarm 6 hours 15 minutes from the time I sleep. The average sleep cycle for a person is 90 minutes long, so 4 cycles ~ 6 hours. However, the sleep cycle is not exactly 90 minutes for everyone, I've found that 6 hours 15 minutes works for me. You may have to experiment a little for this.
- This, I think has contributed most to my less groggy awakenings: Set the volume of the alarm to a very low setting. What I think this does is wake me up only if I am in light sleep. Having a loud alarm which can 'penetrate' through your deep cycles is not a good thing!
You guys can let me know if these work for you.