When someone calls out "rise and shine," they are trying to rouse you, to make you wake up.

It's thought that the word rouse was originally a 15th-century term used by hawkers for the way the birds shook out their feathers when agitated. That gives a nice mental picture to the word, and it does fit: rouse means to become awake, excited, or just plain keyed up, like those birds ruffling their feathers. Consider that when first roused in the morning, many people have to shake themselves to get ready to face the day.

Definitions of rouse
  1. verb
    cause to become awake or conscious
    synonyms: arouse, awaken, wake, wake up, waken
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    cause to sleep
    make fall asleep
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    awaken once again
    bring around, bring back, bring round, bring to
    return to consciousness
    rouse somebody from sleep with a call
    resuscitate, revive
    cause to regain consciousness
    type of:
    alter, change, modify
    cause to change; make different; cause a transformation
  2. verb
    become active
    synonyms: bestir
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    type of:
    be active, move
    be in a state of action
  3. verb
    cause to be agitated, excited, or roused
    synonyms: agitate, charge, charge up, commove, excite, turn on
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    calm, calm down, lull, quiet, quieten, still, tranquilize, tranquillise, tranquillize
    make calm or still
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    hype up, psych up
    get excited or stimulated
    make nervous or agitated
    make upset or troubled
    excite suddenly and intensely
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    disturb, trouble, upset
    move deeply
  4. verb
    force or drive out
    synonyms: drive out, force out, rout out
    chase away, dispel, drive away, drive off, drive out, run off, turn back
    force to go away; used both with concrete and metaphoric meanings
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    chase away, with as with force
    smoke out
    drive out with smoke
    force to come into the open, as from a place of concealment
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    displace, move
    cause to move or shift into a new position or place, both in a concrete and in an abstract sense
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