It is not as easy as it sounds for some people: Waking up can be a real challenge. It is different for everyone: Maybe overusing the “snooze” button a little too much, ignoring morning schedules, no response to other people trying to wake you up, and the list goes on. Here are my 5 tips to getting your body physically out of that bed when you are supposed to.
Tip 1: Be Optimistic
Be happy about waking up in the mornings! Ok, maybe there is not that much to be happy about (You are not alone). Either way, having the correct mindset is enough for some people to get out of bed. Even just smiling for no reason at all will improve your mood for another action packed day at home, school, or work.
Tip 2: Get Enough Sleep!
This one is a very easy thing to say, but very hard to do. Getting enough sleep goes hand in hand with going to bed earlier. Some people can function with less sleep than others, but 1 hour of sleep for a month won’t have good effects on your health and alertness in the morning. While going to sleep at 5 pm will have good effects, it is impractical. Try to pace yourself maybe 1 hour to 30 minutes earlier going to bed. You will feel the good results in the morning when you whip yourself out of bed like in the army.
Tip 3: Alarm Clock?
Ideally, you should be timing your sleep perfectly so that you wake up naturally at the right time. However this of course is not what usually happens. This is where an alarm clock comes in. There are many different types of alarm clocks, but I like the more natural ones, with a better wake up sound. Set the alarm to when you want to wake up, and you are good to go.
Tip 4: Cruise on the Snooze
On your alarm clock, do not use the snooze button. Disable it or just prevent yourself from using it. It won’t actually help you get extra sleep (What is 10 minutes going to do anyway) and only is trying to prevent the inevitable- Getting out of bed. When you do finally get out of bed, you are more likely to feel worse then if you just got out the first time the alarm rang.
Tip 5: Establish a Morning Schedule
Write down your ideal morning schedule- being sure to leave time extra for those unexpected things that happen. Slowly get yourself in tune with your schedule. Wake up five minutes earlier. Get out of bed five minutes after waking up. For many people, waking up and getting out of bed are not the same thing- often completely different things. Try to bridge this gap when you are awake but not out of bed. More likely than not, you will have a better mood in the morning.