Waking up on time is a surefire way to set your day off right, but for millions of people all over the world, hitting that snooze button over and over again is a serious problem. Especially, on Mondays, when all you want to do is stay snuggled in your blanket for just another 10 minutes.
But, consistently finding yourself late for work or school because you had a hard time getting out of bed, can be embarrassing. It can also affect your performance.
Thankfully, there are morning hacks you can use to wake up effortlessly. Want to know what they are? Read on!
Try a novelty alarm clock
Is repeatedly hitting the snooze button your problem? Try a nontraditional alarm clock that forces you to get up in order for the alarm to turn off. There are many cool ones available in the marketplace. For example, the Double Wheel Clock rolls around your room until you get up, pick it up and turn it off. Another alarm clock called Sonic Alert has an extra loud dual alarm clock with red flashing alert lights and a bed shaker…you know, in case you can’t hear the sonic boom sound, or see the flashing lights!
Not your cup of tea? Then, how about the zonman Loud Talking UFO? For those of you that have a really hard time getting up, the Zinnor Flying Helicopter has two pieces that go flying off when the alarm sounds and it won’t turn off until you find both pieces and re-attach them!
The TM Games Toy Gun Alarm Clock allows you to have fun and also wake up the way you want to. You can program the alarm with your favorite song, a personal message, or a sound effect. If you need to sleep a little longer, you can shoot the bullseye with the toy gun to snooze for a bit.
Want to feel even more pumped up? If yes, then try the eSmart Shape Up Alarm Clock. A dumbbell-shaped alarm that won’t turn off unless you do 30 reps.
Step out of the house every time you wake up
Get outside and let the fresh air and sunshine seep into your sleepy body to rejuvenate your brain. When you walk outside and do a little exercise, it gets the blood flowing and wipes away any signs of lethargy, putting you in a position to start your day with a positive attitude.
Have a goal in mind
Create a to-do list before you sleep. That way, when you open your eyes to welcome a new day, you will know exactly what you have to look forward to. If your day doesn’t have a solid, clearly defined purpose, then chances are that you won’t find the motivation to pull the covers back and slip away from the warm cocoon of your bed.
Pull back those curtains
Sun rays are very important since they suppress the production of melatonin, a hormone that’s responsible for helping us sleep. By opening the door and windows when you wake up, it will allow the rays to reach your skin. Getting your face and body flushed with the warm rays of the sun will energize your cells with a healthy dose of Vitamin D and it will suddenly feel good to be alive and awake.
Drink a glass of water right when you wake up
This will of course make sure that you are starting your day by re-hydrating your body, but there’s another reason why you should drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. Even if you go back to bed to try and doze off for another 10-15 minutes, drinking water will make sure that you have to wake up to go to the bathroom soon. It’s a cool little trick that always works!
Make your meals in advance
Make your meals the night before. This way you don’t have to rush your mornings, stressing about what to pack for lunch. Along with that, it will ensure that you don’t make poor dietary decisions. Last-minute lunch ideas are usually filled with sugar and unhealthy fat, which increases fatigue. By preparing your lunch, and even breakfast, the night before going to sleep, you make sure that you can just enjoy your mornings without trying to make a whole lot of important decisions in a short amount of time.
Count your blessings
When you wake up first thing in the morning, you may feel groggy, annoyed, and overwhelmed about facing another day. Keep a bullet journal or just a plain notebook with a pen next to you. When you wake up, open to a fresh new page and write five things you are grateful for and 3 things you would like to accomplish that day. The task of remembering and writing these down is a great way to tell your brain exactly why you are happy to be awake and what you have to look forward to in the next 24 hours.
You don’t have to struggle to wake up every morning. By using these hacks mentioned above, you will find that you actually look forward to waking up every morning. In the end, if nothing works to get you on your toes in the morning, just count to 5 and force yourself up. Don’t think. Just do.