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Here are my favorite tips for making waking up and getting out of bed easier:
1. Set your Alarm Clock to Play your Favorite Music
The sounds of most alarm clocks is miserable and can elicit feelings of anxiety in many people. Thus by using a standard alarm clock, the first thought in your head each day is a negative one. That’s a terrible way to start the day!
Instead, I recommend setting your alarm clock to play music that makes you happy. The first thought in your head each day be a bright one. Unlike with an annoying alarm clock sound, you won’t even want to push the snooze button! You will just want to dance, and you can’t sleep when you’re dancing… and when you’re dancing, you want to stand up. So before you know it, you’re up and ready to take on the day!
I usually play high energy music such as funk or electronic music. We all have different tastes in music, so I recommend experimenting with your favorite genres and songs to see what works.
2. Consume Caffeine Immediately After Waking Up
You may feel groggy and slow for the first hour or two after waking up. Feeling groggy leads to lower productivity, and means more time spent on certain tasks than is necessary. To eliminate the morning groggy feeling, drink coffee or tea shortly after waking up. It prevents you from wanting to go back to sleep, and will give you the energy you need to get your morning started.
Some people are opposed to using caffeine. I personally consume about 3 cups of tea per day. You may want to start with small doses if you don’t regularly consume caffeine.
3. Place Your Alarm Clock Away From Your Bed
By placing your alarm clock across the room, you will be required to get out of bed to turn it off. Getting out of bed is often the hardest part about waking up in the morning. By getting out of bed faster, you increase the likelihood of starting your day rather than going back to sleep.
Having your alarm clock next your bed makes it easier to press the snooze button and sleep longer. Once you are out of bed, it’s usually easier to stay up and get your day going. This may not work for some people who are also playing music they like as their alarm clock sound. I’ve heard from some people that if they enjoy the music, they don’t want to get out of bed to turn it off. You may need to experiment with these techniques.
4. Exercise in the Morning
Some light exercise in the morning will get your endorphins flowing and give you more energy. The optimal duration and intensity of exercise varies from person to person. After a brief workout at the gym, I feel energized and ready to take on the day. In addition, it leaves the rest of may day open for other activities. You could try doing a short easy workout such as some jumping jacks, crunches, or push ups. I choose to go to the gym for about 45 minutes every other morning and it helps me tremendously.
5. Drink Water Before Going to Sleep
By drinking water before going to sleep you will probably have to go to the bathroom in the morning. Needing to use the bathroom will make you want to get up and prevent you from falling back to sleep. However, try to avoid excess amounts of water within the few hours prior to going to sleep as at may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. I recommend experimenting to find the optimal timing and quantity of water to drink prior to sleeping.
I find if I drink too much water before sleeping it will wake me up earlier than I had planned. If I drink the right amount, I get woken up by my alarm clock at the right time and feel the need to get out of bed and can’t fall back to sleep if I try. This is an ideal scenario.
6. Open your Blinds Before Going to Sleep
Leaving your blinds open at night will allow the sun to enter your room and wake you up. Most people have a hard time sleeping when a room is bright. Conversely, a dark room is more conducive to sleep.
The sun is a source of vitamin D, which is a natural source of energy. The sun also reminds our mind and body that it’s daytime and that we should be awake and energized.
7. Eat Before Going to Sleep
One of the reasons why you may feel groggy and slow in the morning is because you haven’t had any sustenance during the eight hours you were asleep. Eight hours is actually a long time for your body to go without food.
A small snack before bed can help prevent this feeling. I usually chose a low-carbohydrate, easy to digest, food. Cottage cheese, yogurt, milk, nuts and/or peanut butter are great options.
Too much food or those that are difficult to digest may prevent you from sleeping, so it’s best to experiment to find the best quantity and types of food to eat before you sleep.
8. Eat When You Wake Up
As discussed above, while sleeping for eight hours you haven’t provided your body with any sustenance. A small and easy-to-digest meal in the morning will give you a boost of energy. I recommend a piece of fruit, a glass of milk, or yogurt. A tall glass of water can also be helpful.
9. Do Something Fun in the Morning
Stimulating your mind by doing an inspiring or enjoyable activity will give you energy. If you schedule something in advance, knowing that you will be doing something fun will make you more eager to get out of bed in the morning. It could be a phone conversation with a friend, reading, playing video games, or something else that makes you happy.
10. Have Accountability
Schedule something with somebody in the morning. Having “peer accountability” is one of the most effective motivators. If someone is dependent on your for something or monitoring your progress, you will feel motivated to do it. Scheduling a breakfast or workout with a peer will give you a clear deadline to attain to in the morning, thus giving you a kick-start in the morning.
I like to schedule coffee meetings with people at early times on the morning that I don’t work out. I’m going to be drinking coffee in the morning anyway, so I may as well do it with a colleague or friend.
11. Keep a Routine
Go to sleep and wake up at the same time each day. Keeping a regular and consistent sleep schedule helps your body get into a natural rhythm. By doing so you will begin to naturally fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day. Waking up will feel more natural and you will therefore have more energy in the morning. In addition it will help you fall asleep earlier. Getting the right amount of sleep will help you feel more energized. Staying up too late when you have to be up early the next morning can be detrimental to energy levels.
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