How can I prevent myself from sleeping through my alarm or hitting snooze a thousand times? No matter what I do, I can’t seem to get myself out of bed in the morning — help!
-Ms. Morning Misery
Great question! Even as a self-proclaimed morning person, I too find getting out of bed a difficult and overall unpleasant experience, especially during these winter months. I could advise “adopting a regular sleep schedule” or just “sleeping more,” but I’m guessing you’re a smart cookie and you don’t need me to tell you that. Instead, here are three (hopefully) more helpful ways to unleash the morning person in all of us, or at least make sure you’re never late to first period again.
1. The light trick. Set two alarms: one for when you need to get up and one 15 minutes earlier. When the first alarm goes off, open your curtains and turn on a dim light source. (I have string lights around my window, but a small lamp works too.) Now, crawl back into bed! Enjoy the coziness, grab a few extra minutes of sleep, and by the time the second alarm goes off the light will have started to wake you up gently.
2. Charge your phone across the room. Getting out of bed to turn off your alarm will wake you up quickly and effectively as well as, uh, get you out of bed. You also eliminate the risk of accidentally hitting snooze while half asleep. This strategy has the added bonus of keeping you from using your phone right before you go to bed, which will improve your sleep quality. Maybe you’ll even crack open a book before catching some “Zs”. Who knows?
3. Befriend mornings. There are ways to making the morning a time of day you look forward too, not dread. Try completing all your arduous tasks the night before, like packing your lunch and getting all your school supplies together. Reserve the early hours for things that relax you and prepare you for the day ahead, like drinking a mug of coffee or tea, reading the paper or scrolling through social media. Ideally, mornings should not be for rushing around half-asleep, and recognizing this will make conquering them a little more enjoyable.
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Best of luck,