I am not a morning person. I aspire to wake up early so that I can eat a leisurely breakfast while reading the paper (printed on actual paper) rather than grabbing a thing of yogurt as I run out the door, but it just hasn’t ever happened. Maybe with these tips from Care2 I’ll be able to get up earlier and easier. Care to join me?
1. Listen to your body. When you’re tired, go to bed. And get up at the same time every day, even if you accidentally stay up too late one night. You’ll eventually get your body into a cycle.
2. Remember that the sleep cycle is 90 minutes long. Instead of shooting for a solid eight hours, aim for increments of 90 minutes. You’ll feel less groggy in the morning.
3. Don’t cut out sleep all at once. If you sleep too much at night and think you could run on fewer hours, cut back on hours in increments of 30 minutes. Your body will eventually get used to the shorter amount of sleep. We’re talking a jump from nine hours to seven hours here — don’t try to push it to four.
4. Find your morning motivation. If you dread going to work, then you probably aren’t going to want to get out of bed. Finding small a.m. pleasures (like a delish granola) can help motivate you to wake up and go.
5. Lose the blinds. Well, not completely — we suggest using them when you change clothes. But having the morning sun shine in while you’re asleep will give your body a reminder that it’s time to get up.
6. Put your alarm clock far away. Hitting the snooze button is easy when the clock/phone is next to your bed. Not so easy when it’s on the other side of the room. And don’t forget to set your alarm to the most annoying sound possible.
7. Fight the snooze. Let’s just ignore it all together. The sleep you get while hitting snooze every eight minutes isn’t good sleep, anyway — so just get up.
8. Drink some H2O before bedtime. Nothing will get you out of bed faster in the morning than having to pee really badly. It’s a natural alarm clock.
9. Try to wake up on your own. Tell your body that you need to be up by a certain time, and then set an alarm clock for ten minutes later. You’ll be surprised at how good your body is at waking up all by itself.