I was NOT a morning person. For most of my life, I’ve had five alarms set—15 minutes apart—and I’d snooze every single one. I was late to everything with no end in sight. I needed a change, but it was almost physically impossible for me to wake up. My partner has a terrible ritual in the morning. He’s usually up before me; this is just the truth. Once he’s lonely, bored, or wants breakfast, he comes in to forcibly remove me from bed. He’ll grab my feet and twist me so that my feet are on the ground. Then he grabs my hands to sit me up. Finally, he pulls me upright and pushes me directly into our bathroom and closes the door. It’s infuriating and annoying, but it’s also the funniest thing ever and makes us laugh every time—a nice way to start the day….sort of.
Like anything in life, the first steps are the hardest. Here are five tips for waking up earlier:
1.) Invest in a fancy alarm clock:
Sometimes the jarring sound of high pitched alarms only quicken your response to hitting snooze. We’ve all had that college boyfriend or roommate who puts they alarm across the room to force them out of bed. Try that! Or try alternative alarms like this one off Amazon (I’m not being paid to suggest it, it’s just the alarm I use.)
There are also various apps for your phone like Sleep Cycle that track your movements in sleep to decide when you’re at your lightest rest around your wake-up time. As well as apps that make you prove you’ve gotten up – some, like Step Out Of Bed, make you take 30 steps while holding your phone.
Not everyone falls asleep in the same way—some of us utilize guided sleep meditation, nature sounds, or earplugs—so nothing is saying you have to wake up in a particular way! Find an alarm that gets you going and doesn’t make you suicidal.
2.) Make your morning easier with prep:
Sometimes just the thought of all the things we have to do can keep us groaning for “just five more minutes!” Save yourself the trouble by setting yourself, and your household, up for success.
- Preset your coffee maker to brew at your wake-up time (you can set it to brew hot water if you prefer tea.)
- Buy an auto feeder for your pets (assuming they aren’t master hackers like my fat-ass cat.)
- Pre-make your breakfast. This action is particularly useful if you’re putting in a ton of hours at school or your career. Time is precious. I love these overnight oatmeals as a quick option.
- Have your outfit planned and your briefcase packed the night before to get you moving out the door even faster.
- If you workout in the morning, have your tennis shoes and clothes within sight when you peel those peepers open.
3.) Make sure you’re getting enough sleep:
Seems obvious enough, right? But the culprit may not be your extreme laziness, but that you simply aren’t getting enough sleep. According to sleepfoundation.org and studies done by the National Sleep Foundation Advisory Council, these are the guidelines for making sure you’re rested to take on your life as a morning person:
- Newborns (0-3 months ): Sleep range narrowed to 14-17 hours each day (previously it was 12-18)
- Infants (4-11 months): Sleep range widened two hours to 12-15 hours (previously it was 14-15)
- Toddlers (1-2 years): Sleep range widened by one hour to 11-14 hours (previously it was 12-14)
- Preschoolers (3-5): Sleep range widened by one hour to 10-13 hours (previously it was 11-13)
- School-age children (6-13): Sleep range widened by one hour to 9-11 hours (previously it was 10-11)
- Teenagers (14-17): Sleep range widened by one hour to 8-10 hours (previously it was 8.5-9.5)
- Younger adults (18-25): Sleep range is 7-9 hours (new age category)
- Adults (26-64): Sleep range did not change and remains 7-9 hours
- Older adults (65+): Sleep range is 7-8 hours (new age category)
4.) Start a Meditation Practice:
Starting your day with intention is an excellent way to become a morning person. Eventually, you look forward to the peace that the early morning hours can bring to any mindfulness practice.
5.) Get out of bed:
Like, this is a deal breaker. You have to do it. Just swing those tootsies to the ground and get moving, sister! Life doesn’t wait.
How do you guys wake up in time for your daily activities? Are you a morning person?