The alarm goes off, you hit snooze and roll over. It’s morning. 5 minutes later the alarm goes off again, and you snooze it again. Finally after about 15 minutes of this, you jump out of bed, realizing how late it is. After madly running around, you rush to get out the door.
Waking up in the morning is something that tends to be so hard. Whether it is because we stay up too late binge watching our favorite show, or because we are just emotionally exhausted and drained from life. When the alarm goes off, it is really hard to bounce out of bed and begin the day.
Since I stay at home with my daughter, there are not a lot of days when we have to be up early with somewhere to be. However, I try really hard to make a habit of getting up early to start my day on the right foot. The days that I make the effort and actually get up when my alarm goes off, really does set a productive tone for the rest of the day. I find myself more full of energy and happier throughout the day.
Here are a few tips that I have implemented this year and have seen results. This normally 8:30-9 am riser has been getting up at 6:30-7 am consistently and actually enjoying it.
- Sleepy Cycle App: This app is amazing. As normal, you set your alarm for the time you have to get up. Anytime from 30 minutes before, to the time your alarm is set, it picks up on your sleep cycle and sets your alarm off when you are in your lightest sleep. It is much easier to wake up when you aren’t being woken up from a dead sleep. Instead, your body is actually ready to wake up.
- Drink water: Keep a glass of water on your bedside and drink it as soon as you wake up. It helps to wake up your body from the inside out. This helps with the groggy and dehydrated feeling.
- Have something to get up for: Choose one thing to do in the morning that you know you won’t be able to do any other time during the day. Whether it is working out, reading, or taking a shower. Use the FOMO (Fear of missing out) method. For example, 3 mornings a week we get up and workout, and the other 2 I get up just to read. If I didn’t do these things first thing in the morning, I probably wouldn’t get a chance to do it at all.
- Have something to look forward to: Find something that you look forward to in the morning. Some mornings I get out of bed only because I know I get my cup of coffee. Positive motivation works like a dream. No pun intended.
- Make your bed immediately: As soon as you get up, make your bed. This helps to show yourself that your day has started, and there is no chance of crawling back in.
- Go to bed earlier: I am a night owl. However, I am much more productive in the mornings. I have to make myself go to bed around 11 in order to get up early, but my days are so much more productive and full if I do.
The first few days are hard, as it is an adjustment. But after a few days, your body will begin to expect this and even look forward to the time you will now have.
What are some of the best things you have tried to help rolling out of bed look more like jumping out of bed?
Photography by Samantha Brooks.