The Perfect Way to Wake Up Every Morning
If the first thing you say every morning is “five … more … minutes,” your wakeup routine could stand to be stronger. Here’s how to train yourself to be more of a morning person, one tiny tweak at a time.
Ditch the Beep
Picking the most obnoxious, earsplitting sound for your wakeup call will definitely shock you out of your slumber, but you’ll feel more refreshed if you ease into the morning.
Light is actually a better cue for your body to wake up, since it suppresses melotonin, the hormone that makes you feel sleepy.
Invest in an alarm clock that wakes you up with a soft light—one that gradually gets brighter and only makes a sound if you haven’t turned it off.
You’ve got it all planned out the night before: you have to be up by 8 a.m., so you set an alarm for 7:15, 7:30, and 7:45. That way you can account for a few built-in relapses.
But by constantly waking up and nodding off, you’re losing precious minutes of sleep. Even if it were only a difference of 10 fewer minutes a day, it would add up to 60 hours of sleep lost per year. You won’t notice a difference day to day, but a loss of sleep over a long period of time can become problematic as you get older. Pick a wakeup time and stick to it. Otherwise, you’re more likely to experience these 5 Crazy Things That Can Happen When You’re Short on Sleep.
Be Your Own Alarm Clock
There’s a reason college students snooze through their morning classes. Waking up at different times every day confuses the hell out of your brain.
If you’re getting up at 7 a.m. one day and noon the next, your body can’t establish any kind of schedule.
Getting into a routine will transform your body into its own natural alarm clock, especially if you start the day with exercise. If every morning you get up at the same time, drink a glass of water and go for a run, your brain will come to anticipate the sudden flurry of activity.
You’ll find yourself waking up 2 minutes before your alarm clock—and believe it or not, you’ll be happy about it.