We have all done it! Or shall I say, WE STILL DO! We are all guilty of setting about 10 different alarms, all 5 minutes apart from each other. Or even better, rapidly reaching for your phone so you can eagerly press the snooze button hundreds of times, before suddenly noticing that it is 7.50 am and you have now found yourself leaping out of your bed and running around your bedroom like a headless chicken thinking to yourself “God, why did I ever press the bleeping snooze button”!
It happens…and this same scenario has happened to me a fair amount – Can you tell?
Luckily for you, I am giving you 15 ideas on how to wake up without having to press the snooze button and suddenly fearing for your life that you will be late for work for the 5th time that same week.
#1 – Drink plenty of water before bed
Drinking water before bed will automatically have you jumping out of bed and running to the toilet.
#2 – Write your goals down the night before
I found that once your write your goals down the night before, this will trigger your sub conscious mind to wake up early because you know exactly what you need to do that day. So try it! Get a journal or a piece of paper out and try noting down your goals you want to achieve for the following day and see just how well it works for you
#3 – Put your alarm across the room
We all put our phones or our alarm clock within reaching distance from our beds, however this is the wrong thing to do if we want to wake up early. When you put your phone or alarm across the room you have NO CHOICE but to get out of bed and walk across the room to turn it off.
#4 – Set a very loud, annoying alarm clock
When your alarm clock sounds calm and soothing, this will do nothing but send you back to sleep. Try a loud, annoying sound that makes you want to leap out of bed to turn it off as soon as possible. This may also help avoid you putting it back on snooze as you won’t be able to stand hearing it again.
#5 – Go to bed earlier
When you have a set routine of going to bed earlier in the evenings, it will make it much easier for you to get up early in the mornings, without it being an absolute struggle in the mornings. Get your body into a routine to go to bed at ear enough the same time each night, so that you can get up the same time in the mornings.
#6 – Give yourself a reason for getting up
When you give yourself a reason to get up in the mornings, you will see what positive impact this can have on your mornings. Whether you are getting up to provide for yourself and your family, getting an education, or creating the life you’ve always wanted – whatever it is, make sure that it I something that will give you the drive to get up every morning.
#7 – try the 5,4,3,2,1 technique
I remember watching a TED talk about a year ago and learned of this technique created by Mel Robbins. She was explaining that there was a point in her life where everything was going wrong and it got to a point where she just couldn’t face getting out of bed in the mornings. She described the 5,4,3,2,1 technique! Saying that when she heard her alarms in the morning, she counted down 5,4,3,2,1 in her head and sprang out of bed like an astronaut. She said ever since she started this in the mornings her life transformed for the better.
#8 – Get used to waking up at the same time every day
When your body gets used to waking up everyday at the same time you will never have a problem with waking up in the mornings. It is extremely important that your body gets in a routine.
#9 – Use light to your advantage
When you set your alarm, you may have the option to put a bright light that will flash while you’re alarm is going off. This may help to trigger your other senses.
#10 – Get physical
Take your head out of the gutter I don’t mean get physical in that way. Getting physical and keeping fit in the mornings is a great way to keep your heat pumping and your body sweaty so you are ready to take on the day. Take it one step at the time! Some people find it better to go to the gym first thing in the mornings, but if you can’t then get up and do a bit of physical exercise in your room when you get up.
#11 – Track your progress
Tracking your sleep pattern may encourage you to get a good night’s sleep and it also allows you to see just how much sleep you are getting. I found that having a Fitbit watch was one of the best things for me when it came to tracking my sleep, especially because it gives you the option to put your sleep goals and that way it tracks your sleep patterns each night when you wear it to bed.
#12 – Keep yourself motivated
By constantly keeping yourself motivated this will help you with those of you who hate getting out of bed in the mornings. When you keep motivated you are constantly thinking about the end goal. As soon as you wake up in the mornings just think “What is my end goal?” and I promise you, you will be jumping out of bed faster that Usain Bolt.
#13 – Avoid looking at your phone in the morning
For many, our phones are the first thing we look at when we wake up and the last thing we use before our heads hit the sheets. So you may not be the person who slams the snooze button each button, but even if you are picking up your phone first thing in the morning, this can have an affects on your mornings and can also contribute in making you late, unmotivated to do anything and chilled.
#14 – Instead listen to something that will inspire you
I found that listening to motivational audio in the mornings when I woke up was one of the best things I could ever do. Once I stopped, it somehow influenced the day I was going to have.
#15 – or maybe some music
If you’re feeling cheeky playing a bit of music that will get you hyped up will help you. If you prefer to be bumping round to tunes in the morning, rather than sluggishly rolling out of bed hardly even knowing what day of the week it is, then I say go for it!