Is an alarm clock the worst possible sound in the world to hear for you? If you have a tough time getting up in the morning, you’re not alone. Not by any means—lack of sleep, poor sleep, and trouble waking up has become an extremely common complaint in the past couple of decades.
We seem to be becoming busier and busier, and our schedules are more and more packed. The solution for a lot of us is to sleep less. What’s worse, in a lot of cases we we’re just so stressed out from everything floating around in our heads that we have trouble getting to sleep in the first place, even when we’ve scheduled plenty of time to sleep in advance.
Oftentimes, the simplest solution is the best one: if you have trouble getting up in the morning, try getting more sleep. If you’re feeling stressed out, we’ve got some great suggestions on how to clear your mind, and that absolutely help you get some much needed rest. Chances are you’ll have a much easier time if you’re getting a solid 8 hours of sleep every night.
But what if you’re like so many people (myself included) in that even if you do get a solid 8 hours, you still have a tough time getting out of bed? There’s a simple answer to this too, but let me ask you a couple of questions first.
Have you ever had days where getting up early was super easy?
What did those days have in common?
Chances are, you were excited about something that you were doing that day. Those are the days when it’s easy to wake up.
This “secret” can open your eyes to a lot of other introspective and important questions. If you’re not excited to get up, why not? What changes could you make so that you do feel excited in the morning and you want to jump out of bed to tackle the day?
Sometimes it’s tough to be excited every…single…day. I get it. But being excited to get out of bed in the morning doesn’t necessarily have to mean drastic life changes (although sometimes it should). It can be as simple as reminding yourself that you’re happy to be alive. If that’s too sappy, bribery can also be pretty effective—if you like drinking coffee in the morning, buy yourself some fancy, delicious coffee, and only let yourself drink it in the mornings.
If you still need some help, here are a few things to try that might help you wake up in the morning without feeling like your eyelids weigh several hundred pounds! Try each one individually, or feel free to combine them.
No caffeinated beverages within at least 4 hours of going to bed. This will, obviously, make it easier to fall asleep and stay asleep. Therefore you’ll sleep longer and more consistently, which will be a big help in the morning. Interestingly, red wine can also disturb your sleep, so if you’re the type that enjoys a nice drink during your winding down time, consider something else.
Cut the snooze button out of your life. How many times have you played the “just 10 more minutes” game? It’ll take some effort, but train yourself to stop using the snooze button on your alarm clock. Here’s an easy way you can ween yourself off the snooze: instead of using the snooze button, manually set your alarm clock another 10 minutes ahead (and no more than that). The act of actually having to awkwardly push down the “time” button and jab at the “minute” button ten times might wake you up enough!
Play a “game” with a friend. This is probably the most fun suggestion here, but only if you know someone who isn’t too cranky in the morning. Hang on a second, it’s not what you’re thinking. If you know someone else who also wants/needs to get up at the same time as you, say it’s 6 AM, try and “race” each other to see who can call the other person quicker—but ONLY if it’s after 6 AM. Make a little wager, say, whoever calls first wins $1 from the other person. Setting your alarm clock for 5:59 AM is considered cheating. This can be a pretty hilarious way to start the day, and there’s nothing better than starting the day with a laugh.