We all go through it every day. The ritual when our alarm rings and we have to wake up. Most people hate waking up and when the moment comes, they usually end up going back to sleep. Once they do wake back up again, they realize that they are late and the rush is on. When this happens – and it occurs often – we tell ourselves that we will start waking up earlier. However, doing that and actually carrying it out consistently, is easier said than done.
These 10 tips for waking up and staying awake can help you avoid these problems. The cycle of waking up and staying awake or ignoring the alarm, is very common. That’s because we all love to hit the snooze button and hope to get at least 5 more minutes of sleep. But in the end, those five minutes turn to much more which then causes us to be late. Follow these ten tips and you should be able to wake up and stay up.
Get A Good Night’s Sleep
Yes, we know that this may sound redundant or too vague. However, not getting enough sleep is one of the biggest reasons people wake up tired. And in turn, feel the need to continue sleeping. If you deprive your body and mind of rest, they will both feel tired and not want to wake up. Avoid using your cell phone late at night or at least one hour before going to bed. The same for watching TV right before going to bed. Also, be sure to keep any electronic gadgets out of of your bedroom.
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Keep Your Alarm Clock Far Away
Although this is a very simple to follow tip, it is one of the most effective ones to help you wake up on time. Most of us tend to hit the snooze button each time the alarm goes off. That, in turn, lets us continue to sleep longer than we were supposed to. It also results in making you late for whatever you wanted to get up for.
If you place your alarm clock away from you, you will have to get out of bed to turn it off or hit the snooze button. Chances are that once you do that, you will realize that you have to get up anyway. If you sleep with others around you, it will motivate you to get up so your alarm won’t disturb them. Plus, not being able to hit the snooze button as much will do the trick.
Remember Why You Need To Wake Up
If there is an important reason as to why you have to wake up at a certain time, then you need to remember it. Motivation is key according to many experts on sleeping habits. If you keep in mind the reasons why you have to wake up when the alarm goes off, it will make it easier to do. Take time to reflect on why this is crucial to you and why you need to be on time.
Sleep The Right Amount Of Hours
Most researchers and sleep experts always recommend that we sleep at least 7 to 8 hours a day for adults. The reason this is important is because if you sleep the right amount of hours, you will most likely wake up when you need to. There are some who still feel a bit groggy even after 7 hours of rest. If that is the case, then try sleeping for another 14 minutes intervals. Once you do this, you will find the right amount of time your body needs to wake up fine each day.
Use A Gradual Alarm
Some people have alarms that are truly annoying or hard to wake up to. Annoying and loud blaring sounds are not the best for waking someone out of their sleep. On the other hand, if you use a gradual alarm tone, chances are you will want to wake up easier. Try using your favorite song as your alarm tone. There is also a great app called Sleep Cycle which works very well.
Adjust To Your Body Clock
We all have a clock in our body that is different from other people. Some of us may need to only sleep a certain amount of hours and minutes to wake up feeling right. Others, will require more or less time to do so. This all depends on your body clock. You need to get to know your body clock and adjust your alarm to it. There are several great apps that can wake you up in 15 minute increments to learn your body’s clock. Once you and the app, figure out what that is, the app will work very well. And you will wake up feeling much more energized and better.
Make Your Bed Quickly
One of the best ways to make sure you don’t go back under your covers, is to make your bed. As soon as your alarm goes off, jump out and make your bed. That will keep you from getting back into it and under the sheets. It will also help you keep your room organized. In turn, you will feel more motivated and effective. Be sure to make a habit each morning to produce better results.
Drink A Glass Of Water
Many people don’t want to wake up and stay awake due to dehydration. The best way to make sure you avoid this is by drinking a glass of water as soon as you wake up. It will keep you refreshed and ready to go and much more awake. In addition, your body and mind will feel much better throughout the entire day.
Open Up Those Shades
The best way to tell your body that it is time to wake up, is by letting in the sunshine. This trick will tell your body that it is time to accept that the time for waking up has arrived. If you wake up during the morning hours, the sunlight can do wonders for your mind and body. Research has shown that bright lights can have positive effects for waking you up and keeping you awake.
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Throw Cold Water On Your Face
This may be the oldest trick in the book. But throwing some cold water on your face will get both your body and mind’s attention. A couple of splashes on your face or taking a cold water shower can do the job. The cold water will get your adrenalin and body moving quickly.