Do you find it hard to get out of bed
in the morning? I sure as hell do. By the time I’ve dragged myself across the room and turned off the alarm, I’m back asleep again before I’ve had a chance to so much as turn on the light. My alarm system is a multi-layered labyrinth of trip-systems, staggered timers and security buzzers more complicated than Fort Knox.
If any of this sounds familiar, you’ll appreciate Savvy Sugar’s latest article 7 Tips to Wake Up and Get Out of Bed Fast. In it, they highlight 7 great ways you can aid yourself in the inevitable struggle from the bed to the door.
1. Firstly they mention HEALTH. Sure, it’s the buzz-word of the moment, but there’s a reason for that. Getting your health in-check could make sure that you’re getting the type of bed rest you deserve. Getting even a few minutes exercise a day can help wear you out so you get to sleep quicker and wake up feeling more refreshed.
2. Grab a COFFEE. Sounds like a plan to me. In fact, as soon as I read that, my impressionable mind instantly started gravitating towards the kitchen…. But it’s a sound idea: waking yourself up with something caffeinated is bound to refresh your palate, jolt you awake and stop you falling flat on the carpet in a sleep-deprived stupor. I’m going to have to keep a mini-fridge of iced coffee next to my bed from now on.
3. Put your ALARM CLOCK on the other side of the room. I already do this one, and to be honest it doesn’t work for me. It’s still a good idea though, and it would be a lot worse if I didn’t do it. It might be worth investing in one of those alarm clocks that scoot around the floor and make you chase them down to turn them off, or one that gradually lights up the room in silence for a natural feel.
4. Don’t drink too much caffeine or alcohol the NIGHT BEFORE. Good tip. These take a long time to get through your system and can cause you a delay in waking up the next morning.
5. Fifthly, they mention SMELLING SALTS. Seems a little old fashioned, but it could work. A nice-smelling oil or fragrance such as orange, lemon or mint might help to stimulate you in those first crucial minutes away from the mattress.
6. Last, but in no way least is the ability to TRAIN YOURSELF. Slightly comical, but if worst comes to worst then it might be a viable option. Try dimming the lights during the day and hopping into bed, then going through your waking up routine. Sounds dumb, but if it becomes second nature, then your barely-conscious self will know what to do when the time comes to step up to the bar.
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