“Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.”
You’re tired of hitting the snooze button 10 times before you get out of bed. Not only is this wasting your time and making you late, but it’s also making you feel groggy and uninspired to start your day once your feet hit the floor. If you’re chronically late for work, or if you just need to make sure you don’t miss your flight early tomorrow morning, read on.
1. Set your alarm. Your alarm may be the most important part of your plan to get up in the morning. You should set your alarm to go off more than once just in case you’re worried you’ll sleep through it. If you really need extra motivation, you can even set multiple alarms to make it even more difficult for you to stay asleep. You can also:
- Put your alarm across the room. That way, you’ll have to get up to turn it off, which will make it harder for you to fall back asleep.
- Put the alarm in another hard-to-reach spot. You could place it high on a bookshelf or even under your bed. Just make sure it’s close enough that you can still hear it and that it’s not dangerous for you to turn it off.
- If you have an iPhone or another phone that lets you set a message with your alarm, write yourself a little motivational note to go along with it. Something as simple as, “Get up for your morning jog! I know you can do it!” can help motivate you and may even make you smile.
2. Avoid coffee, red wine and chocolate. They have been scientifically shown to disturb your sleep more than any other food. They upset your intestines in such a way that you will wake up constantly or have a very light sleep that doesn’t re charge you at all. Try not to have these things after lunch time.
3. Go to bed happy with your partner. One of the best ways to get a terrible sleep is to go to bed before you solve a problem with your partner. In my relationship I never let the sun set on an argument, even if I have to compromise a little bit on my own ego. Before you go to bed make sure your partner is happy (as much as you can) and make sure that you are happy with them. It is also one of the best things you can do for your relationship, let alone your sleep.
4. Sleep well. Eight hours of sleep won’t help you much if you don’t get quality sleep. Minimize disturbances that may wake you up in the night:
- Get a comfortable bed
- Set your thermostat so you’ll sleep at a comfortable temperature
- Reduce external noises by closing windows, turning off the TV, or using a device that generates constant “white noise.”
- Guard against mosquitoes if you are in a place where they are a problem and take preventive measures so you are fully guarded against them when asleep.
- Consider getting a larger bed or sleeping in separated beds if your spouse or partner wakes you up with his or her tossing and turning. Better yet, get a mattress that absorbs motion and will not be felt by your partner.
- Darken the room. Bright lights will keep you awake.
- Read the related wikiHows for more tips on getting to sleep and getting quality sleep.
- Meditate, pray and calm down before going to bedEvery night before I go to bed I do about 30 minutes to an hour of meditation. This is amazing as it allows you to throw out all the days worries and forget about the worries of tomorrow. The future cannot be changed while you are asleep and the past is gone so there is no point losing sleep over it! Let it go.
5. Don’t eat dinner right before bed. A lot of people run home after work, cook up some dinner and then eat it and go to bed. This is a bad idea. The process of digestion takes a while and you do not want to be laying down right after you ate a big meal. Try and leave a few hours in between your bedtime and your dinner and see how you feel the next day.
6. Use ice-cold water. Or spoons. Splashing your face with ice-cold water as you get up shocks your brain, and opens up your eyes. If you’re brave enough, you can also try turning your shower knob to the coldest setting for 10 seconds before getting out (which will also give your hair some extra shine—bonus!) If you’re really dedicated, place two spoons on the fridge or freezer the night before and lay them over your eyes in the morning for a cooling, de-puffing fix.