How to be a morning person

Stop hitting that snooze button

by REGAN TALLEY ★ NOV. 2, 2018

The moment your alarm goes off on a Monday morning is single-handedly the worst sound of all time. It means the weekend is over and you can no longer procrastinate on finishing that project anymore. We all know that getting out of bed is hard AF, so at UGirl we’ve put together some tips and tricks that are sure to get you up and running before the day escapes you.

1. Sleep more!

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I know, duh, right? This one sounds obvious but the temptation to watch Netflix at midnight is underestimated. If you want to wake up earlier, you will have to go to sleep earlier. So when it is time to get up in the morning, you won’t feel like death. Prioritize your work and your day so you can aim for a healthy dose of eight hours of sleep a night (it’s possible, we promise).

2. You snooze, you lose

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Look, it is so tempting to hit that snooze button, but, this can seriously interrupt your REM cycle. Just because you stayed in bed for an extra hour doesn’t mean you are more alert. In fact, this can have the opposite effect and make you feel more exhausted (not to mention annoy your roomie with your phone constantly going off). Set one alarm and stick to it.

3. Break up with your phone

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If your phone is right next to you, it will be all the more tempting to mindlessly hit the snooze button when it goes off. By keeping your phone across the room, it requires you to physically get out of bed to shut it off. This also prevents you from scrolling through Insta at 2 in the morning when you know you have to get up at 8.

4. Consistency is key

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Try getting up at the same time every morning during the week. This will make it progressively easier to get out of bed. Instead of feeling like death at 8, you will be naturally alert and awake.

5. Be reasonable

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If you are used to sleeping until noon everyday, there’s no way on this earth you will get up at 7 a.m. Set an alarm for a time that you know you will get up for. This will help you establish a consistent wake-up call that helps prepare your mind and body for the day ahead (i.e. writing that research paper that you may or may not have started that’s due tonight).

6. Hop in that shower

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When you first roll out bed, you might look and feel like a zombie. so grab that caddy and hop in the shower. Not only will you look ten times better, you will feel refreshed and ready to take on the rest of your morning. Goodbye caffeine!

7. Stretch it out

By taking five minutes to stretch, your body will feel ready to move and not so sluggish. When that dreaded alarm goes off, do some simple stretches to ward off exhaustion and feel energized as you go about your day.

8. Create a routine

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Creating a morning routine that you can stick to, will get you mentally and physically prepared for the day ahead. Grab a friend and go to the gym or head to the student center with your roomie to get work done before your class begins.

Utilize our tips and tricks to get you up and at ‘em for before that dreaded 8 a.m. starts. Although hard, changing your habits to become a morning person is possible. Be patient and stick with it, and even you can get up on the right side of the bed everyday. Good morning sunshine!

Health, Self-careTayler Bradford