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7 Ways To Get Up On Time If You’re Not A Morning Person

How many of these do you do?

Waking up early can be difficult, especially for those of us who aren’t morning people. It’s tempting to hit snooze and play on our phones before rolling out of bed. But if we want to maximize our morning and make it to wherever we have to be on time, it’s important to pick up the right habits that can help us get up early and leave us feeling refreshed and energized.

If you need some help getting up on time, here are seven ways to help you wake up and feel like you just may be a morning person, after all.

1. Don’t Press Snooze

You might think you’re getting more sleep by pressing snooze over and over, but it could actually leave you feeling more tired than when you began. Drifting off to sleep again begins a new sleep cycle, but waking up so abruptly interrupts a deep level of sleep, which can leave you feeling groggy and lethargic.

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Photo by Henrique Simplicio

2. Let In Some Light

As soon as you wake up, open the curtains. Exposing yourself to light in the morning helps regulate your body’s natural circadian rhythms, leaving you more alert and energized than if you were to get ready in the dark.

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3. Avoid Electronics Before Bed

Using your computer and cell phone at night delays the release of the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin. The delayed release of melatonin can not only cause you to fall asleep later, but can also disrupt your quality of sleep during the night. Avoid Netflix before bed, and turn your phone on do not disturb.

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Photo by Johan Larsson

4. Eat Breakfast

Many people just grab their coffee and head straight from the door, but try to eat something before you begin your day. Eating a breakfast filled with protein and complex carbohydrates can help improve your focus, alertness and energy. So don’t skip out on your morning meal!

 

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5. Get Moving

You don’t need to do a full morning workout, but even just a 10-minute walk around the block can help wake you up and improve your energy. Mild exercise can awaken both the mind and the body, and if you choose to get moving outside, the extra light will have you feeling more awake as well.

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Photo by Cristian Carrara

6. Drink A Glass Of Water

Right when you wake up, be sure to hydrate yourself with a glass of water. Even just mild dehydration can cause moodiness and fatigue, so make sure you’ve got enough H20 at the start of your morning.

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7. Take A Cold Shower

Many people swear by a cold morning shower, and for good reason. Brief exposure to cool water can reverse the effects of fatigue, so why not get clean and wake up at the same time?

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So there you have it, night owls. Start turning yourself into a morning person by following these seven tips to start your day off right.