Waking up on time is a struggle many people face every morning. Failing to rise when required can be due to a variety of reasons, including going to bed too late or dealing with the effects of a sleep disorder. Some people might even have trouble waking up because they are simply too comfortable and can’t bear the thought of leaving their cozy memory foam mattress behind in order to start the day. Regardless of the particular issues behind your inability to wake up on time, here are some tips to get you out of bed without hitting the snooze button.
Place your alarm across the room
This is the oldest piece of advice out there, but it’s still around because it actually works. Placing your alarm clock across the room makes you physically get up and out of bed to turn it off, which is often the biggest challenge of waking up on time.
Note: If you have a bed partner who wakes up at a different time in the morning, set a quieter alarm near the bed for a few minutes before the one across the room. The threat of waking up your partner should work as an added incentive to get you up and moving around.
Have a fun reason to wake up on time
Few people can generate enthusiasm for waking up simply to get ready for work or school, so add some “me” time to your morning routine. Prepare the ingredients for a special breakfast before going to bed at night or set the timer on your coffeemaker so your favorite caffeinated beverage is ready when you wake up.
Make yourself accountable
Social accountability is a very strong motivational tool, so consider making yourself accountable to friends. This could take the form of scheduling an early morning workout with a pal or a personal trainer or tweeting a simple message to your social media followers. There are even public online groups for people like you who want to start waking up on time. You can join one of these groups and post your daily results for other members.
Give yourself time to adjust
Good habits are not formed overnight, so give yourself time to adjust to your new morning routine. You might not feel your best in the first few days or weeks of getting up on time and you might even oversleep or hit the snooze button once in a while. Just accept those occurrences as temporary setbacks and try again the next day!