"I need to take up your no hitting the snooze button. After waking up 15 minutes before I needed to leave for work I've taken to adding my phone into the mix of wake-up devices. So now it goes alarm, 10 minutes later the radio turns on and 10 minutes after that my phone goes off. The phone takes more cognitive ability to turn off, so hopefully it will continue to get me out of bed." - Beth
I hear from a lot of people that snoozing is a part of every week day morning (and usually in a negative way, hey if you like snoozing keep doing it!) so I compiled my top tips for waking up when your alarm first goes off.
- Go to bed on time, if you know you need 8 hours of sleep don't go to bed 5 hours before your alarm is set to go off.
- Make your morning plans before you go to bed. 6 AM is not the time for you to be making any decisions. If you are going to work out first thing, pick and set out your clothes.
- Place your alarm far enough from your bed so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you are out of bed you should be good to go! My last apartment didn't have a good spot so I put it at the foot of my bed, still good because I had to sit up to reach it.
- If you stayed out really late, don't feel good, or canceled your morning plans, change the alarm time. Its better to get 35 minutes extra of pure sleep instead of five 7-minute increments.
- Find an alarm sound that works for you. I like gentle sounds, like bells and waves, but you might see something harsher like BEEPS. Find what works for you.
- If you hate getting out of bed and facing the cold in the morning, make sure you keep a robe next to your bed or program your heater to gear back up a little earlier.
- Drink a big glass of water before going to bed. When your alarm goes off you will need to use the bathroom and you'll jump right out of bed!
Bonus tip- Tell yourself that snoozing is not an option, in fact it doesn't exist!
Are you a snoozer? A recovered snoozer? Have you tried any of my tips?