You snooze, you lose. Well, we *think* that’s what the saying means.
It’s that familiar sound again: the alarm is beeping and it’s time to get up. But we don’t feel quite ready to take on the day, so we reach over and hit the snooze button. Then, after what feels like a blink of an eye, we do it all over again.
Snooze. Sleep. Repeat.
While snoozing can provide a few minutes of sweet relief in the early morning hours, it can also have a few negative effects, such as messing with your sleep cycle and confusing your body’s internal clock.
Thankfully, there are several ways you can fight the urge to get those extra few minutes of sleep in the morning.
Put Your Phone Across the Room
Place your phone across the room or somewhere else you can’t reach to avoid the temptation of using it before bed. Plus, if you use your phone as your alarm clock, getting out of bed to silence it will likely decrease your chances of hitting snooze!
Use Natural Light To Your Advantage
Did you know that exposure to natural light can make waking up easier? Waking up to your alarm in a completely dark room can keep your brain in sleep mode, while opening curtains and letting sunlight in can let your brain know that it’s time to wake up.
Create a Bedtime and Morning Routine
Creating a morning and bedtime routine can make falling asleep and waking up so much easier. Having a consistent routine that you follow every time you wake up and go to bed will let your body and mind know exactly what time it is.
Shock Your Body
For a quick way to help yourself wake up in the morning, shocking your body might be the answer. For example, drinking a fair amount of water right when you wake up will help your body wake up and get ready for the day, and help keep you hydrated!
Switch Up Your Alarm
Over time, you may become complacent to the sound of your alarm. It just may not get you up like it used to.
If this is happening to you, then switching up your alarm might be a good option for you. Changing the sound your alarm makes, the time it goes off at, or its location may help you wake up easier. Can also help you get your daily steps in!