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Stop wasting those minutes in bed! Stop waking up feeling awful. Do you have a secret for getting out of bed early? Or are you here searching for a way to muster up the get-up? After polling the internet, these are the top-voted ways people jump out of bed immediately every morning.
1. Don’t Overthink It
“I don’t think about it. That sounds insane and not helpful, but I built the habit of immediately getting out of bed when the alarm goes off. So if I get up and out before I have a moment to think about how it’s ringing and I don’t want to get up, then it’s easier to do,” one shared.
“Yup,” agreed another. “In my experience, when you first wake up, you have a brief window to swing your legs over the side of the bed, stand up, and get on with it. After that, it takes a little self-discipline.”
“Or you can lie there to doze off again or scroll your phone for a moment that drags on way too long and ends up unsatisfying. So when the alarm goes off, feet go on the floor. Then, after a while, it becomes a positive new habit.”
2. Set Your Alarm For the Last Possible Minute
“I make it, so I don’t have the choice to snooze my alarm. I have a morning routine that doesn’t involve a shower or anything I can shorten, as I already pre-packed lunch and picked out clothes the night before,” one shared.
“Get up, get dressed, brush your teeth, use the bathroom, make some fast food, then off to work. I set my alarm to do that routine with maybe five minutes to spare in case something happens,” another added.
3. Place a Loud Alarm Clock Out of Reach
“Put the alarm in a place where you have to get out of bed to turn it off with the volume up. Don’t get back in bed,” one suggested.
Another agreed, “Place the alarm clock on a dresser across the room or somewhere high, so it takes too much effort for your body not to wake up fully. It might be annoying the first few days, but it will work, and you’ll have a new positive mindset moving forward about morning time.”
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4. Put Your Pets on a Routine
“I have cats. They will ensure I’m awake and work together to make my remaining in bed an untenable option,” someone explained. “Feeding your pets on a set schedule will be sure to get you out of bed. They come to expect food by that time, or they’ll annoy you until they get it,” another confirmed.
“I don’t use an alarm clock anymore because my dog consistently wakes up around seven and urgently needs to go outside. If I don’t get up for that, I’ll have to get up to clean up a dog mess,” a third user replied.
5. Stop Using Your Snooze Button
“When I stopped using the snooze button, it was much easier to wake up entirely when my alarm went off,” one user confessed. “It took a few weeks for my new habit to develop, but now my body wakes up two to five minutes before my alarms even go off, and I am fully awake.”
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6. Try Using Your Coffee Timer
“Having your coffee set on a timer about ten minutes before you get out of bed can be helpful if you can smell it from your room,” someone suggested. “I have a coffee timer, and the aroma wakes my body up way before I realize I’m awake, which removes the groggy feeling from trying to wake yourself up,” admitted another.
7. Trick Your Mind
“When my alarm goes off, I’m still 90% asleep, and I convince myself I’m not waking up. I get out of bed and shower, preferably with my eyes closed as much as possible,” one confessed.
“I stand under the water with my eyes closed, still trying to convince myself I’m asleep. Finally, halfway through my shower, I’m awake, but the heat from the water makes the waking process much more tolerable.” Another argued, “Colder showers will wake you up and are better for your skin and hair.”
8. Plan an Enjoyable Activity for the Morning
One user shared, “Plan to do something you enjoy first. For example, I play video games for the first hour I awake. Gaming for a bit while coffee is brewing and having a cup when it’s done makes the morning much more enjoyable.”
9. Your Bladder is a Natural Alarm
“Drink water right before bed. It seems simple, but I have used my body as an alarm clock my whole life. When you have to go, your body will let you know, and there won’t be a choice,” one suggested.
“The easiest way for my body to wake me up is to drink a ton of water before bed, especially when I have the 6:00 am shift,” another concurred.
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10. Have a Consistent Sleep Schedule
Finally, someone shared, “I have a consistent and non-negotiable sleep schedule, even on weekends (9:30 pm to 6:00 am). Do it long enough, and it becomes entrained into your circadian rhythm to the point where you don’t need an alarm clock.”
“It’s not always easy and not glamorous, but it is a simple and doable habit to form. And more than that – it’s necessary for good health and quality of life.”
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“You can’t deprive yourself of sleep during the week and expect to ‘make up’ the lost sleep on the weekend. That’s not how rest works. An inconsistent sleep schedule leads to poor sleep, and even minor sleep deprivation damages your brain and body, which can take weeks to correct.”
Thank you for reading Reddit’s secrets to getting right out of bed in the morning. This article is inspired by the internet and does not necessarily reflect the views or opinions of Motherhood Life Balance.
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