Tuesday, May 10, 2016

Waking Up When You Just Don't Want To

I love sleep. I really do. I don't (can't) take naps during the day, so I value my nights very much. While I usually don't stay up very late, there are still some mornings where I just can't seem to keep my eyes open and get out of bed! (Especially in the winter! Why would I want to leave my warm and cozy bed?)

Here are some tips and tricks I have come up with that make getting out of bed a lot easier for me.

Wake up to natural light // My room in my house faces the east, so it is full of natural lights. At first, this was annoying to me (especially on mornings when I could sleep in past 8:00) but now I have come to love it. Even if I don't have to wake up super early, it is still really nice to be able to wake up to natural light coming through my window than to a loud and annoying alarm!

Use a vibration alarm // One of the many, many reasons I love my FitBit is the alarm setting! It gently vibrates against my wrist until it deems me awake (aka getting up and moving around!). There is a snooze option, but I'm not really sure how it works so on one of those mornings when I try to snooze it i end up just flailing my wrist around or hitting it with my other hand, which ends up being a lot of energy so it wakes me up anyway!

Wake up how YOU want to // You read time and time again how you're not supposed to immediately check your phone when you wake up... But if that's what you want to do, I say go for it! I've been waking up that way for years. I wake up 15 minutes before I really need to, check my phone, and then the second those 15 minutes are up, I'm ready for a productive morning. I even find that this makes me check my phone less and less throughout the morning because I have already caught up on everything that needs to be checked! It's totally a personal preference though: if you want to wake up and go on a run, do it! If you can't wake up until you're in a piping hot shower, more power to ya!

Treat yo'self // Got up extra early? Showered even though you didn't want to? Made your bed? Treat yourself! Buy a cup of coffee from that place down the street. Watch one extra episode on Netflix! Reward your good behavior with a treat every now and then.

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