Not everyone is a morning person; you try, but dragging yourself into school while you’re still yawning isn’t exactly your idea of a good time. You know you need to perk up and wake up before first period of you’re going to do your best… the question is, how? The answer doesn’t have to be some complicated plan (or blowing all your money on caffeinated beverages). Crawford Academics has some great tips on how to get up in the morning, even on those dismal days when you’d rather stay curled up under the covers.
Ring The Alarm
And more importantly, move the alarm away from your bedside table. How many times have you smacked the snooze button and gone right back to sleep, only waking when you’re doomed to be late to your first class even if you rush? Set your alarm and put it across the room, so you have to get up to turn it off. Once you’re physically out of bed, it’s easier to stay standing and get going with your morning routine.
Stick To A Schedule
If you love sleeping in until noon on the weekends, I have some bad news for you: attempting to catch up on all that sleep you missed out on during the week isn’t doing you any favors. If you want to be bright-eyed and bushy-tailed for your morning classes (or at least conscious enough to take notes), you need to have a consistent sleep and wake-up schedule. Try to go to bed and get up around the same time every day — yes, even on the weekends. And if you’re out late with your friends one night, don’t hit the snooze button the next morning. It will be hard, but in the long run dragging yourself out of bed at the same hour every day will do wonders for your sleep cycle.
This serves a few purposes. Not only does the idea of a tasty and nutritious breakfast help get you out of bed (especially since getting up early enough to enjoy it is a big benefit), you can super-charge your morning by chowing down on foods that will keep you sharp and focused — at least until lunch. Go for fiber-rich foods, and try to lay off the sugar-drenched snacks that will lead you to a crash mid-class. Protein can also pump you up. And if you’re rushed in the morning, prepare your breakfasts the night before so you have a ready-made way to start the day.
Take Your Time
It takes more than a day to adjust a screwed-up sleep schedule, so do it over a period of time. Ease into your new early morning routine by moving your wake-up time back 5 or 10 minutes per day until you reach your goal. This will keep you from jarring your system, and allow your body to adjust accordingly. Before you know it you’ll be ready to face school mornings alert, focused, and ready to do your best.