You hear the annoying sound of your alarm… you’re forcefully awake… it’s 7am on Monday and you have to be somewhere in two hours (most likely work)… you feel like crap and you’re grumpy… and worst, it’s cold outside… you DO NOT want to get out of the damn bed… but you have to.
Sounds familiar? Then you probably ill. You have the so-called “can’t get out of the bed syndorme” and no, it’s not a real medical illness. I just made that up. But I’m sure we’ve all been there. It’s always unpleasant to drag yourself out of the bed, so here are some tips to get out of the bed in the morning quickly, alert and feeling good:
1. Drink Cold Water Before Going to Sleep
Drinking cold water before going to sleep you will cool down your body and you’ll feel fresh while sleeping. This is important for those living in tropical countries like mine. Plus, drinking water before sleeping will cause you to need to to use the bathroom in the morning. Needing to use the bathroom will make you want to get up and prevent you from falling back to sleep. Trust me, its’s really effective. But prevent yourself from going back to bed, you might fall asleep again!
However, excess amounts of water within the few hours prior to going to sleep may cause you to wake up in the middle of the night. So at first this might be annoying, so try experimenting to find the optimal timing and quantity of water to drink prior to sleeping.
2. Open your Blinds or Curtains Before Going to Sleep
Leaving your blinds or curtains open at night will allow the sun to enter your room and wake you up. Most people (including me) have a freakin’ hard time sleeping when a room is bright. Conversely, a dark room is more conducive to sleep. The sun is a source of vitamin D, which is a natural source of energy. The sun also reminds our mind and body that it’s daytime and that we should be awake and energized. But if you’re not comfortable exposing your room outside, this is a common problem with apartments and houses close to each other, I recommend using a light colored curtains made of thin fabric instead.
Keep in mind though: if your room is too bright at night with the blinds open, it may prevent you from falling or staying asleep. If this is a problem, #4 is your solution.
3. Eat Before Going to Sleep
One of the reasons why you may feel groggy in the morning is because you’ve gone a long time since eating. A small snack before bed can help prevent this. I usually eat a low-carbohydrate, easy to digest, food such as yogurt, milk, nuts and/or cup noodles (yes, there are light noodles in Asia). Eating too much food or foods that are difficult to digest may prevent you from sleeping, so you need to experiement on this too and sorry, NO PIZZA.
4. Buy a Less Annoying Alarm Clock
I once joked to a colleague that I need an alarm clock that isn’t annoying but will mildly electrocute my feet. Just enough to make me get up, not kill me. Hey! that’s a good Kickstarter project! But while we’re still drafting the prototype, here’s a tip: get an alarm clock that won’t annoy you but will still wake you up effectively.
The sounds of most alarm clocks is miserable and can elicit feelings of anxiety in many people. I remember wanting to smash my old alarm clock every freakin’ morning. It’s a talking clock that alarms “It’s 7 o’clock AM. It’s 7 0’clock AM” then followed by the load sound of a rooster then back to reminding me it’s 7 AM, then back to the rooster again until I pushed the button. It’s so f**king annoying. The first thought in your head each day with those kind of alarm clocks is a negative one. That’s a terrible way to start the day! So try these clocks instead:
- BioBrite Sunrise Clock ($150): This alarm clock gradually glows brighter and brighter and acts like your own mini sunrise, so you will no longer be jerked awake by jarring noises. If opening your blinds is not possible, this will do.
- Sony ICFC1PJ Alarm Clock Radio ($35): This alarm clock has a Time projection with adjustable viewing angle, has a USB port for charging smartphones and you have an option to fall asleep or wake to 5 different soothing nature sounds. Very cool, right?!
If you’re wondering why I didn’t recommended any alarm clock apps, it’s because…
5. Place Your Alarm Clock Away From Your Bed
If sounds or bright light is still not effective to get you out of the bed, then place your alarm clock across the room or outside your door, this will force you to get out of the bed to shut it off. But don’t smash it okay? Having your alarm clock next your bed makes it easier to press the snooze button and sleep longer. I know this is hard too but once you are out of bed, it’s usually easier to stay up and get your day going.
6. Don’t Drink Caffeine or Alcohol the Night Before
That is my nice way of saying, NEVER F***ING PARTY ON SUNDAY NIGHT! It takes awhile for alcohol and also caffeine to get out of your system, so for a better night’s sleep, refrain from imbibing these liquids the night before.
7. Keep A Drink Beside Your Bed
You will feel groggy for the first hour or two after waking up. Feeling groggy leads to lower productivity, and means more time spent on certain tasks than is necessary. A simple glass of cold water first thing in the morning can wake you right up. For extreme cases, leaving some coffee, tea, or another caffeinated drink like Mountain Dew on your bedside table might be the thing to get yourself out of bed, though it’s not exactly the healthiest. But it will prevent you from wanting to go back to sleep.
8. Eat When You Wake Up
As mentioned above, haven’t provided your body with any sustenance for sleeping for eight hours you. A small and easy-to-digest meal in the morning will give you a boost of energy. I recommend a piece of fruit, a glass of milk, or yogurt at the very least. If you have the appetite, a full meal could be really helpful.
9. Smell Something Citrus
Smelling something salty or citrus scent have been reviving people for hundreds of years, but you don’t have to smell something distasteful. Put a bottle of a pleasant-smelling essential oil like orange, grapefruit, or mint next to your bed to sniff in order to shake yourself out of a groggy state.
10. Set Something to Look Forward To
Stimulating your mind by doing an enjoyable activity will give you energy. If you schedule it in advance, knowing that you will be doing something fun will make you more eager to get out of bed in the morning. And it doesn’t need to be epic, it could be as simple as phone conversation with a friend, reading, playing video games, a movie, or something else that makes you happy.
BONUS: Make this a routine!
Keeping a regular and consistent sleep and morning schedule helps your body get into a natural rhythm. By doing so you will begin to naturally fall asleep and wake up at the same time each day. Waking up will feel more natural and you don’t need someone to help you get out of the bed anymore.
Do you agree on my tips to get out of the bed?
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