By guest blogger Serena Piper
Journalism major at the University of Oregon. Editor-in-Chief of Her Campus Oregon. Magazine, freelance blogger, future world traveler. In her spare time, she likes to read as many books as she can, go for long drives, and peruse news websites. Hopes to one day write for National Geographic.
Sometimes having early morning classes is inevitable. No matter how hard we may try to plan our school schedules to start after noon, there’s usually always that one class that forces us to wake up early. If you push that snooze button more than once on the days of those morning classes, these tips are for you. And I’m not talking about the usual 2 or 3 cups of coffee routine.
The first tip I have, which you may not like if you’re a night owl, is to go to bed earlier! Remember those days when you were 8 years old and your parents made you go to bed when it was still light out? I’m not talking about that early, but aim to be in bed by 10. On days you have classes that start later, you can afford to go to bed later, so it only makes sense that if you have to get up early, you should go to bed early, too. It helps to put anything electronic, (including your cell phone) away and out of sight. Try reading a book, writing, whatever… you want to induce that sleepy state, and staring at anything with a bright light won’t get you there.
Next, find a source of motivation! Plan a really delicious breakfast so you have something yummy to look forward to. Cereal and toast get boring, so mix it up with yogurt and granola with a cut up banana, fruit salad with a dollop of whipped cream, a nice omelet with peppers and onions, or even scrambled eggs, bacon, and pancakes! Rewarding yourself for following through on your goal is a great way to keep repeating it.
The minute your alarm wakes you up, try to ninja jump yourself out of bed. Not literally, of course, but try to get out of bed quickly enough so that you don’t have time to think about pushing the snooze button…or worse, skipping that first class. Beat your thoughts to the punch and, like Nike says, just do it!
Another tip I’ve heard works well is chasing your alarm clock. There are alarmclocks made specifically for people who have a hard time getting out of bed in the morning and from the many reviews they’ve collected, the majority says they work! The only downside I see to this is if you live in a dorm and your roommate doesn’t have to wake up until a couple hours after you. The sound of your alarm clock leaping off your bedside table could potentially wake them up too! So, note to self: check with roommate before investing in Clocky.
Of course there are the tried and true ways of making it easier to get out of bed in the morning, such as working out right away or doing yoga, drinking a cold glass of water to jolt your system awake, or creating a feel-good pump up playlist of music you love. So try a couple methods and then stick to whatever works best for you. Maybe next term you’ll get luckier in getting afternoon classes!