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Train Your Brain to Wake Up
Posted by Joe on 7/14/2013 to Better Sleep
In fact, several groups of people have come up with intricate routines that involve hitting whatever snooze functionality is there for a certain number of times before they actually get up. The more creative types among these people have set their alarm to go off much earlier in the morning than they need it to, allowing them the luxury of hitting the snooze button for more than an hour as they gradually wake up.
If you find yourself in the category of people that have trouble getting up right away in the morning, there are several things that you can do to train your brain to tell your body to arise the very first time that you hear the alarm. If you are successful, you should end up with more solid sleep each night:
Take away your excuses for being tired: If the reason that you are not able to get up in the morning is that your lifestyle causes you to stay up too late or overeat or drink, then making the necessary changes is the first step to having your body return to its natural rhythms and sleep patterns. Breaking or limiting your bad habits should give you the extra energy to rise out of bed on the first try.
Don't bow down to Mother Nature either: If you aren't getting a good night's rest because it is too hot or too cold, go ahead and pamper yourself. You don't need to turn the heat up if you are a miser, but adding enough blankets so that you get a good night's rest is imperative.
Give yourself a little present every day: You are often the best one to understand what will motivate you to get out of bed, but having something to look forward to at a certain time in the morning every morning can be more than just a routine breaker, it can also aid in causing you to have an even happier life. The present doesn't need to be something large, just something that you will appreciate.
H20 adds life: Drinking a cup of water or non-caffeinated tea before bed may seem counter-intuitive to those who hate running to the bathroom in the middle of the night, but the key here is to drink a small enough cup that you will not be dreaming about waterfalls and the great flood. If you can do that and follow it up with another cup of water when you wake up, your body will respond better to you brain when you command it to get out of bed.