Waking up early seems to be one of those desirable life skills you either have or you don't. Early rising is said to have a myriad advantages including better sleeping patterns, increased productivity, and a healthier diet. However, falling into the snooze-button camp doesn't mean you'll never be able to experience the joy of jumping out of bed at the crack of dawn with a smile on your face and a spring in your step. Make a step towards early starts with four fun tips that'll have you springing put of bed at the first sound of your alarm.
Set a Sweet Alarm
Listening to music is an amazing way to trigger your mind's release of the happy hormone oxytocin, so try replacing your current alarm with a song you like to simultaneously make waking up a lot more enjoyable and hitting the snooze button less likely.
Think of Breakfast
Dedicate a little time every night to prep yourself a delicious breakfast that you can't wait to devour, like a smoothie or a stacked breakfast sandwich. Having something to look forward to will make you a lot more enthusiastic to get out of bed, and the idea of missing out on breakfast due to a late start will only make you want to get out of bed more.
Start the Night Before
Setting a routine bedtime is hard when you have a social life — and Netflix shows — to enjoy, but making a point of taking time out of your evening to consciously unplug and relax can make a world of difference to your mornings.
Turn Snooze Time Into Stretch Time
Hitting the snooze out of habit? That's fine, but instead of turning over and going to sleep for another 10 minutes, use this time to stretch, check your phone, wiggle your fingers and toes, and coerce your mind and body into alertness. By the time your alarm goes off again, you'll be too awake to fall back asleep.