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Train Yourself To Wake Up In The Morning

Updated on August 30, 2017

Can't Wake Up In The Morning? We Can Help!

Do you have a hard time waking up in the morning? I believe it was Ben Franklin who said;

"Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise."

I am pretty sure this works for women too! Anyway, I am not wealthy or wise, but I do feel better when I get up early in the morning, and I feel good when I have to be somewhere in the morning and get up in time to do the things I need to do and to get ready, without running around like the proverbial chicken (with his head cut off).

Now don't feel like you are alone with your issue of having problems getting up in the morning. Millions of people around the world struggle with this, and believe it or not, I was one of them until I started using some of the tips I'm going to share with you in this article. Hopefully, some of these tips will work for you, and you can start waking up on time and feeling your best. Imagine what you could do if you could wake up an hour earlier every day?

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Basic first steps to waking up in the morning

1. The first and most important tip is to get a good nights sleep. That doesn't necessarily mean a lot of sleep but quality sleep with no distractions, a comfortable bed, and comfortable clothing.

2. Do something active as soon as your alarm goes off whether it is standing up, drinking a glass of water or getting in the shower.

3. Set your alarm clock out of arms reach, It becomes much harder to hit snooze if you can't reach the alarm. Check out this funny article about an alarm clock that every time you hit snooze you donate money to your most hated charity

4. Have a reason for waking up early if not it will be hard to find motivation to wake up.

Have A Good Reason To Get Up In The Morning

What's your passion? What gets you excited? It may sound simplistic, but the answers to these questions are great motivators to wake up in the morning. You might not be excited about going to work or school, but if you're into a craft, or exercise, or even video games, why not wake up 30 minutes early and work on that activity before you start working on things you don't want to do?

I don't know about you, but I am certainly not motivated to rise and shine if I am facing a day filled with things I don't want to do. I happen to be into exercise and a little gaming here and there, so I try to get up earlier than I need to so I can do some FUN things before I tackle the unpleasant stuff. If you work a little at this, you can trick your mind into putting aside thinking about tasks you're dreading, and just thinking about getting up to have a little fun. Get really good at it, and every day is a weekend! Okay, sort of...

Alarm clock on wheels for the real heavy sleeper

Practice waking up

Don't laugh this really works

If you want to be good at anything in life you have to practice and waking up is not exception. What do I mean by practice waking up? This is what you need to do. Setup your room or wherever you sleep just like it would be in the morning, put on the clothes that you normally sleep in and set your alarm clock for a couple minutes from now. Then crawl in bed, close your eyes like you are going to sleep and wait for the alarm to go off. As soon as it goes off sit up and get out of bed. Do this several times to get your body used to getting up as soon as it hears the alarm. I know this sounds goofy but it works.

The Sonic Boom Alarm Clock - For Those That Need A Marching Band To Wake Them Up!

Do you know the difference between a heavy sleeper and a HEAVY sleeper? For those of you who think the only difference between the two in the last sentence is the all caps, well, you have never met MRS. Kimark421 (My better half). She's a little better than she used to be, but unfortunately the "used to be" her could sleep through the Ohio State marching band performing in our bedroom.

So, what do we do when she needs to wake up and I am not there to shove her out of bed? Well, we have the "Sonic Boom Alarm Clock". Not only is this alarm clock LOUD, it shakes the bed too. I am sure there are folks out there that are heavier sleepers than the missus, but I am convinced that you would have to be in a coma for the Sonic Boom Clock to not work on you.

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Get rid of coffee to help wake up in the morning
Get rid of coffee to help wake up in the morning

Coffee and how it affects your sleep

Do you drink coffee first thing in the morning to wake up? Well you may be surprised to find out that your morning cup of joe may be the reason your not sleeping well at night. Caffeine can stay in your blood for over 12 hours and keep your body from getting the quality nights sleep it need. If you want to do a little experiment try not drinking coffee for one week and see if you wake feeling better by the end of the week. I know it sounds crazy a whole week without coffee but give it a try you'll be glad you did.

Wake Up Fail

type=snoopy alarm clock
type=snoopy alarm clock

Here's How I Got Up In The Morning Back In The Day

With a Snoopy alarm clock. You couldn't ignore this thing!!

tired people
tired people

How lack of sleep affects your health

Did you know that the amount of sleep you get at night can affect your health? Getting less than 7 hours a night of sleep greatly increases your risk of serious disease and colds but getting more than 8 hours a night disrupts blood sugar levels increasing your chance of getting type 2 diabetes. These are the more serious factors but of course you also have to think about sleepiness, lack of production and low energy levels. I guess what I am trying to say is that it is best to get 7-8 hours of sleep a night keep your body and mind healthy.

The Best Gourmet Coffee Makers

Okay, I know I told you to give up coffee, and I don't know about you,but I love it! Check out these great gourmet coffee makers or use the search box to browse at your leisure...

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      Tom Christen 4 years ago from Switzerland/Ecuador

      As said before motivation is very important to get up! Also I think a reason to get up:) I am always happy to get up because I know that soon I gonna drink my morning coffee....

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      @athomemomblog: Very cute! =P

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      meganst 4 years ago

      Motivation... if don't have a strong reason for getting up early, I never do it and sleep in. So, to force myself out of the warm, comfy bed I need to have a strong motivation, something I can't wave off with the words "Nah, it can wait a couple more hours" ...

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      katiecolette 5 years ago

      Sorry, don't have any :( I have the toughest time getting out of bed in the morning. I do get up early because I have to, but I really would rather sleep in.

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      JeffGilbert 5 years ago

      A lot of good info here. Nice lens.

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      CoolFool83 5 years ago

      I definitely struggle to get up in the morning. Really nice lense.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I have an automatic coffee maker that entices me in the morning with lovely smells.

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      rasnasah 5 years ago

      Great informative lens.

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      Genesis Davies 5 years ago from Guatemala

      I recommend having a baby. That wakes you up like nothing else. And several times during the night, too! In fact, it is currently 3 am and I'm writing this because my 10 month old is wide awake. :P

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      Jackie Jackson 5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      That's great info - thank you!

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      Justin 5 years ago from Slovenija

      I have alarm clock so far i have to wake up and stand up to set it off. This works best for me.

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      NibsyNell 5 years ago

      Yeah I'd agree with AstroGremlin: put your alarm clock far away so you're forced to get out of bed!

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      AstroGremlin 5 years ago

      Have a reason to get up in the morning -- a project or a job -- and put your alarm clock out of reach.

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      MemoryMistress 5 years ago

      Set a number of alarms to go off and drink water as soon as your up.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Setting your alarm for a couple of different times helps. Such as, setting it for 6:00 and 6:05. That way if you hit snooze, there will be another alarm to wake you up.

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      Well aside from skipping the coffee, pretty much all of the suggestions above would work for me! =)

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      Little Linda Pinda 5 years ago from Florida

      Having something exciting to do.

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      Monica Lobenstein 5 years ago from Western Wisconsin

      I had a teacher in high school who said when the alarm went off he would leap out of bed and say "It's going to be a great day!" He said it worked but I usually can't drum up enough morning energy for that. Thanks for the suggestions!

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      johnsja 5 years ago

      My son could do with some of your advice.

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      Carol Brooks 5 years ago from Florida

      When I get into bed, I tell myself what time I want to wake up, and I usually wake up right around that time.

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      David Stone 5 years ago from New York City

      I have cats. I never use an alarm clock.

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      cmadden 5 years ago

      Even when I'm up late, I will awaken to an alarm clock; unfortunately, I also awaken to a variety of sounds in the night.

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      mariacarbonara 5 years ago

      get into a routine of sleeping for exactly the same amount of time every day. The body loves routine.

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      Doc_Holliday 5 years ago

      With regular sleep my internal body clock works well. But changing time zones throws me out for a few weeks.

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      kabbalah lm 5 years ago

      I need my coffee in the morning.

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      Gloria Freeman 5 years ago from Alabama USA

      I have a problem sleeping so, I am all way up early. You don't want this.

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      Jo-Jackson 5 years ago

      The cat is my self-appointed alarm clock. He jumps on the pillow and pushes against my face until I get up. It works for me but I would rather he let the alarm clock do its job.

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      NostalgicTimes 5 years ago

      I set in multiple alarms on my cell phone (to ring every 10 or 15 minutes apart).

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      viscri8 5 years ago

      yes, I want to be trained to wake up in the mornings. As it is I am waking up mostlu during the night and then I can't sleep.

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      Jogalog 5 years ago

      My baby wakes me at the moment - I'd love to sleep instead!

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      my alarm seems to wake every body in the house but me and that's because i sleep late at night. So when i started sleeping at 8pm i wake up at 6am.

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      gottaloveit2 5 years ago

      I just leave the drapes open at night and let the morning light wake me naturally. I've never used an alarm clock. Blessed!

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      RadaFrancis LM 5 years ago

      I quit drinking coffee and any caffeinated drinks and I feel soooo much better now! I used to drink 3 cups per day and I felt like I was a slave to while while still being tired all the time. I am a brand new person and I love it.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      Oh yeah, I forgot, sometimes I ask my guardian angel to help me get up at a certain time, and wouldn't you know it, I get up right on time, to the second, any later and I would have been late! God bless.

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      Diva2Mom 5 years ago

      You have to set goals and really tell yourself you must get up and accomplish it. Routine and training that internal clock is also crucial. If you can't seem to manage it for whatever reason, seek help from friends or relatives to influence and pressure the situation enough to get back on track.

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      gamrslist 5 years ago

      i hate waking early when im in the UK its not cool well it is its always freezing but i wake early when im in Philippines morning are more inviting

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      I usually have a hard time waking up in the morning but I do try to place my alarm clock far from me.

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      sunny saib 5 years ago

      I've always been against alarm dependency. Everyone should try to get rid of this, I bet it's much healthier without them.

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      sukkran trichy 5 years ago from Trichy/Tamil Nadu

      having good reasons to wake up early and to do things is a half success on becoming an early riser. Find an interesting reason that can light a burning desire within you. automatically you will be an early riser.

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      cynthiannleighton 5 years ago

      When I've got something "important" that I might worry about whether I'd get up or not I generally set up back up alarms.

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      Ninche 5 years ago

      I have a dog who enters into my bedroom EVERY morning at 6:30, no matter what...and I put alarm on my cell phone :)

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      I set three alarms. one on my phone, one on my stove and one on my alarm clock. Getting up and going to the bathroom after drinking water through the night helps me also.

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      areamarketing 6 years ago

      Even though I hate waking up..I am always excited and feel blessed to have another day of life.

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      alicia65 6 years ago

      set my alarm early for better preparation.

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      reasonablerobby 6 years ago

      I'm up in 5 hours time, so I'll let you knw :)

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      sponias lm 6 years ago

      I hate waking up early in the morning. I always had trouble waking up early in my life. I used to have three alarm clocks. I also used to remember a cartoon with the pink panther destroying an alarm clock with a hammer whenever I heard the alarm clock and I had to get up. Fortunately, now I donât need to wake up early in the morning; I can follow my own program. Wish I had found your lens when I was young! Blessed.

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      Cynthia Davis 6 years ago from Pittsburgh

      Lots of coffee helps me start the day.

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      I have discovered this recently and it works for me an absolute treat. I have an electric heater connected to a plug-in timer. I programme the heater to come on at maximum about 30 mins before I want to get up. By the time I need to get up my room is like sauna and I don't feel like staying in my bed at all. I put on my track-suit and go out for my run. I had to share this with some people because it's really helped me.

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      greenwich lm 6 years ago

      Even though I get up early I find the alarm hard to turn off if I've has a poor nights sleep.

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      AngelDey 6 years ago

      I tried putting the alarm clock across the room. That worked at first but then I started getting up, turning it off and going back to bed. The distractions in the night are the problem for me but if I try earplugs, then I can't hear the alarm. I'm doomed. :)

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      bames24 lm 6 years ago

      I used to use an alarm but my dogs do a better job of waking me up... :)

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      Putting the alarm out of reach works wonders.

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      RascalO 7 years ago

      the worst tip I've ever had is go to be earlier. Whaaa? I'm still waiting ofr a good tip, I'll read on. Thanks.

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I'm truly horrible in the mornings. I've tried alarm clocks that run around the room on crazy wheels and alarm clocks that fly around the room like mini helicopters. I'm ashamed to admit nothing works for me...I simply like my bed too much :o)

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      MargoPArrowsmith 7 years ago

      My Dad used to always just say what time you are going to wake up. I never believed him, but now I do it and it works! Of, course, I usually wake up at 5 am, which is long before I ever have to do anything....

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Hey, I also use

      Been using this site for YEARS and years now and it always wakes me up. I don't think I'll ever need to buy another alarm clock as long as I live!

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      felixthecat12b lm 7 years ago

      Commercial Alarm Clocks Don't work for me...VOLUME IS TOOO LOW. I use a free online alarm clock ( THE SOUND IS SOOO ANNOY AND I still don't get up right away. Oye vay

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      hayleylou lm 7 years ago

      Having kids means no more lie ins :)

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      Othercatt 7 years ago

      We actually have two alarm clocks. One is in the bedroom, but it's placed across the room from the bed, so we have to get up to turn it off. And just in case we end up back in the bed, there's another alarm clock in the next room.