How to motivate yourself to get out of bed earlier

Tuesday, 27th March 2018, 17:17 pm
Updated Tuesday, 27th March 2018, 17:17 pm

Getting out of bed in the morning and resisting the allure of the snooze button can feel like a task of Herculean proportions to some.

Try these practical tips and tricks to give yourself the edge in your morning battle.

Eat and drink smart

Avoid eating directly before bed time - as your body goes through the process of breaking down your evening meal it can keep you up at night and make your morning rise that little bit harder.

Protein-heavy meals are particularly difficult for your body to breakdown, so consider cutting down on the muscle builder in the evening.

In the morning when you rise a glass of water can replenish any youlost in the night through sweating and improve your metabolism - consider putting a full cup of water by your bed before you go to sleep.

Step away from tech before you sleep

It can be difficult to resist one final scroll of Twitter, Facebook, or Instagram before you go to bed - but distancing yourself from tech for an hour before you go to sleepimproves your sleep hygiene and will ensure that you get a better night's sleep

Distance yourself from temptation by keeping your smartphone, or your laptop away from your bedside table.

Buy a Lumie

The Lumie bodyclock simulates dawn and gradually wakes up users with increasing light.

This is a pleasant alternative to the buzzing alarm clock and can help to reduce grogginess caused by sleep deprivation.

Download the app Wakie

Tried everything and looking for a more radical solution? Try Wakie.

The app is essentially a long-distance wake up call - fellow app users from across the world call you via the app and tell you to wake up, before engaging you in a conversation which can last up to a minute.

The app has been installed over 1 million times and has an average rating of 4.2 out of 5.

Move your alarm across the room

It's a simple solution, but it's one that forces you to get out of bed.

Set your alarm - ideally an hour before you got to bed - and place it the other side of the room.

Make your alarm, as loud and rousing as possible, to ensure you're suitably woken.

Get enough sleep

It seems obvious, but this point can't be emphasised enough.

If you're unable to kick your evening habit of watching Netflix in bed until one in the morning, your addiction to the snooze button isn't going to subside.

Try and be disciplined and aim for 7-to-8 hours of sleep a night.