Stop Hitting Snooze—Here Are 16 of the Best Ways to Wake Up

Updated 12/11/18
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Jenna Peffley for MyDomaine

We would all be morning people if waking up wasn’t so hard. No one wants to war with the snooze button every morning, but sometimes it is necessary. It’s time to break the habit, and we have some helpful tips. Nothing can improve your morning if you are reckless at night. The oldest trick in the book is to go to sleep earlier, but there are dozens of other factors that can prevent a proper night’s rest.

For example, caffeine after dark is almost never a good idea, and the same goes for alcohol; even if a drink helps to make you tired, it will not help you stay asleep the whole night. Also, screens can keep your mind awake even as your body begs for sleep. A routine can be just as effective at helping you fall asleep as it can be to help you rouse the next morning.

Check out our tips on the best ways to wake up and begin your transition to being a morning person immediately.

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Know your body’s rhythm. Sleep cycles are reported to happen in 90-minute intervals, but everyone’s circadian rhythm is different. If your cycle is exactly an hour-and-a-half, then you may want to consider moving your alarm up so you won’t wake up in the middle of your cycle, which can make you groggy.
Use your bed only for sleep. When we watch TV or do work while lounging in bed, we train our brains to no longer associate it with sleep. That will make it significantly harder for our minds to quiet when we actually want to fall asleep.
Turn on the lights. It may be momentarily painful, but a great way to wake up is to let in the light. Opening windows is a pleasant way to do this, but if it’s overcast or you are up before the sun, you may need to just flick on the fluorescents.

Make your bed. Start your day off right by completing at least one task: making your bed. You will feel accomplished and it will reduce the temptation to lay back down.

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Don’t hit snooze. This seems obvious, but you have to put your mind to it. If you do hit snooze, don’t use it to sneak in a few more z’s. Instead, use it as personal time to scroll through social media. Then when your alarm goes off again, you will really be ready to get up.
Use a good song as your alarm. Obnoxious alarms may wake you up, but it may also put you in a bad mood. Try updating the sound to a song you like or a different, less annoying noise.
Change your alarm infrequently. Sometimes our brains get so used to something we stop noticing it. This happens too often with our alarms. Update yours occasionally to be sure you never sleep through it again.

Reward yourself. A little incentive goes a long way. After you successfully get out of bed, take a few minutes to read your favorite blog or stop by your favorite coffee shop.

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Drink water (before coffee). Fatigue is often just a symptom of dehydration. Fix that first thing by drinking a glass of water. Then you can indulge in caffeine, which has other benefits for waking you up.
Eat a protein-rich breakfast. It is always better to eat something rather than nothing, but since we are splitting hairs, eating too many carbs will get you virtually nowhere. Eat protein to get real, lasting fuel for your day.
Make morning appointments. Your morning schedule does not have to be hectic in order to get you out of bed at a reasonable time. By leaving all your obligations to the afternoon, you will have no incentive to get up and your day will be half-wasted by the time you do.

Do some exercise/yoga. Yoga is a perfect, low-impact way to get your blood pumping. Easy calisthenics like jumping jacks and squats are also effective.

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Wake up at the same time every day. It turns out that by choosing to sleep in on the weekends, we are actually sabotaging the rest of our mornings. Keep your alarm at the same time every day and waking up will be easier on weekdays too.

Get some fresh air. Don’t underestimate the effect of a moment with mother nature. A deep breath of fresh air can be just the thing that your tired brain needs before getting to work for the day.
Use essential oils. These concentrated oils come in a spectrum of flavors with a variety of uses as well. Herb and citrus oils are great for stimulating blood flow to your brain, which is extremely effective at waking you up.

Get some fresh air. Don’t underestimate the effect of a moment with mother nature. A deep breath of fresh air can be just the thing that your tired brain needs before getting to work for the day.
Use essential oils. These concentrated oils come in a spectrum of flavors with a variety of uses as well. Herb and citrus oils are great for stimulating blood flow to your brain, which is extremely effective at waking you up.

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