• Ryan Calleja Urry

Struggling To Wake Up Early? Here Are 6 Ways For Students In Malta To Never Hit Snooze Again 💤🛌

We've all been there...

It's Monday morning, you were up late last night binging Stranger Things for the 4th time this semester, and your bed feels like its made of some ultra-comfortable Moroccan silk.

The pleasant dream you were having gets interrupted by the nightmare that is your alarm buzzing. Without even thinking your hand automatically reaches over to hit snooze, then again, then again, until finally you're late & the panic sets in.

Tomorrow, you'll do the same thing all over again. If only you could break out of this toxic cycle...

1. Understand Your Sleep Cycles 💤

(P.S. This one was already in our article about tips for a better school / life balance, but it deserved a place in this article too 😉)

So you know how sometimes you wake up super easily, and other times its torture?

That's because we sleep in cycles - and the only way to guarantee you can wake up easily every morning is to set your alarm to wake you up at the end of a cycle - so you aren't disturbed during a deep state of slumber.

I've been using an app called Sleepyti.me on my phone for the past 2 years - you just click "Sleep Now" and it tells the best time to set your alarm for an easy wake-up 😇

2. Post-Sleep Dehydration 💧

Although you might not always feel it, your body can get quite dehydrated after 6-8 hours of not drinking any liquids.

Keeping a bottle of water near your bed can grant you that well-needed mental clarity & sharpness to fight off the Monday morning blues when you wake up.

Also, pro-tip, drinking colder water actually wakes your body up faster, since your body exerts more energy heating it so it can be digested properly.

3. Synchronised Sleep ⏳

Humans have an internal clock, apart from waking up at the correct cycle point, it's also important to try and sleep and wake at a consistent time each day.

This makes everything easier for your body, reduces your stress levels in the morning, and allows you to get to sleep faster at night.

4. Always Out Of Reach 😅

This is an old favourite, but it works wonders. Just put your alarm on the other side of the room before you sleep, so in the morning when you wake up, you’re forced to get out of bed to turn it off.

There are also some apps for this that force you to take x number of steps to turn your alarm off - try em out 😛

5. A Musical Morning 🎶

What if you liked the sound of your alarm? Another super cool app you can download is called Mornify, it lets you make your Spotify playlists your alarms.

Whether you have the perfect relaxing vibes to wake up to, or would rather open your eyes to some of your favourite house music tracks, it works like a charm.

Just make sure you switch out the playlist every few weeks, to keep things fresh 😎

6) Start Tricking Your Brain 🧠

Your subconscious mind is powerful, it takes hundreds of breaths for you a day without you ever thinking about it, so how can you use your subconscious to your advantage? The formula works as follows: practice > habit > behaviour.

Practice makes permanent, so try this: From now on you're going to spend 5 minutes a day to try and reprogram your mind to immediately wake up when you hear your alarm.

To do this, get in bed during the day and set your alarm for 5 minutes later. As you lie down, imagine it's a Monday morning and you're about to wake up, when your alarm rings, turn it off immediately, stretch and jump out of bed with a smile.

If you start doing this regularly it'll eventually program your subconscious to do it in the morning too - give it a shot, you'll be pleasantly surprised 😉

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