Anyone else hit snooze a million times before they wake up? I have to set my
alarm early just so I can get up on time because I snooze so much. But I was up a
little earlier than usual yesterday because Dave had just gotten home from a long
weekend away. We had coffee together and shared stories of our weekend and it
was wonderful. It felt like a perfect morning. Usually, Dave and I are both working
by 7am but it was so wonderful to take a little time in the morning to chat over coffee.
And Cricket was in Heaven, because she got lots of attention. So I thought I would
make an effort to wake up a half an hour earlier everyday so we can have some time
together in the morning. (Today I made it 15 minutes early, its a start right)
Here are some tips I found online about getting rid of the snooze habit.
• Place your alarm clock strategically. If you place your alarm clock across the room
or outside your door, this might force you walk to the clock to shut it off.
• Train yourself. Instead of forcing yourself to wake up, train yourself to react instantly
by practicing the motions of waking up. During the day, turn your lights off and practice
jumping out of the bed as soon as your alarm goes off. Do this repeatedly twice a day for
about 10 times until it feels automatic.
• Get an alarm clock that lights up. You can mimic waking up naturally with this
BioBrite Sunrise Clock ($134). This alarm clock will gradually glow brighter and
brighter and will act like your own mini sunrise. You will no longer be jerked awake
by jarring noises with this clock. BioBrite also has a cheaper version for $90.
• Active Work. Start your day with work that actively uses your mind. Creative
activities like writing, drawing, programming or designing work better than
passive activities like reading. By focusing your mind early you can stay focused
and brush off any unwanted drowsiness.