9 Ways to Get Out of Bed if You're Not a Morning Person
When you’re not a morning person, waking up is hard. Some might even call it impossible, agonizing, or a form of mild torture.
It’s common knowledge that most non-morning people don’t bound out of bed eager to take on the day, but if the simple act of peeling back your covers is cause for excessive whining and cursing, you may need a little help. These foolproof strategies can help you learn how to become a morning person.
1. Get a Better Night’s Sleep
This may sound obvious, but if you’re burning the midnight oil every night, you’re probably not going to be ready to rise and shine when your alarm goes off at 6 a.m. Most adults need 7 to 9 hours of sleep — so calculate what time you should ideally fall asleep, and practice proper sleep hygiene to help make that happen.
2. Put Your Alarm on the Other Side of the Room
Hitting the snooze button from a comfortable position beneath your cozy covers is a dangerous move which lets you stay holed up in your cocoon forever. Give yourself a reason to actually get out of bed — strategically place your alarm clock or phone far enough away that you’re required to stand up and walk several feet to reach it when it goes off.
Here’s the catch, though: Once you’re up, you have to stay up. Resist the urge to stumble back to bed for “just five more minutes.”
3. Give Yourself Something to Look Forward To
Use the promise of a hot (or cold-brewed!) cup of coffee, a warm shower, or 15 minutes to read your favorite blog to get you out of bed.
These may just seem like normal morning behaviors disguised as indulgences, but when you’re suddenly emerging from eight hours of sleep inertia, even the small pleasures can have a big impact.
4. Drink a Tall Glass of Water
Okay, so drinking a glass of water won’t exactly motivate you to get up, but it’ll definitely help you stay up once you accomplish the tough task of getting vertical.
Drinking enough water is a key part of maintaining a strong and healthy body. Start your day right with a big glass (or two) of water to rehydrate after seven or eight hours of sleep. Room-temperature water may go down easier, but if ice-cold H20 is your jam, that works too — nothing like a morning brain freeze to get you fired up.
5. Turn the Lights on Immediately
As soon as your eyes flutter open and the first few moments of post-sleep reality hit, turn on the light nearest to you. Exposure to light signals to your brain that it’s time to wake up — which is why everything you read about how to fall asleep tells you to put away smartphones, TVs, and tablets before you go to bed.
6. Set Your Alarm 10 Minutes Earlier
Trick yourself into feeling like more of the morning is yours. Set your alarm 10 to 15 minutes earlier than you need to, and use these precious extra minutes to take your time adjusting to being awake, rather than launching into your morning routine full-force.
Treat yourself to a little “you” time: journal in bed, scroll through your Instagram feed, read another chapter in your book, cuddle your cat, or just stare off into space if you feel like it.
7. Make Food You Can’t Wait to Get Up and Eat
The promise of a yummy breakfast can lure even the most disgruntled, disoriented person out of bed and into the kitchen. Instead of heating up bland oatmeal or grabbing a banana when you’re in a hurry, stock your pantry and fridge with healthy, flavorful breakfast foods you enjoy. Try a breakfast quesadilla, blueberry maple muffins, or a smoothie bowl.
8. Bribe Yourself With a Nap
Sometimes the only way to muster the strength to leave your warm, soft bed is to think about the next time you can get back in it.
Tell yourself you can take a quick nap at lunch if you need to. Once the day gets rolling, you probably won’t have the time or desire to nap — but in your half-awake state, this little white lie can get you moving.
9. Nap Responsibly
If you can’t possibly power through your day without a nap, the National Sleep Foundation recommends napping early in the day and limiting your naps to 20 minutes max. Longer or later naps can make it harder to fall asleep at bedtime, which (you guessed it) can make it harder to wake up the next morning.
10. Work Out Early
If you’re trying to figure out how to become a morning person, it’s probably safe to assume you’re not someone who enjoys leaping out of bed and lacing up your sneakers for a 5 a.m. workout.
11. Get Up and Meditate
When you wish you were still asleep, meditation is the next best thing — quietly resting with your eyes closed, breathing deeply, and trying to clear your mind of all its thoughts.
Meditation creates a peaceful state in which to calm your scattered thoughts, focus your energy, set your intentions for the day, and express gratitude — even if it’s only for the coffee you’re about to drink.