The majority of us make use of an alarm clock for help, so that we get to wake up on time, to get ready for work. However, there are those of us that have the tendency to keep sleeping even with the help of this alarm clock, because when it goes off, we just hit the snooze button and go back to sleep. There are also times when the sound that comes from our alarm clock is inaudible. Below are a few tips for making sure you successfully wake up when your alarm clock goes off.
Go For A Retro Alarm Clock
The problem with modern alarm clocks is that they tend to make a sort of “beeping” sound, and for some of us, this sound is simply not enough. A more effective solution is a classic, traditional or retro alarm clock, one that generates a much louder sound, as a tiny metal part that looks like a mallet hits the two metal bells on either side. Plenty of stores still sell these, or you could find one using eBay.
Consider A Second Alarm Clock
In the event that your first alarm clock fails to wake you up, “Plan B” will kick in and attempt to get you to wake up, so you will not be late for work or school. The great thing about these alarm clocks is that they are more cost-effective, and work differently from classic alarm clocks. Determining which one works better (between this and your retro alarm clock) better should also not be a problem, as you have both.
Hide Your Alarm Clock, Or Set It High Up Somewhere
This is a very effective method for those that are using a retro alarm clock. The idea behind hiding your alarm clock (or getting your roommate, girlfriend, boyfriend or spouse to hide it) is that it will take you a while to find the annoying noise-making device, and by the time you find it, you are already awake and alert, especially if it takes you a while to find it. Setting it high up on a shelf could work just as well, especially if you will need to drag a chair just to get to the alarm clock. By the time you reach it, your blood is already pumping and your lungs are full of air.
Start Jumping and Stretching
Once your alarm clock goes off and you switch it off, get up and start jumping up and down. This should wake your body up and get rid of any feeling of wanting to go back to sleep. It also makes sense to begin stretching, to wake your body up even further. After this, consider heading straight to your treadmill or stationary bike, and then do a 10 to 20-minute exercise. Make this a habit and you will also be able to enjoy the benefits of exercising in the morning.
If you sleep early, you will also be likely to wake up early. Sleeping at around 8 to 9 AM is ideal, if you wish to be awake by about 5 AM. By the time you wake up, you will have gotten 8 to 9 hours of sleep. However, you might want to consider the “magic number” of 7, or getting 7 hours of sleep each night. Experts say that this is best for the heart and body, and less or more than 7 hours is not good.
Drink Something Hot
Consider drinking hot tea in the morning, but make sure that it is not too hot that it burns you. If its temperature is just “hot enough”, it should wake your body up and leave you alert as you get ready for school or work.
Practice Makes Perfect
If you make it a habit to wake up at a certain time in the morning, your body will get “conditioned” to do this. Say, you wish to wake up at around 5:30 AM each day. If you start making it a habit by sleeping at around 9 or 10 PM, then you will be likely to wake up at 5:30 AM each day.
Making it a habit to wake up early can take some getting used to, but remember that this is exactly what you are trying to do: make it a habit – or a lifestyle, even – to wake up early. Individuals such as politicians are among the individuals that are known to wake up early, and individuals that sleep and wake up early are known to be healthier, overall, not to mention more successful. It all makes sense: waking up when the alarm clock goes off shows self-discipline, and those that get work done early are able to get more things done, be more productive, and finish with work earlier. Getting to work early is also likely to work in your favor, if you have been looking forward to a promotion. It’s all about conditioning, practice, and making waking up early part of your daily routine.