You're late to work, again. No matter how much you reason with yourself, your lateness is probably due to the fact that you couldn't get out of bed. It's always unpleasant to drag yourself out of that comfy place, so here are some tips to get you out of bed quickly and help you wake up alert:
1. Assess your health
Your drowsiness in the morning might be health-related. Perhaps you need a better diet and exercise plan, or maybe you have sleep apnea. If you've been doing everything right, go to a doctor for an expert opinion.
2. Keep a drink on your bedside table
A glass of water first thing in the morning can wake you right up. For extreme cases, leaving some coffee or another caffeinated drink like Mountain Dew on your bedside table might be the thing to get yourself out of bed, though it's not exactly the healthiest.
3. 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.
4. Get an alarm clock that lights up
You can mimic waking up naturally with this BioBrite Sunrise Clock ($120). This alarm clock will gradually glow brighter and brighter and will act like your own minisunrise, so you will no longer be jerked awake by jarring noises.
5. Download this alarm app that will force you out of your bed
This ingenious alarm app called SpinMe ($2) will only turn off if you get out of bed and spin around two times. You'll be hard pressed to find anything as effective as this tool.
6. Don't drink caffeine or alcohol the night before
It takes awhile for caffeine and alcohol to get out of your system, so for a better night's sleep, refrain from imbibing these liquids the night before.
7. Try smelling salts
Smelling salts have been reviving people for hundreds of years, but you don't have to smell something distasteful. Put a bottle of a pleasant-smelling essential oil like orange, grapefruit, or mint next to your bed to sniff in order to shake yourself out of a groggy state.
8. 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 about 10 times consecutively, twice a day, until it feels automatic. Although not waking up on time might be the main reason you're late, there can be a couple of other factors involved as well. Check out these five reasons why you're late and how to avoid them.