That morning boost of caffeine might be a hoax, but that's not stopping the majority of people from chugging a cup of joe first thing to jump-start their brains. If you're hooked on your morning cup of coffee, why not try these drug-free techniques?
- Sleep with your window shades open: Even if the sun is shining outside, you'll have no idea if you're sleeping in cave-like darkness. Keep your curtains slightly open and as the sun rises outside, it will gently pour in and gradually wake you up.
- Snooze on purpose: I don't know how people can wake right up after their alarm goes off. I set my alarm at least 40 minutes before I actually have to wake up. That way, I can snooze many times, and it gets my body and mind used to the idea that soon I'll have to get out of bed.
- Exercise in the morning: If you can, set your alarm even earlier so you can wake up and go for a walk, jog, or pop in a fitness DVD. Or you can even stretch in bed. By doing something you want to do, you won't be so aggravated about having to wake up.
- Stop eating two hours before you lie down at night: Not only is this good for sleeping, but when you wake up your hungry belly will inspire you to get up and fill it with some yummy breakfast.
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- Avoid caffeinated beverages, alcohol, and spicy foods late at night: They'll prevent you from getting to sleep at a decent hour and may wake you up in the middle of the night, so when it is time to wake up, you won't feel rested.
- Get to sleep an hour or two earlier: Get this — you may be tired in the morning because you're not getting enough sleep. I don't mean to be sarcastic, but not everyone needs eight hours. Some need less and some need more.
- Avoid taking naps during the day: If you take a power nap in the late afternoon, you won't feel tired when it's bedtime. Then you'll fall asleep much later and if you have to wake up early, won't get a full night of sleep. It's a vicious cycle.