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Cranky in the Morning?

I am a morning person, but not everyone is. Many of my friends hit snooze until that last possible second and then drag themselves out of bed. Does this sound like you? If so, besides your morning cup of coffee, give these techniques a try.

  • Sleep with your window shades open: Even if the sun is shining outside, you'll have no idea if you are sleeping in cave-like darkness. If you keep your curtains slightly open, as the sun rises outside, it will gently pour into your bedroom and gradually wake you up.
  • Snooze on purpose: Set your alarm at least 40 minutes before you actually have to wake up. That way, you can snooze and get your 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 get up and go for a walk, or jog, or pop in a workout DVD. By doing something you want to do, you won't be so aggravated about having to wake up.
  • Stop eating 2 hours before bedtime: Not only is this good for sleeping, but it's a great tip for maintaining your weight. So when you wake up, your hungry belly will inspire you to get up and fill it with breakfast.

Want to know what else may help? Then

  • Avoid caffeinated beverages, spicy foods and alcohol late at night: They'll prevent you from getting a sound sleep so you'll end up waking up tired.
  • Get to sleep an hour or two earlier: You may be tired in the morning because you're not getting enough sleep.
  • 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 and your sleep patterns will get out of whack -- It's a vicious cycle you don't want to start.

Dear's Advice: If you're not a morning person, there's really nothing you can do to change that - it's part of your personality. Hopefully some of these tips can help make your mornings a little less traumatic. Be sure to let me know if there are any other tips that have worked for you and together we can conquer the mornings!!

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artfashionmusic7 artfashionmusic7 10 years
Not a morning person at all!! UNLESS..if i have somethin 2 wake up 4..that im really reallly excited about!!! :D yea i have no trouble getting out of bed. :D but i do like early early mornings like at 3 4 5 am. :D idk...the sky is sooo pretty! :D
JBlondie JBlondie 10 years
I am not a morning person. I am normally one of the most bubbly talkative people you will ever meet but if you talk to me in the first 30 min I am up, I will snap a you or won't talk at all. I have been trying so hard for the past couple months to get up and work out before I go to hasn't happened yet.....I think I am going to try putting my alarm clock in my bathroom, turned up very loud so I actually have to drag my lazy butt out of bed and walk into the bathroom to turn off the alarm. We will see if this works :)
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I tried the setting my alarm 40 minutes before i want to wake up this morning...and i couldn't go back to sleep! haha, i eventually did, but then turned off the correct alarms and overslept by an hour and 15 minutes...when ihave normally been getting up haha (i wanted to try getting up earlier) anyways. I will try again tomorrow!
nefertiti nefertiti 10 years
I used to think I wasn't a morning person, I would be wide awake all night and I'd drag myself out of bed the next morning. Then I tried "correcting" my sleep pattern and now I'd gladly wake up in the morning! But these tips are great! They'll definately make my mornings even better, esp waking up to workout!
pink_magnetism pink_magnetism 10 years
I'm not a morning person. Luckily for me, most of the people around me all know that!
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
oh i need to curtains are a light color, and only moderately thick...IO keep my blinds open but pull my curtains shut almost all the the mornings, if i get up to go to the bathroom and it is starting to get light outside, it does make it hard to go to sleep, but when i wake up again i am more awake...great tips dear! haha, i was going to buy an eye mask to sleep in, but think i will refrain...well, i might for when i have a migraine, but aside from that i shan't.
quietone84 quietone84 10 years
I am definitely going to try these! Now all I need is an alarm with a snooze button...
Beaner Beaner 10 years
I wish I could get up with my honey and sit at our breakfast nook and eat muffins while we read the morning paper. Too bad we don't have a brekfast nook! Ha.
Fashion Fashion 10 years
Thanks for the tips! I am certainly a cranker in the morning - do NOT talk to me and Jackie O shades mask my morning disdain. I will try a couple of these; it really helps to have a pet who is waiting to go out to go potty too. ;) xo
summer-roberts summer-roberts 10 years
I don't get out of bed until I have hit snooze at least twice (20 min). If you want to get up earlier I suggest adjusting your sleep time in 15 min increments, this works wonders to change kid's sleep schedule. When I wanted to start getting up an hour earlier to exercise it did not work to set my alarm an hour earlier, my body rebelled. I started by going to bed 15 min earlier than my norm and setting the alarm for 15 min earlier. Then adjust by 15 more minutes every third day. So it would be 15 min the first 3 days, then 30 min teh next 3 days and so on until your body has adjusted. Do shorter workouts until you are getting up early enough to do the whole hour.
ClassicsDiva ClassicsDiva 10 years
I lure myself out of bed with food. For most of the day, I try to eat pretty healthy, but I allow myself to eat whatever I want for breakfast. Fresh-baked banana bread. Brownies. Cocoa Puffs. Whatever it takes. I literally bribe myself, saying, "Okay, if you get out of bed now, you can chocolate chip cookies and milk. You know you want it. Go!" Not necessarily a healthy option, I know, but it does the trick.
JazzieShake JazzieShake 10 years
I am totally not a morning person. When I was in college all of my classes started at 11 and later. What I do to make my mornings easier and put some pep in my step is get ready for work listening to music. I put on a CD, whatever I feel like listening to, and keep that on until I eat breakfast. At that time, I just chill out, relax, and eat before leaving for work. This makes me loosen up more in the morning and gets me going and out the door. I hope this helps b/c it definitely helps me.
talrocks talrocks 10 years
I love my snooze button!!! I have to have it, sometimes I won't even remeber the first couple of times that I have hit it. And unually after a couple of monthes of hearing the same snooze alarm it starts to not wake me up as well. So I have to change the tune so I will actually wake up.
paulinhadrp paulinhadrp 10 years
I am not sure I would ever wake up and be able to workout in the morning since I am so cranky in the morning. But thanks for all the tips. I'll keep that in mind.
d_ford d_ford 10 years
I'm with clairent. I have such a problem waking up at 7am during the week, but on the weekends, with no alarm, I get up on my own around 7-7:30am. I really think it's because I don't want to go to work so my body rebels. The best advice for a better and more rested sleep is to drink lots of water, get regular exercise, eat right and get to bed at a decent hour. All those things can be a challenge to do at once, but it really, really works. When I do all these things, I feel better in the mornings and it's not such a struggle.
AlecksNWondrland AlecksNWondrland 10 years
OMG i've been trying to get up at 5 am for the past two weeks so i can go running. Since i just moved farther away from work I have to wake up an hour earlier than I used to. I've come to the conclusion that it is just not possible for me to actually get up before 6:30 regardless of how early i go to bed. *sigh* Anyone have any really good tips??
Rubita Rubita 10 years
Grr, I've struggled with this my entire life! Once my eyes open and I'm conscious, all is fine - tons of energy. The prob is that my body wants 10 hours of sleep, and I can't wake up earlier (I just won't hear the alarm). It's really bad, I used to 'sleep walk' to my alarm clock in the middle of the night and add on a few extra hours! Only solution I know to get up in under 10 hours it to have boyfriend/friend/roommate call or physically wake me up. This actually really sucks, and I really thought that by 27 I'd have outgrown it!
Greggie Greggie 10 years
My favorite part of the exercise advice is "by doing something you want to do, you won't be so aggravated about having to wake up." But I don't WANT to exercise. *lol* It's good advice, I just think that for me it would make me even less likely to roll out of bed.
millarci millarci 10 years
I really REALLY wish I was a morning person, but I'm just not. I have to agree with Greggie. I think the snooze one won't work. I've never used the snooze button during the work week anyway. It's a bad habit to get into. The excercise tip probably wouldn't work for me. I like excercising in the late afternoon, so I go to sleep much easier. I get really tired working out, so if I did it in the morning, I'd be sleepy. All the other tips are great. :)
Feesje Feesje 10 years
When I wake up the first thought that enters my mind is: "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I want more sleep!" Snoozing is a quick fix for that, but it would definitely make my mornings less stressful if I would just get up right away. I just can't resist my bed. :(
Greggie Greggie 10 years
I completely disagree with the snooze one as a recommendation for most people - all that does is make your body go through very light sleep cycles, which doesn't allow full rest and in the long run is MORE likely to make you cranky. I do it for a snooze or two at most, but 40 minutes is a disaster waiting to happen. It can work for some, but overall it's not a recommended way to ease moodiness.
rubialala rubialala 10 years
I am a morning person.
cravinsugar cravinsugar 10 years
I only fel rested if I snooze for an hour and a half. I wake up ina good mood, but just have real problems waking up, period. every monring i set my alarm for 6 so i can start my new workout plan, etc, and every morning i wake up for real at 7:30, rush around, and thinka bout how i wish i could have worked out that morning...:-(
ThePerfectScore ThePerfectScore 10 years
OMG I set my alarm way early just so i can press the snooze!!! it's like I'm stealing sleep... and makes me feel more rested.... some ppl will aruge that sleep studies show continuous sleep is better for your body.... but I disagree... Give me my darn SNOOZE!
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