Stop hitting “snooze” in the morning

By Casey Frye, CCNN Writer

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If this is you every morning, you’ll definitely want to follow these steps!

If you find yourself hitting the snooze button ten times too many in the morning, there are a few steps you can take to wake up refreshed. Namely, go to bed early, turn off all electronics before hitting the sack, let in the morning sunlight, and give your brain time to warm up at the day’s start.

More times than not, waking up groggy is a sign of sleep deprivation. Going to bed earlier will ensure more hours of rest.

That does not mean simply crawling under the covers with a phone or tablet; light from these devices can actually mess up your circadian rhythm – an internal clock aligned with day and night. Ease your way into an earlier bed time by lying down 15 minutes earlier than usual on the first night, 30 the second, 45 the third evening, and so on.

When it comes time to rise, don’t be so quick to jump out of the covers. Instead, give the brain about 5 minutes to warm up and prepare for the day. A good way to help out is with a warm stream of natural sunlight to convince your circadian rhythm the day’s here and waiting.

If all these steps are done correctly, you’ll be turning off the alarm before it’s had a chance to buzz more than a few seconds.

Featured image courtesy of Pavel Ševela on Wikipedia. Image of tired sleeper courtesy of bark on Flickr.