Tuut, tuut, tuuut, it is your alarm clock again… You tell yourself ‘a little longer’, and snooze your alarm clock. After half an hour you wake up, you still feel tired but now it is really time to get up. Many people have trouble with getting up, even when they had plenty of sleep and went to bed early. How can you wake up active and make sure you will sleep on time?
Tips for getting up
1. Structure for a month
Structure is important if you want to get up on time. Sleeping everyday around the same time causes habitation. Hold on to the same sleep/wake cycle for a month. Your body will get used to this pattern and because of this getting up will become easier. You also can put your alarm clock further away from your bed, now you have to get up to turn your alarm clock off. By getting up to turn your alarm clock off you train yourself to get up quicker and stop snoozing.
Snoozing does not work: when you are snoozing you don’t rest. Also you make it even harder for yourself to get up.
3. Turn the light on
Especially in the winter time it can be hard to get up. When you have to wake up it is dark outside and because of this you already wake up tired. This is because your body produces melatonin when it is dark, but not when there is light. Melatonin helps you to fall asleep. Because of this, it is important to turn on the light directly when you are getting out of bed.
4. Go to bed in time
Of course, it is also important to get a good night’s rest. You can achieve this by going to bed early, since a lot of people find it hard to fall asleep immediately. This can be caused by using the devices like, smartphone, laptop or tablet. In ‘Virtual Sleeping’ we tell you more about this problem.
5. Train your brain by reading
As a follow up of tip 4, reading a book before you go to sleep can also help you to fall asleep easier. If you are reading everyday before going to sleep, your brain will associate reading a book with falling asleep. Also negative thoughts will reduce, because of that you can sleep better, and faster!