Monday mornings and alarm clocks. When you hear those words, do you flinch and wish those things never existed? Are you in denial that you actually have a regular job and have to drag yourself out of bed in the morning? Do you lay in bed on Sunday nights, especially, and dread the next morning rather than going off to dreamland in peace?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, you likely have an intimate relationship built with your snooze button. Ah, yes. Your good friend, the snooze button, reminds you every seven to nine minutes that it is time to get your butt out of bed and get your morning going.

If you are one of those who gets along really well with the snooze button, fear not. There are things you can do to turn yourself into a morning person and start your day off on a good note. It may take some time for you to get yourself to convert from a night owl to a morning person, but it can be done. You’ll find that when the transformation occurs, you are actually more productive in the early morning hours than you thought you ever would or could be.

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Say Goodbye to Snooze

Although you have developed quite a good relationship with the snooze button up until this point, it is time to let it go and pretend it doesn’t exist. This may seem heartless to your sleeping head, but it is a necessary step in the process. Don’t, however, replace the snooze button with additional alarm clocks set at different times. Make sure you are working with just one clock. in order to make yourself get out of bed, place it on the other side of the bed from you, or clear on the other side of the room. If you make yourself get out of bed to turn the alarm clock off, you will likely not head back to bed.

Keep in mind that it is extremely difficult to get out of bed in the morning if you didn’t get enough sleep to begin with. That is when people search out the snooze button without fail. If you make sure you are getting enough sleep, whether it’s eight or ten hours, you will likely not need your snooze button or your alarm.

Go to the Bathroom
After you turn off your one alarm, do not allow your legs to walk you back to bed. Take control and force yourself to walk into the bathroom. If you make yourself wash your face and hands, you will likely wake up. Probably not immediately, but enough to not want to go back to bed. There is no excuse for not going to the bathroom. If your brain and bladder are saying you don’t need to go, then drink some water before you go to bed at night so that you can. Unless you are extremely dehydrated, you will have the urge to use the bathroom when you wake up.

Turn on the Lights
Often times, bright lights will wake you up. Don’t blind yourself, but certainly turn on the lights and/or open your windows. The light from outside, especially if it isn’t winter time, will help your brain wake up. During the winter, when it is still dark outside when you get up, it is important to turn on lights so that you can start to exit sleep mode and transition into daytime. The fresh air should signal your brain to wake up.

Turn on Sound
It is helpful to hear sound in the house to help you wake up. It is usually helpful to turn the radio or television on. Be aware, however, that if the radio or TV station lands on a talk show that is broadcasting something controversial, you may get mad right off that bat, and that would only add to your anger and frustration. If that is the case and you cannot stand the people on the radio or morning TV shows, then turn on some music that you actually like. Try to find music with upbeats so you don’t feel the urge to go back to bed. If you are listening to soft, classical music, you may end up hearing the bed call you, which is not a good thing.

Create a Routine
You will find it easier to get out of bed in the morning and go about your day if you establish a routine in the morning. If you do the same thing everyday, your body and brain will thank you for it. You will know exactly what to expect and you will not feel frazzled if you are running behind. The routine, when it becomes second nature, will be extremely helpful in getting you out of bed and get you going. Be aware, however, that sometimes, routines are broken and you’ll have to have a Plan B or C to contend with. With the awareness, however, you will find yourself functioning more positively in the mornings.

As you step from denial to reality and start to create a morning routine for yourself, keep in mind that the last friend you want is the snooze button. You need to get over the late nights and make sure you get yourself to bed at a decent hour and get yourself out of bed as soon as that alarm clock rings the first time. Don’t wait until the second or third time. Although the snooze button seems to be a good friend at the time, in the long run, it can get you into more trouble than you ever anticipated. Just say no to snooze buttons and establish an efficient routine for your mornings instead.