Are you a morning person? You know, the type of person who will get up with the sun, and has no problem climbing out of their snuggly warm bed.
I consider myself a only-on-weekends morning person. Occasionally I'll sleep in, but for the most part I dislike sleeping for most of the morning because I feel like it wastes the day. Come weekdays, I just can't get out of bed!
If you have the same problem, I present to you: eight ways to get out of bed when you just can't.
If you're the type of person who just keeps hitting snooze, put your alarm clock or phone on the other side of the room. That way you have to get out of bed to actually turn off the alarm, and once you're out of bed, stay out!
Wake up time.
I set my alarm to go off twenty minutes before I have to get up. I really love doing this, because it gives me time to just lie in bed and scroll through Instagram, read a bit, or work on a blog post. It's a way of 'relaxing' before starting a busy day.
Don't stay in the dark.
Whatever you do, find some source of light when you wake up! It can be tempting to lay back down in the dark for just five minutes, but you can easily fall asleep (and be late!). Natural light is best, but even turning on your bedroom light is better than the dark.
Look forwards to the day.
A few years ago, I got into the habit of finding something to look forwards to every day. Whether it be your favourite school subject, your favourite meal for dinner that night, or if you're doing something exciting after school/work, having something to look forwards to can make getting out of bed easier.
Wake up or pay.
iCukoo is a great app for the people who have a love hate relationship with their snooze button. It wakes you up, and every time you press snooze, it donates money to Comic Relief. Charities are getting money, or you're getting out of bed. Either way, somebody wins.
Stop the Alarm.
SpinMe is another great app. It'll set you back three dollars, but totally worth it. The only way you can turn off your alarm is by standing up, and spinning around with your phone in your hand. You're out of bed, you're dizzy, and you definitely aren't getting back in bed.
It can be hard, but exercising as soon as you get up has serious benefits. A bit of stretching, yoga, or a run or jog is the best possible start to a day.
Don't just sleep, sleep well.
Sure, you can't plan exactly if you'll get a good nights sleep or not, but there are things you can do to help you sleep better. Don't use technology (phones, iPads, anything with a screen) for an hour before you go to bed, as the light from the screen can trick your brain into thinking it's daytime which keeps you awake. Don't have a heavy meal right before you go to bed, and stay away from caffeine! Don't spend half the night reading or scrolling through social media, because you will have no energy the next day. Unless, of course, you are one of those people who can survive on two hours of sleep a night. We envy you.