DAYLIGHT SAVINGS: Tricks to Waking Up in the Morning

Mar 11, 2013 -- 4:01pm

Over the weekend, most of us – hopefully – moved our clocks forward an hour.

This is exciting because it means it will stay lighter for longer each day, which should help our moods.

The bad news is we “lost” an hour of sleep – and getting up in the morning might be tough right now.

If this is the case, here are some tricks to waking up refreshed and ready each morning:

  • Simplify Your Mornings – Take some pressure off yourself by trying to do only the bare minimum in the mornings. Get as much done before you go to bed so you’re not scrambling when the alarm rings.
  • Power Down Wisely – Turn off all computers and TVs at least an hour before you crawl into bed. This lets your brain start winding down, which will lead to more restful sleep.
  • Bright Lights – You can quickly train your body clock by blasting your brain with bright light first thing in the morning. It won’t take long for your body clock to accept your wake-up time.
  • Challenging Snooze Button – If all else fails and you’re still hitting the snooze button often each morning, move your alarm clock to the other side of the room. Take things to a new level by setting a second alarm even farther away. (
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