When you’re in college, waking up to do anything can be difficult. 8am’s are excruciating, napping in the middle of the day can lead to sleeping all night, and don’t even get me started on getting up at 6am to volunteer and boost your resume. We all need sleep, sure, but too much of it, like any good thing, is bad. I have my bad days, but I like to think I’m pretty good at waking up. Here are my tips.
Don’t sleep in which is much easier said than done. I try to not sleep in past ten on any given day, including weekends. This is a must for me, because at 10am I’m scheduled to take a pill. Turn your snooze option off, so you won’t be tempted to go for “ten more minutes.” Alarms work, but what’s even better is getting your inner clock to go along for the ride. To better facilitate this, create an uncomfortable variable. Back home, I had an east(ish) facing window and no blinds, so in the mornings it would eventually just be too sunny to sleep anymore. In the swing of things I usually couldn’t sleep past 8:30 even if I had been up all night. College messed that up a little.
Eat immediately (or drink coffee or shower or work out). I am almost totally caffeine tolerant (meaning caffeine does nothing to wake me up. I’ve drunk expresso then napped.) so I don’t drink coffee, but eating always does the trick of waking me up in the mornings. I’ve heard the same about showering. Don’t daddle around in bed, even if it is super comfy. Just get up, and do it. I promise it will make things easier.
Now, a lot of waking up is mental. Don’t make excuses. Don’t lie in bed staring up at the ceiling contemplating all your life choices that let up to you having to get up so early. The alarm goes off, roll out of bed and get your blood pumping. If you think that your 8am isn’t important (which maybe it isn’t, but that’s not the point), chances are you won’t go so make it a priority. Even if it seems stupid, going to class is important. You’re paying a whole lot of money, why waste it?
I hope these helped some struggling student or anyone else. Remember, you got this!