If you're ready to stop hitting the snooze button there are some things you'll need to do. It can be easier to get up in the morning if you get a good night's sleep. However, there are tons of things stacked against you when it comes to getting to sleep and sleeping throughout the night.
If you have children, no matter how old or young they are, they can make a full night of sleep nearly impossible, at least sometimes. Technology has tricked our brains into thinking that days are longer than they are, because of the bright screens. Busy lives just keep us moving more and resting less.
If you're having trouble waking up in the morning without hitting the snooze button, here are some tricks that should help you.
Work Up to It
Like any addiction, if you have a snooze button addiction you don't want to go cold turkey. The key is to start going to bed with the intention of avoiding the snooze button. If you make a mistake, don't beat yourself up about it.
Start moving your clock a little farther away from the bed each night. This will make it more difficult to reach the snooze button and go back to sleep.
Keep Your Clock Out of Reach
Once you've gotten it at the farthest arm-length reach, just move it out of reach completely. If you have to get up to shut off the clock you'll be more likely to skip the snooze and just stay up.
You don't have to permanently keep your clock on the other side of the room, but keep it out of reach until you no longer have a desire to hit that snooze button.
Go to Bed Earlier
Pick a specific time to go to bed at night and get up in the morning. You need to get on a regular sleep schedule. It doesn't matter if it's the weekend or a holiday, stick to that schedule and you won't need the snooze button.
There are different ways to find out how much sleep you need each night. You can find sleep time recommendations online, catered to your age and sex. You can talk to your doctor. Or you can even test yourself by seeing how long you naturally sleep without an alarm to wake you up.
Keep Tech Out of the Bedroom
Shut down your tech. If you have a television in your, move it out of there. Leave your phone in the other room, or at least across the room if it doubles as your alarm clock.
Studies have shown that the blue light emitted from tech devices tricks your brain into slowing down, and even sometimes stopping, the production of melatonin. Melatonin is needed to help control human sleep patterns.
Let the Light In
There is a time when light can help you out though. If you want to get up faster when morning arrives, and be less apt to click snooze, make it a point to let daylight come in when it's time to get up. Darkness helps you sleep, daylight helps you wake up.
Consider having a light installed in your bedroom that is set on a timer that comes on when it's time to wake up. There are also solar alarm clocks that emit light that mimics sunshine.
Kick Pets and Kids Out of the Bedroom
Your bed should be a sacred place for sleep. Don't work in bed, don't watch TV in bed, and don't make your bed the family gathering place. Sleeping with children and pets can seriously mess up your sleep schedule.
There are times when your child will have a nightmare and want their parents, just don't make a habit out of it. When it comes to pets, shut the cat out of the room and consider crate training your dog.
Wake Up With a Mission
If you have something to get up for it can make it much easier to make a quick exit from the bed. Even if it's your day off, come up with a plan for the next day before you even go to bed at night.
Dog owners are more likely to get up easily in the morning because they need to let the dog outside. Parents do it because they need to get the kids ready for school. Just don't go back to bed when the deed is done.
You can defeat the snooze button monster. Just do what you can to get a good night's sleep and it will be much easier to get out of bed each morning.