How To Make Waking Up In The Morning Oh-So Easier

8 Tips To Make Waking Up In The Morning Oh-So Easier

A few tips on how you can avoid sleeping through your alarm.

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Spring semester is in full swing, and being in college means struggling to wake up for classes. If you're not a morning person but are taking morning classes this semester, you probably have trouble with getting up on time. Not only is it hard, but it's also hard to simply stay awake and be focused so early in the day. However, there are plenty of ways that you can help yourself not only wake up but also be alert and focused in your morning classes.

1. Make sure to get plenty of sleep.

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This is one of the obvious points but also the most important. If you're having trouble getting up in the morning, chances are that you're probably not getting much sleep. You always need to make sure that you're getting at least 9 hours of sleep every night. I know, easier said than done, especially if you have tons of homework.

However, when you're in college, it's best not to pull an all-nighter, no matter how tempting it may be. The safest bet is to put the homework down at least an hour before going to bed. It will help you get the rest that you need so that you can avoid falling asleep in class or sleeping through your alarm.

2. Focus on eating food that gives you energy.

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You won't always need to drink caffeine in order to wake up in the morning. There are plenty of foods that can give you the same amount of energy. Eating foods such as any type of nut, oatmeal, eggs or avocados can help you wake up the morning. This is because most of these foods have protein inside them or, in the case of avocados, contain good fats that can provide you with the energy you need to start your day. Getting in the habit of eating foods that give you energy can help you avoid struggling to stay awake in the morning.

3. Try drinking tea or coffee.

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If you haven't already, having a little caffeine can help clear any initial fog that you have in the morning. It can help you focus better in class while also helping you wake up in the morning. Try drinking coffee, black tea or energy teas which will give you the energy you need. Avoid too much caffeine from energy drinks or sugary caffeinated coffees since these can actually slow you down rather than give you energy.

4. Try going to bed at the same time every night.

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The best way to help yourself wake up early in the morning is to get in the habit of setting yourself a schedule of going to sleep at the same time every night. Planning on sleeping at the same time will help you have a full sleep cycle, and it will help you get in the routine of going to bed early every day. This also goes with waking up at the same time as well every morning.

5. Avoid skipping breakfast.

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One way to give yourself energy throughout the morning is to make sure that you eat a good breakfast! This is something that almost every college student struggles with, especially if you're busy in the morning. However, eating a big breakfast can help give your body the energy it needs to start the day. Your body needs energy in the morning to metabolize and use throughout the rest of the day, which is why it's so important to make sure you're not skipping breakfast before you head out to your classes.

6. Consider taking a cold shower.

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If you need to wake up in the morning, one thing that can help is taking a cold shower. The water doesn't have to be cold the whole time you're showering. You can take a cold shower for 5 minutes and then switch to warm water in order to wake yourself up quickly in the morning. It's a good way to ensure that you wake up and aren't starting to feel like you might doze off as soon as you finish getting dressed.

7. Wake up a few minutes earlier than planned.

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If you know that you'll have a hard time getting up right away in the morning, one way that you help yourself not sleep through your alarm is getting in the habit of waking up a little earlier than you originally planned. It will give yourself enough time to wake up and get ready to go to class. You don't need to wake up 20 minutes before you planned but at least 5 minutes is a good start for allowing yourself enough time to wake up before you need to start getting ready.

8. Try to get yourself moving in the morning.

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One great way of giving yourself some energy in the morning is by getting yourself to move around in the morning. If you stay still for too long, you could end up dozing off or run the risk of falling back to sleep. Moving around by walking around your house or going for a jog before class can help give you a little bit of energy to start your day.

If you find yourself struggling to get up in the morning, try any of these tips so that you can wake up feeling more energetic. Getting up early for classes can be hard. However, there are plenty of ways that you can get up more easily in the morning. You don't have to be a morning person in order to have a lot of energy in the morning! If you follow these tips, you'll be able to wake up on time without finding yourself late to class.

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12 Unhealthy College Habits That Never Should Have Become Normalized

No, you shouldn't have to pull an all-nighter to pass every exam.

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College is a weird time in our lives, but it doesn't have to be bad for our health. Here are some trends I've seen on social media and watched my friends practice that really never should have become a "thing" for college students in the first place.

1. The "freshman 15."

Everyone has heard of the dreaded "freshman 15," where college freshmen gain 15 pounds because of access to all-you-can-eat dining halls. Rather than eating healthier options at the dining halls or, you know, only eating until you're full and not stuffing yourself, we've just accepted our fate to gain what's really a large amount of weight. Not a very healthy mindset.

2. Eating only junk food because we're "too poor" to buy real food.

For off-campus students, the theme is ramen and peanut butter & jelly sandwiches. This is really not how it needs to be. You can buy a bunch of romaine lettuce for around $1 at the grocery store I go to in my college town, and other produce like broccoli, potatoes, and apples are always cheap. Shop sales and keep your pantry stocked on staples like dry pasta, rice, beans, and other canned vegetables. It's not that expensive to eat decently.

3. Gorging on food at the dining hall just because you can.

This is what leads to the freshman 15. Just because you can eat whatever you want doesn't mean you should.

4. Procrastinating EVERYTHING.

I'm always ahead of my schoolwork, but all of the people in my classes push things right down to the wire. It creates unnecessary stress. Just get things done in advance so you don't have to worry.

5. Being generally unorganized and struggling to keep your life together. 

Actually using my planner is one of the best things I've done for myself in college so far. I don't know why it became popular for college students to be a hot mess all the time, but again, do what you can to avoid putting unnecessary stress on yourself.

6. Pulling all nighters, ever.

If you don't understand it by midnight, you won't understand it any better by five in the morning. You'll do so much better with less studying and more sleep than the other way around. Take the L and go to bed.

7. Waiting until the very last minute to start studying for your finals.

This is what typically leads to the aforementioned all-nighters. If you have an exam in two weeks, start studying NOW. Give yourself time to figure out what you need to focus on and get in contact with your professor or a tutor if necessary. Do yourself the favor.

8. Getting blackout drunk Friday and Saturday night...every weekend.

A lot of college students like to drink. That's fine, I get it, college is stressful and you just want to have a good time. But you don't have to go out every night of every weekend and drink so much you don't remember anything that didn't occur between Monday-Friday every week. Give yourself a break from drinking every so often.

9. Getting iced coffee before class and being late because of it.

I always make sure I get to campus early if I plan to get Starbucks, which I often do. It's rude to come in late, and it's detrimental to your education to consistently miss class. Your coffee can wait if you're running late. Plan better next time.

10.  Committing to 10 different extracurriculars because "it'll boost your resume if you have more on it!"

If you only participate in one club where you're the head of marketing and the treasurer, that will look SO much better than if you participated in five clubs but were just...there for all of them. Excel in one thing rather than being mediocre in many.

11.  Skipping class whenever you feel like it.

You can take the occasional mental health day, but if you're just being lazy, you're only hurting yourself. Go to class. You're paying a lot of money for it, after all.

12.  Spending every last penny you have to go somewhere for spring break (Daytona Beach, anyone?).

"Broke" college kids always end up taking the most extravagant spring break vacations. I'm sure it's fun and you'll cherish the memories, but wouldn't you cherish that $500 more if you saved it for things you actually need rather than living off of ramen for a month when you get home?

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Honesty Is My Best Policy, For Myself And For Others

They say honesty is the best policy.

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I know that I said this before in a previous article, but I have to say it again: Everything that I have accomplished so far, I dedicate to my parents, Varno and Dawn Harris. Without them in my life, I wouldn't be where I am right now. None of my four other siblings would be where they are right now if it wasn't for them, and for that I am grateful.

The most important lesson that I have learned and go by in life is to be honest, not only to others but also to yourself. You see, my father Varno Harris taught me right from wrong and always told me honesty is the best policy. He told me it's like playing basketball. If you know that you can make the shot, then go for it. If you know you can't, then don't lie to yourself and say you can make it. Pass the ball so someone else can.

One time in intermediate school this moment happened to me. My parents have always said that I am a natural-born leader, and looking back I have shown the traits of one. I started playing tackle football in the sixth grade. My dad coached every athletic team I have been on (except high school teams). I remember one game distinctively out of every other game. I played defensive end. We were getting crushed on the right side of the line, and there was this one kid who was scared to make a tackle. Time after time we kept getting beat. I ran up to my dad and told him I could take over for the position. My dad asked me multiple times, "Are you sure you want to go in there?" Confidently, I replied yes. And sure enough, I stopped the kid multiple times and made the offense stop running the ball on my side.

At the time, I really didn't think what I did showed leadership, but as I got older I soon realized it did. This moment to me showed me being honest with myself. Not only did I believe that I could stop the runs, but also I didn't lie to myself and say that the kid could handle it.

I plan to apply this life lesson as I move forward in life as well. In college, if there is a certain subject or problem that I am struggling with, I won't lie to myself and say everything is OK. I'll find solutions to the problem and tackle them head-on. If I don't know how to do something at a job, I won't lie and say I know how to do it. I will ask and learn so I do know for next time.

The main lesson is that everybody's life should have honesty included in it. It plays a big role in everyday life and can greatly affect it. I know that it will certainly stick with me forever.

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