This blog is written by Lacey, our campus ambassador from Minnesota State University, Moorhead!
I have had a major problem lately: Oversleeping. It’s a horrible habit that I’m developing considering that I’m usually chronically early for everything. The worst part about oversleeping is that it totally throws my day off because I have to rush to get wherever I need to go.
Here are some tips to keep you on time, and lessen the stress in your life.
- Get consistent sleep. Most people would say it’s important to get 6-8 hours of sleep, EVERY NIGHT. But, I recently read online that it’s actually more important to go to bed at the same time and wake up at the same time everyday. Studies show that not everyone needs exactly eight hours. Start by setting your bedtime at the same time each night. For example, plan to go to bed at 11pm each night, and set your alarm for the same time every day, including weekends. (I know, sleeping in rules!) Supposedly, you’ll wake up feeling more rested and happier if you are consistent in your sleep habits.
- Have an alarm. And a backup alarm. I typically use my cell phone as an alarm clock, but one will learn that after your phone dies in the middle of the night, it’s not so reliable. Try to also have an alarm clock backup for your normal alarm. If you use an alarm clock that plugs in, also set your phone or have an additional alarm that runs off of batteries. Better safe than sorry!
- Check out what types of alarms are available. There are awesome alarms out there with cool snooze functions- for example; I have an alarm app on my phone that makes you do a math problem to snooze it. This way, your brain has to wake up to turn it off. Plus, you’re giving yourself a mini-math lesson each day!
- Put your alarm on the opposite side of the room. If you put it too close, the snooze button will be too accessible. If you put it across the room, you’ll have to get up to turn it off, and that’ll get you out of bed.
- When your alarm goes off, get out of bed right way. Don’t snooze for too long or you’ll just end up wasting too much time. You’ll actually feel more energized if you don’t lay around for an extra 15-20 minutes.
- Exercise in the morning. If you give yourself a little extra time in the morning, you can get up and get in a quick workout session before you get ready for the day. This is sure to get your blood flowing and wake you up for the day.
- Remember to grab breakfast! Breakfast will give you energy to start your day, and set you up for healthier eating habits the rest of the day.
- Getting up earlier than most mornings? If you don’t think you’ll wake up to your alarm, try an additional means of waking up, such as snoozester.com. On Snoozester, you can set a wakeup call for any time of the day. This is perfect for getting up for an early meeting or to catch a flight.
Give it a shot; you might actually start to enjoy your mornings.