Do something that requires you to move around
Society tends to hate on people who have the willpower to get up and work out early (you could call it jealousy, or just plain common sense). But this is a bandwagon you want to jump on. Morning exercise brings up oxygen intake and heart rate, upping your energy all day.
If you’re just too lazy (probably!), Dr. Penzel suggests starting a conversation or putting together a light breakfast. But don’t use your Facebook and checking emails to get lucid.
“People can do that, but that’s not activating the brain in a real sense,” he explained. “So if they end up doing that not just for a few minutes, but 20 minutes, that’s almost like pressing the snooze button.”
Go to bed earlier (duh)
We know you don’t want to hear this, but the easiest way to get out of bed in the morning is just to get enough sleep. Somewhere between seven and nine hours is the golden number that’ll leave you refreshed and ready to conquer -– rendering that lousy snooze button completely unnecessary.
“Sleep is half necessity and half behavior,” said Dr. Penzel. “We shouldn’t ignore what the body is telling us it needs.”
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Barbara Woolsey is a Berlin-based freelance writer who loves to power nap (and she does all the time, because she’s a freelance writer). Follow her adventures on Facebook and Twitter.