The 9 tips on how to stop hitting the snooze button will have you implementing techniques you may not have thought of before. Be sure to read all the way through to take in new learning to become an early riser.
My first question is, why do you want to stop hitting the snooze button?
Maybe you are tired of being late for work, or your kids are up getting ready for school while you are still in bed, and lunches are not going to prepare themselves.
Many of us delude ourselves into thinking it’s our choice to hit the snooze when, in reality, it’s no choice at all. There is a reason why you set the alarm on your clock. Most likely, we have things to do and a life to live.
Will You Suffer From Hitting The Snooze Button
Yes, it will actually hurt you. Why? Because it will stop you from starting your day off on the right foot. Seriously, if as soon as you wake up and hit the snooze button, you are already delaying your day from getting done what needs to be done.
Another effect the snooze button has is that you will feel groggier as well as have a sense of failure at not starting your day as you had planned.
Trust me! In my younger days, I was champion at hitting the snooze button. If they had competition for this, I might have won the gold meddle — not something I desired to win.
I feel like I slept away a lot of crucial time, which could have been used for focusing on things that mattered and were important. I may have lost 10 minutes each day, but if you multiply that by 365, I actually lost 60 hours each year. That’s a little over one full week of work. You see what I’m getting at, right?
Now onto our 9 tips on how to stop hitting the snooze button:
1. Give Yourself A Reason To Wake Up
By giving yourself a reason to wake up, you present yourself with self-motivation to get out of bed. This technique is excellent because you are your own initiator.
What are some reasons you can have for waking up?
- Prepare breakfast the night before – we all love to eat, at least I know I do. What better than knowing that there is food waiting for me in the fridge. Many people food prep. to get ahead start on their day. And most of us like to eat.
- Make a gym date – as a previous personal trainer, there were many days where I was scheduled to meet people at 4:30 am, not only was it right for them, this benefited me as well. I got my workout done early and was able to concentrate on working on my blog for the rest of the day.
- Watch the sunrise – many of us enjoy watching the first rays of light come through. Myself personally, I love watching the sunrise, it means a whole new day to get things done. I am truly grateful to a new sunrise every day.
- Make a to-do list – when people get up early, they can pre-plan what their day is going to look like. Have a to-do list helps to keep the day organized. I have a friend who likes to wing her day; in the end, she doesn’t get much done.
- Be in command of your own time – this is one of my favorite things about each day. If I let sleep command my mornings, I feel like I’m losing control. In order to command my time, I pay attention to where that time is spent. Sleep takes up 7-8 hours of my time, and that is all I allow it to do.
2. Let The Smell Of Coffee Wake You
Some of us need to use our senses to help get us going. My husband, for instance, loves the smell of coffee. It is probably one of his favorites smells ever. As soon as he smells the coffee he perks right up.
An international group of scientists study found that inhaling the scent of coffee alters genes in our brains, which reduced the need for sleep – even if you don’t drink it.
Pretty amazing, you don’t even have to be a coffee drinker to get the benefits of early morning rising. Coffee has been involved in the human evolution for over 1000s of years; no wonder we have the scent built right in our psyche.
If you are a coffee drinker, then your shot of java right in the morning shoots some great antioxidants into your body. What a better way then to know you are mentally ready to meet the demands of the day,
In order to have the scent of coffee wake you up, you need a coffee machine that can be preset to turn on automatically in the morning. Getting one will be crucial to using this tip.
3. Go To Bed Early
This tip is just easy to understand. Go to bed at a decent time, and you will find yourself getting up early the next day. There are way too many demands happening right before bed, which most of us feel we have to meet.
The best way to handle this is by having a bedtime routine. Routine will allow you to figure out what is important as well as remove any anxiety of the “important” stuff we have to get done. For some of us, the important thing can be watching YouTube, Netflix, or reading one more chapter of a book.
Allow yourself the luxury of sleep, but also give yourself time during the day to get the important stuff out of the way.
4. Do The Three Wake-Up Yoga Poses In Bed
Yoga poses are not only for getting in shape, but they can also help one to wake up. Now, if you are having trouble falling asleep, then read my post on yoga poses to help you sleep.
The Yoga poses for waking up can be done right in your bed.
1. Low Cobra Pose
The Low Cobra pose helps to increase your flexibility. Something we all need in the morning since our body is very rigid upon waking.
You will open up your lungs for deep breathing as well as stimulate internal organs, which will aid digestions. It’s a great way to allow yourself the early morning process to get going.
2. Eye of the Needle
Eye of the Needle pose helps to stretch your outer hips as well as your lower back. This will increase the motion of your lower body while helping to improve circulation throughout your legs, hips, and back.
Sometimes we have a fear of pain, which stops us from getting up, but this pose will help to reduce the stiffness we get from sleeping.
3. Reclined Big Toe Pose
The Recline Big Toe pose helps to stretch for your hips down your legs. This pose also aims to improve digestion.
Back pain is a common occurrence upon waking; this pose will help to relieve that.
5. Move Your Clock Ahead By 30 Minutes
This method has worked for me for many years. I started using this method when I was having a hard time getting my kids up and ready for school.
A friend of mine mentioned she had been setting her clock ahead by 10 minutes. Her reasoning was when she opened her eyes 10 minutes earlier than she had to be up, it gave her body time to start preparing to get out of bed.
For me, it was a trick your mind tip. But I set my clock ahead by 30 minutes. I needed a little longer to get going in the morning. Even though the tip is set your clock ahead by 30 minutes – set it for whatever seems best for you.
6. Get The Vibrating Alarm Clock
My son, who is away at college, has a hard time waking up; we bought him the vibrating alarm clock. But the beauty here is that it actually vibrates on the bed.
You can put it under your pillow or just lay it on your bed. It will have you waking up in no time.
7. Heat Up Your Room
Many people don’t get out of bed because they are cold. Why not heat up your room?
Being hot will get people going. The heat helps to open up tight muscles, which takes place during sleep. Although the recommendation to get to sleep is to keep your room cool, waking up is the opposite of that.
If you can preset heat in your home, then do so, but if you can’t, then get a good small heater, which will turn on automatically for the time you set it for.
My recommendation is to set for at least 30 minutes before you need to be up. This will help warm your muscles, thus less pain upon rising out of bed.
8. Make It Hard To Hit The Snooze Button
If your alarm clock is by your bed, this probably makes it easy to hit the snooze button. The best thing you can here is set your alarm clock across the room; this will force you to get up to turn off your alarm.
Your muscles will easily get stimulated to start the waking process. Now, if you need the clock close to you, then you need a clock with wheels that can sense your hand and move away before you hit the snooze button.
Pretty amazing technology that has sensory activation to get you going on your way in the morning.
9. Set Your Intention The Night Before
Intentions work! I have seen it in my life. They work because your mind is already preset to what you want to happen.
By setting the intention the night before, your brain will automatically rewire itself to help you wake up.
How to set an intention:
- Verbally speak your intention for the morning
- Ask for what you want to happen in the morning
- Remind yourself at bedtime
- Write it down
These are just a few ways to set an intention that I find work for me or clients who ask how to get up and get going for their day. The beauty here, you can set an intention for anything to take place in your life.
Some Final Words On How To Stop Hitting The Snooze Button
After reading the tips I have listed out for you, you may find yourself wanting to implement the tips immediately. But don’t act on all of them at the same time or else you’ll burn yourself out. You’ll build yourself into an anxiety-filled state.
Give each a tip a week trial before moving on to the next one. Enthusiasm, while great, lasts a few hours, the novelty of something new wears of quite fast. Don’t let yourself get sucked into a hyper state; take it slow.
Share in comments below how you stop hitting the snooze button.
Reading is my favorite thing to do. But other than reading, I enjoy discovering new techniques on how to do something in simpler methods. My daughter likes to call me the Renaissance woman. So I do have to live up to the name.
One of my main issues is sleeping, so I’m always searching for new ways to get a good night sleep, I’m more than happy to share them with you.
My posts are either geared towards pain or self-help. Pain posts because I suffer from ongoing cancer pain. In the past 6 years of my fight with cancer, I have learned many ways to deal with pain, especially when going to bed.
The self-help posts come from my work as a mental health counselor for over 15+ years. My background in counseling training is from UFV and RRU. I also have personal trainer certification from IFA, so I might throw in some exercise posts as well.