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1.Start each day with a breakfast that's both filling *and* actually exciting (sorry to granola bars). Overnight oats pack a mean source of protein (32 grams to be exact), can be paired with endless ingredients so you never get bored, and take zero prep time in the morning. Just mix it with milk (or a milk substitute) the night before and stick it in the fridge. All done.
2.Avoid midday headaches caused by glaring computer and phone screens by wearing blue light–glasses. Their yellow-tinted lenses reduce ~digital eye strain~, which in turn will help you get through the day without crashing.
3.Take small but manageable steps that will all not only help you sleep better, but actually feel energized and well-rested the entire day. Wearing a fitness tracker can encourage you take more steps, aka take a break from work by going for a walk to re~jog~ your mood *and* make you feel more ready for bed later.
Another easy yet super effective change? Drinking more water — which will feel a whole lot more possible when using a infuser water bottle. Suddenly eight glasses a day isn't so bad (at least not when they all taste like strawberries).
4.Relieve unexpected migraines with a roll-on aromatherapy stick that combines soothing peppermint, spearmint, and lavender therapeutic grade oils so you can *keep* feeling alert and well-rested after a good night's sleep, no matter what comes your way.
5.Put tossing and turning to ~rest~ by getting a cooling weighted blanket that'll apply *just* enough pressure to drastically improve your sleeping habits. Reviewers swear this helps them with anxiety, stress, and insomnia thanks to its comforting weight.
6.Or! If sweating and overheating is the issue, invest in a Buffy comforter. It's made with super soft, temperature-regulating eucalyptus fiber that was designed with sweaty sleepers in mind (🙋) so you stay nice and dry 'til sunrise. Translation: no more waking up in the middle of the night because your pillow is...damp.
7.~Kick~ your mornings off with super quick but energizing exercise moves. Even those of us who always run late can squeeze in a maximum of 60 seconds — and the bit of action will get your body *and* mind feeling so much more awake.
8.Have a few extra minutes? Grab a yoga mat and do some circuit training. It's free, will *definitely* wake you up (good morning to my LEGS), and will have you feeling accomplished before you even get to work.
9.Save your tired eyes from feeling overly dry by always having some TheraTears eye drops on-hand. They'll instantly provide relief, so even if you're having a late night at the office, you'll instantly feel less tired and miserable.
10.Plan out your tasks with a sloth to-do pad so you never get overwhelmed by the day's prospects — even if it's incredibly busy. If you're one to lay awake at night, thinking about everything you have to do, you should try writing everything out. Not only will your list feel less daunting, but you won't have to worry about forgetting anything. AND your day will be less draining now that you have a proper game plan.
11.Drink some moon milk (made from ashwagandha powder) before bed to ease into going to bed, instead of just trying to fall asleep the minute you close your eyes. People say this really does have a ~calming effect~ so they end their day on a restful note! This + one episode of Planet Earth = lights out.
12.Make your bed! It may sound trivial, but starting your morning with one productive accomplishment *right away* can set the rest of the day on a positive tone. Good thing all it takes is 60 seconds.
13.Try journaling before bed to help unwind and process (instead of replaying the day's events when you're supposed to be asleep). This five-year memory book only requires one line per day (but has more room if you want it) so you can spend your last few minutes writing, and *not* scrolling through Instragram. Your brain will finally actually get the hint that it's time for sleep.
14.Cover annoying lights from electronics with some LED stickers. Now you'll be able to enjoy actual darkness — *especially* helpful if the very thing keeping you awake is your alarm clock. Curse it.
15.Upgrade your mattress if it's uncomfortable — that's probably a *huge* reason you have trouble sleeping! A soft, cooling mattress topper will make you feel like you're on cloud nine the minute you hit the bed — especially when you look back on its ☁️ dreamy prices ☁️.
16.Discover a podcast that you genuinely find interesting so you have something to look forward to every morning (you can depend on a hands-free, voice-controlled Echo Dot if you're pressed for time) — it'll help you start your days feeling more engaged and alert than listening to the same darn playlist.
17.Fight afternoon slumps with a portable personal blender that'll let you make your own energizing smoothies. This'll leave you feeling awake *and* perfectly full without having a third cup of coffee, which'll only make you crash harder.
18.Switch your nightly routine from staring at your phone to reading in bed. If you just know you're never going to make it to the library, the Kindle Oasis is a great option. It's super thin and lightweight, is waterproof, and even has a warm light feature so your eyes feel soothed right before bed. You'll be drifting off before you know it (even if you're reading a real page-turner).
19.And! Keep a table lamp on your nightstand so you can go to bed as soon as you feel sleepy (as opposed to having to get your butt up and cross the room). This one even has two adjustable settings so you can read in a dimmer, more comfortable light.
20.Stop 👏 hitting 👏 snooze 👏!!! Most studies show it only makes you more tired. Be realistic about when you're going to wake up — it's better to aim for eight hours and get all the sleep you need. And! Use an extra-loud alarm clock that *doesn't* have a snooze option so you're not even tempted to drift back off to sleep.
21.Relieve hip, joint, leg, or back pain that's keeping you awake by using an orthopedic knee pillow. Its contoured shape keeps your legs, hip, and spine in alignment to improve circulation — relaxed body = deep sleep. You just have to promise to be big spoon.
22.Switch from regular coffee to mushroom coffee mix for getting the same amount of energy as a cup of joe, but without any jitters or caffeine headaches. Reviewers say when drinking this over coffee, they feel clear-headed, focused, and much less stressed throughout the whole day.
23.Don't fight the urge to take naps — it's all about doing it strategically. A 20-minute nap is best for increasing alertness and improving motor skills, while a full hour nap can help with decision-making skills, recall, and memorization (hello, test-takers). Just make sure you don't spend this time trying to fall asleep — a light-blocking eye mask and ear plugs should help you relax.
24.And! Use an infinity neck pillow to comfortably nap on your way to work if you have a long commute on public transportation. Anything from 20 to 90 minutes will help you feel more alert and focused by the time you get to the office.
25.Ditch second and third cups of coffee that'll only make you feel worse and opt for a pack of energizing mints. Its combo of caffeine, vitamin B12 (for your energy), and peppermint (for your breath, lol) work together to get you energized, minus the usual jitters or crashing.
26.Get a pair of blackout curtains to help you get some SLEEP for once past 6 a.m. All you need to do on your end is shut these before bed for instant 🙏 darkness 🙏 that'll last until your alarm goes off.
27.Begin your morning with some yoga for a gentle approach to waking your whole body up. A pack of yoga cards will teach beginners poses with detailed instructions and affirmations so it's easy to start this routine. Plus! It'll be a great way to make your workout as short or long as you'd like.
28.Perk up your pores *and* your mood with a Yes To cleanser stick that'll combine caffeine (to energize), coconut oil (to moisturize), and avocado oil (to soften), *and* an invigorating, exfoliating texture to help you feel more awake before it's even fully washed off your face.
29.End your day on a ~full~filling note — at least when it comes to your dinner. A hearty meal that's packed with protein, like this lentil bolognese, will help even vegetarians get the nutrients you need for a deeper sleep *and* energy for tomorrow.
30.Spritz some lavender-scented pillow mist to drift off to dreamland more easily by using this to encourage ~peace of mind~. Basically you'll be thinking, "ahhhh", not, "Oh my God, stop thinking about the time you called your boss mom."
31.Wear foam earplugs if you keep waking up to bumps in the night that turn out just to be your roommate making a 2 a.m. sandwich. Reviewers say they feel super comfortable and totally block out sound. Plus! They contour to your ear so you barely know they're there (just like your now-silent roomie).
32.Take the ~BuzzFeed Morning Person Challenge~ to tackle weekly steps towards feeling less and less overwhelmed whenever the alarm goes off. By the end of week two, you'll actually look *forward* to starting your day 💪.
One super helpful tip: learn how to *really* clear your mind so you're not too stressed to fall asleep. The Calm app has already helped thousands of people
improve their ability to cope with high levels of stress or anxiety. It'll teach you how to meditate, tell you soothing bedtime stories to help you fall and *stay* asleep, and give you breathing exercises so you can relax.
33.Drown out distracting noises with a white noise machine that'll come to the rescue in more ways than one. It'll help you drift off to sleep faster if you always have restless nights *and* make it possible to concentrate if you're usually stressed out by a loud environment. It has ~ten~ fan and ambient sounds for you to pick from — your days of staying up with your thoughts are OVER.
34.Prep with a rapid egg cooker or peanut butter packets that'll let you always have easy, protein-packed snacks on hand so you have plenty of energy when you start to feel hanger creep in. It turns out you DON'T have to feel lethargic all day when your belly is happy.
35.Help your body ease into the day by starting your morning with a few yoga poses right in bed. A few good stretches will gently signal to your muscles that it's time to wake up — bonus points for adding a few more reallly satisfying stretches with resistance bands when you step out of bed.
36.Create a more soothing atmosphere in your bedroom with a mini essential oil diffuser that'll treat dry air *and* signal to your body that it's time to relax. It's hard to feel calm after a stressful day, but some lavender aromatherapy oil should help clear your head.
37.Put an end to, well, alarming mornings with an alarm clock that'll wake you up to a gentle, gradual sunrise (how our bodies were evolved to wake up). It's a splurge, but people say this seriously helped them feel less stressed in the morning and more capable of taking on the day, all thanks to not being ~jolted~ awake first thing in the morning.
38.Make sure you get the *proper* amount of sleep — seven to eight hours, people (unless you are a baby reading this)! Have trouble falling asleep? Try Olly melatonin gummies that'll use the power of melatonin, l-theanine, lemon balm, and chamomile to make those eyelids h-e-a-v-y.
39.Shut out bothersome lights with a weighted sleep mask filled with lavender and flax seeds that'll feel positively ~dreamy~ at the end of the day. It'll help improve your sleep habits, thanks to its comforting pressure *and* help soothe puffy eyes and relieve eye fatigue, so it's off to snooze town before you know it.
40.Start your day on the right 🎶note🎶 by putting a waterproof bluetooth speaker in the shower. The power of singing along to Lizzo will make you feel happier than the usual sounds of your groans.
41.Make your mornings a little less hectic (therefore instantly making you feel more tired) by preparing your kids' lunches for the whole week. Store sandwiches, fruits, and snacks in individual, organizing food bins that'll make it easy to find and pack everything.
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