back to top
Shopping

22 Useful Tips For Everyone Who's Not A Morning Person

The early bird gets the worm! Not that anyone really wants a worm.

Posted on

We asked members of the BuzzFeed Community to tell us how they make their mornings suck a whole lot less. Here are their tried-and-true recommendations:

Advertisement

2. Gently wake to the rising sun (or at least an alarm clock that mimics beckoning rays of light).

amazon.com

"I have to be at work by 8 with over an hour commute, so my alarm goes off between 5 and 5:30am, depending. Adjusting to waking up in the dark has been the hardest, but the Philips Wake-up Light with sunrise simulation has saved my sanity. It’s not cheap, but often goes on sale and is SO worth it." —victorialynnem2

Get it from Amazon for $49.99.

3. Shift your energy from corpse to chakra by easing into a yoga session to soothe the morning grumps.

Universal Pictures

"I wake up at 4:30 every morning and start with yoga. It sets the tone for the rest of my day!" —Katie D

Get online yoga classes and training at Yoga Download for $30+, or a dvd for beginners on Amazon for $11.81.

4. Leave the brewing to your coffee, not your mood, with a great cup of joe.

amazon.com, amazon.com

"I value good coffee—even though there is free coffee at work, there is no consistency with the quality. So I make sure I have a great cup before I head out the door. I grind the beans, add almond milk, and sip it as I get ready. I have a long commute, too, so drinking a cup before I leave ensures that I am alert when driving in and can evade all the jerks on the road." —artistthateats

Get a single serve and full pot coffee maker on Amazon for $55.96 and a coffee roast on Amazon for $15.19.

5. Create extra time by preparing as much as possible the night before so you don't feel rushed.

Paramount PIctures

"I lay out my clothes, have my coffee cup and to-go carafe ready with sugar and spoon. This gives me extra time to wake up while catching up on internet/emails/messages at the same time I am having my morning toilet ritual. Good times!" —Marla Hill

Advertisement

6. Shave off at least ten minutes (so you can get some extra z's) with foundation designed for travel.

"Pack your bag and wait to put on some makeup until you get to work/school (the bus driver doesn’t care if you have your lipstick on or not). You can easily get out of the house in 30 minutes, and that includes a morning poop." —baesjling

Get it from Amazon for $11.39.

7. Play some energizing tunes to shake up your bathroom routine.

HBO

"Create a playlist to get ready to in the morning and constantly change it so that you don't get bored." —Olivia P

Take it up a notch with a showerhead that syncs to your music for $39.95.

8. Keep cozy with a pair of fuzzy friends (even after you depart your bed burrito).

forever21.com

"To make my life a little less miserable in the morning, I hold a sacred routine. Upon waking, I put on a robe and some plush slippers to stay warm." —acaciac

Get these slippers from Forever21 for $12.90.

9. *Jump start* the day with light exercise to energize your brain.

amazon.com

"I workout every single morning. When it becomes a ritual, it’s hard to break. Just getting moving really sets a great tone for the rest of the day." —Anne P

Get an exercise jump rope from Amazon for $7.50.

10. Plan your outfit the night before so you don't have to waste precious energy in the morning.

Paramount Pictures

"Getting an outfit ready and laying it out the night before, so I can just hop right into the shower without having to think of what outfit to wear or how the weather is." —Sara

If you want to keep your pre-planned outfit from getting wrinkled, hang it on a garment rack. Get one from Amazon for $29.99.

Advertisement

11. Prep protein shakes to nourish yourself with essential nutrients.

Paramount

"I prep the dry ingredients of my protein shake the night before so I can roll out of bed, splash in some almond milk, blend it, and have a healthy meal. No debating what I'll have. It's the same thing every day and it saves me so much time"—Erin Boyle, Facebook

Get a subscription from Project Juice starting at six juices for $75 (if you're not about the prep life).

14. Switch the lights on as soon as you wake up to signal to your noggin that it's time to hustle.

thinkgeek.com

"When my alarm goes off, I get out of bed to turn it off and I turn the lights on. This way I am out of bed and all the lights are on so I am way less likely to go back to bed." —Lacy W

Get this StarWars touch-activated floor lamp from Think Geek for $149.99 or get the desktop lamp for $49.99.

15. Early risers need early bedtimes.

Disney

"Go to sleep early if you have to get up early. I'm not too proud to admit that I can't stay up until 11pm and successfully function when I have to get up at 3:30am. Melatonin helps me get to sleep earlier when my shifts change." —Andrea Lewis, Facebook

Get melatonin gummy vitamins at Amazon for $9.39.

Advertisement

16. Sink into a sturdy mattress every night to chuck fitful dozes.

amazon.com

"A good night's sleep and comfy mattress is the only thing that keeps me alive. Finally traded in my twin bed for a Leesa mattress. Best decision ever. Seriously." —Anna Dussing, Facebook

Get a Leesa from Amazon for $450+ or a similar style from Bed Bath and Beyond for $79.99+.

17. Leave your shades open to let sunlight pour in as a gentle, natural alarm.

urbanoutfitters.com

"I keep no light in my room but I always leave the blinds open. I try to sleep in a way that allows the sun to pour over me as it rises. The sunlight hitting my eyes wakes me up naturally without an alarm and I feel better about “waking with the sun.” It’s fun to feel in touch with nature like this if you’re not an outdoorsy person." —g48d34841f

Get sheer drapes from Urban Outfitters for $39.

Also available in rose, taupe, grey, and ivory.

19. Wake up with enough time to go at a leisurely pace.

NBC

"I get up earlier than I have to. Even if it means going to bed earlier, having a bit of time to sit, relax, enjoy my coffee and give my brain time to boot up and get my thoughts in order makes a world of difference for getting started with my day." —Dora Breckinridge, Facebook.

Get a charming mug made for relaxing from Soho Design Shop for $13.90.

20. Measure your sleep cycles to wake up during your lightest stage so you can soak up every minute of deep dreaming.

bestbuy.com

"Use Sleepcycle! You can set the time period from when you want to get up. It really helps me get out of bed on the colder, darker mornings." —KatOConnor

Sleepace tracks your REM and gently nudges you awake by vibrating under your pillow. Get it from Brookstone for $49.99.

21. Chow down on a healthy breakfast to fill your the bed-shaped hole in your heart with food.

Fox

"I JUST THINK OF BREAKFAST! Cookies! Milk! Cereal! Yumminess!" —martina

Prefer breakfast to go? Nutritious granola bars save time and money. Get them from Target for $2.99

22. Start your coffee machine as soon as you get up so the aroma can perk you up.

CBS

"I start my coffee maker then hop in the shower. The smell of coffee as I’m in the shower is the only way I get out of bed." —Alexis M

Promoted