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    Updated on Jan 30, 2019. Posted on Jun 1, 2018

    23 Ridiculously Simple Ways To Look And Feel More Awake

    If you're not a morning person, this is for you!

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    1. Brew a mega-caffeinated coffee that actually tastes amazing to add some perk to your morning (literally).

    Get a bag of two pounds from Amazon for $28.49.

    Promising review: "I bought this as a birthday present for myself and brewed a pot about an hour ago. Now, instead of working and writing code like I should be, I am here on Amazon trying to write a review and jittering like I'm about to have a cerebrovascular-accident. The flavor: It's a terrific, dark, French Roast flavor with a good balance of bitterness. If it didn't have a kitschy name, it could easily be sold as a gourmet roast. This stuff tastes so good you could find yourself drinking a whole pot of it before you medically realize what you've done. Normally, I have an unhealthy tolerance for coffee built caused by years of drinking percolated chow-hall swill. THIS STUFF however, is a kick in the face that will make your teeth itch. If thats your thing, I couldn't recommend this more for you. Enjoy." —Amazon Customer

    2. Try a quick and simple morning yoga routine to get your blood flowing and your muscles stretched right away — you won't even *want* to get back into bed after this.

    Check out the full routine at Spotebi.

    Or if a class is more your thing, book it in the morning to give yourself a reason to get out of bed.

    3. And trick the rest of your yoga class into thinking you're alert and your form is perfect with a mat printed with a guide to help you with your alignment.

    Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in nine colors).

    Promising review: "Love this mat! It's perfectly sticky and really cushiony. I had purchased a Manduka Pro and abandoned it for this mat. Wish I had tried this one first... not only considering the price difference, but also its stickiness. Got the green color and, while not as bright as I imagined, it's a great color. Highly recommend." —Mrs. Grueby

    4. Pop an aromatherapy fizzy in your morning shower; when the water activates it, you'll feel refreshed and energized by citrusy essential oils, including lemon, orange, and grapefruit.

    Pro tip: according to reviewers, one fizzy will even last for more than one shower.

    Get a bag of fizzies from Mountain Madness Soap on Etsy for $12.

    Promising review: "The smell on these is seriously so amazing! The best morning pick me up. You also get so many for the price! Seller shipped quickly as well." —Kimberlee

    5. Color correct those traitorous dark circles with an orange-tone concealer that cancels out blue or purple.

    This NYX one is formulated with coconut oil to nourish the delicate skin under your eye and hydrate so it never creases or cakes.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in three shades).

    Promising review: "I was born with dark circles under my eyes (hereditary) and I've spent my whole life trying to find something that actually brightened my eyes and concealed my circles. I will never use anything else! I swear by this product — it's lightweight, actually color corrects, looks so natural." —Vanessa J.

    6. And top your color-corrector with a cult-favorite Nars Radiant Creamy concealer with hydrating ingredients and ~light-diffusing technology~ that'll make you look like you slept in this morning.


    Get it from Sephora for $30 (available in 22 shades).

    Promising review: "I have pale, pale skin and the Chantilly shade is the only concealer I can use! It is so natural on my face, is creamy, long lasting, and has never caused breakouts. I use it all the time and it has lasted me over a year. It's great for the undereye area as well!" —Maggie714

    7. Apply your brightening concealer in a triangle shape (not dots) for the best coverage.

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    8. Use nude liner on the waterline of your eyes (aka just inside your lower lashes) to make your eyes look bigger AND more awake. Win win!


    This Tarte Fake Awake Eyeliner glides on smoothly, so you don't have to tug at your eyelids to put it on.

    Get it from Sephora for $20.

    Promising review: "Perfect! As others have said, it is not startlingly white, but looks very natural. Looks like you're well rested, and can hide that look of allergy eyes, crying, etc. It's so natural it doesn't look like it's there, but it makes a big impact. Tip is narrow and product is smooth, so gliding it on is easy. Love this!" —LegalBeagles

    9. Hitting the snooze button restarts your sleep cycle and makes you feel groggy all day — use a super loud alarm clock with *no snooze available* so you HAVE to get up.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99. Available in four colors.

    Promising review: "I just woke up to this alarm clock for the first time and WOW is it effective. It's so loud that it not only wakes me up, but it scares the day lights out of me so that I jump out of bed too. No falling back asleep with this one around! Besides the extremely effective alarm, it is darn cute. I wanted to cut back on the digital items in my bedroom, and this is an attractive way to do so. It's built very well, so it doesn't feel cheap. The second hand is definitely silent and it's very easy to set. I highly recommend this clock!" —Lauren

    10. Orrrrr ~shake things up~ by using an alarm that vibrates to truly wake you up.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in six colors).

    Promising review: "I am a super heavy sleeper — I've had fire alarms go off outside my bedroom door and hurricanes shaking the windows of my home I sleep next to and I will not wake up. I usually have to set multiple alarms — I'm the person who sets them a minute apart to make sure I hear them and wake up to them. But this is amazing. I put the part that vibrates in my pillow case underneath the pillow and it's perfect. I wake up immediately — and that's just to the vibration, I don't even need to have the sound go off. I accidentally set it to vibrate only once and I still woke up immediately. I absolutely love, love, LOVE this product." —Tess

    11. Jumpstart your day with a feeling of accomplishment by making your bed FIRST THING.

    Design by Noa Santos and Justin Di Piero for / Photo by Claire Esparros Di Piero for

    Check out the 24 reasons why here.

    12. Put together a prioritized plan so you don't waste precious morning minutes thinking about what you're going to do instead of actually ~doing it~.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.90.

    Promising review: "This notepad is totally worth the investment. I am a teacher and constantly find myself making to-do lists on sticky notes. This pad helps me organize my tasks better and makes me more productive. It helps for me to visually sort what I need to get done, especially ordering it by level of need. I could just make categories on an ordinary sticky note, but as a teacher, time is precious and I have a lot going on — it's worth it to have it organized for me. Definitely recommend!" —Cecilia Lorraine

    13. Whip up a filling smoothie in a blender that mixes everything together right in a removable travel cup for on-the-go breakfasting with minimal effort.

    Travel cup, no blender = one less thing to clean.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.49 (available in six colors).

    Promising review: "I rarely am one to write a product review but after blending up my morning smoothie with this little mixer, I decided to let others know what a great product this is! I've had this blender for over 1.5 years. It is used every morning to blend protein smoothies with ice and frozen fruit added. This mixer does an amazing job, especially for the price! I have used much more expensive products, but the Oyster My Blend does a great job. What I love about it: you blend right in the bottle so you can throw a lid on & take it with you. You can purchase extra bottles separately & this makes it even more handy. Then just throw your drink bottle in the dishwasher & clean-up is easy!" —Kimberly

    14. Not sure what smoothie to try? Might I suggest a "wake up" smoothie made with strong coffee, rolled oats, and frozen banana.

    Making you feel full and energized, all in one!

    Get the recipe at Live Eat Learn.

    15. Create a pump-up playlist for mornings that are more fun, then play it on this portable bluetooth speaker so you can even take it in the shower!

    Pro tip: if you use the same playlist every day, you can make sure you're running on schedule by using the music as a timer.

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99+ (available in four colors).

    Promising review: "I bought this item after seeing a much more expensive but lower rated item featured on Prime Day and I'm so glad I bought this item. I now listen to podcasts in the shower and this little speaker is loud and clear. I have since bought an identical item for my girlfriend who shares my enthusiasm as she listens to music while showering and getting ready. We also taken it on day trips where it works great. I get about nine days on a single charge." —The Professor

    16. Try an eye gel formulated with hyaluronic acid and peptides to combat dark circles, puffiness, bags and wrinkles — over 1,000 positive reviews can't be wrong.

    Get it from Amazon for $15.15.

    Promising review: "As a mom of two small children, I am usually sleep deprived. My eyes were really showing it, and I had puffy bags. I have been using this eye gel for several months now and the difference is noticeable. I couldn't be happier with this eye gel." —Vanessa

    17. Boost your morning shower with an invigorating Burt's Bees body wash with citrus and ginger that'll make you say "GOOD MORNING WORLD!"


    Get a bottle from Walmart or Jet for $6.38.

    Promising review: "This body wash is absolutely amazing! I love the citrus and ginger sent. It is so fresh and crisp but not over powering and does not have that fake smell. Plus it gives you the most energizing feeling, especially in the morning before work when your cup of coffee hasn't kicked in yet! It works well too! I use it with an exfoliating cloth and my skin feels so soft and clean after every use. It doesn't dry out your skin either! You would think that it being citrus, that it might have the potential to dry out your skin a bit more, but it doesn't at all. I love this body wash and have been using it for the past eight months without issues. I would definitely recommend trying it!" —Brittany0619

    18. Upgrade your pillow with a silk pillowcase to keep your hair smooth and frizz-free — even if you toss and turn all night.

    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    Promising review: "I love it. It's made such a difference with my hair. I have long hair and used to wake up in the morning with crazy bed head and tangles. Now my hair looks pretty much the same in the morning as it did when I went to sleep! The zipper on the side keeps the pillowcase from sliding off my pillow. And, though I know you're supposed to hand wash this type of pillowcase, I put it in the washer on the delicate cycle in a lingerie bag and air dried it. It held up fine. I would definitely purchase again!" —Marti G.

    19. Make mornings less painful by setting an alarm clock that simulates sunrise so you wake up more naturally.


    Get it from Amazon for $137.99.

    Promising review: "I was having problems getting up in the morning on a daily basis and I read somewhere on the Internet that there were 'light' alarm clocks. I thought ok, that seems kinda crazy, but a lot of people raved about them so I finally purchased one. I am so glad I did. Not only do I feel more refreshed in the morning when I wake up, but I have no urge to hit the snooze button four times (which was my average before this light) or even one time for that matter. The light mimics the sunrise changing from a dim red light that fades to a brighter orange which gives way to a bright soft white light. It slowly wakes you up instead of a typical alarm which startles you awake. You can set how long the 'sunrise' will last. The light gets VERY bright at the end. It can easily light up your entire bedroom and it wakes me up every time before the audible alarm kicks in. Bottom line: This light really makes a difference in how you wake up which for most people sets the tone for the rest of their day. Somehow you wake up refreshed and in a good or at least neutral mood. I have never missed walking up on time since I've started using this. It's a winner in my book!" —Stephanie M.

    20. If you didn't get a full night's rest, take smart naps — like a ~coffee nap~ to feel more rested and refreshed.


    What's a coffee nap? Drinking a caffeinated beverage (like a small coffee or shot or two of espresso) *immediately* before a 15/20-minute nap — you'll wake up when the caffeine kicks in, leaving you more refreshed than just coffee or nap alone. Learn more at Here's How To Take The Best Nap Of Your Life.

    21. Take a power nap wherever you are with a handy infinity pillow you can use as a neck rest while traveling or snooze on right on your desk.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99. Available in three colors.

    Promising review: "Listen to me. Buy it. Buy one for everyone you know. It is a miracle pillow that feels like home. I bought it for a long flight from Texas to London and ended up using it where we were staying, on the flight home, and it's literally on my bed as we speak. Sometimes it comes into my home office with me, sometimes to the living room... Here's what I love about it: The fabric is luxurious and feels like my most expensive Egyptian cotton sheets, it twists and turns and cuddles right back with you. The U- or C-shaped neck pillows push your neck forward, this one does what you want it to do." —Amy Wood

    22. Refresh yourself throughout the day with a Mario Badescu facial mist — if the burst of hydration doesn't wake you (and your skin) up, the soothing green tea, cucumber, and peppermint formula definitely will.

    AND it's good for your skin!

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    Promising review: "So refreshing! I use it as a toner and also as a refresher throughout the day. I spray over top of my makeup during the day, and it re-hydrates my skin during the dry season. Smells delightful! The two sizes are perfect to have one at home and one at work." —Jennifer Riley

    23. And snack happy on Awake chocolates, adorable caramel-filled milk chocolates to reenergize your afternoon — each bite has the same amount of caffeine as half a cup of coffee!

    Get a pack of 50 chocolates from Amazon for $28.49.

    Promising review: "These things are tasty and have quite a surprising caffeine boost! I'm in grad school and one or two of these lil owls helped me get through my night class last semester." —Brich0328

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