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    29 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. Upgrade your pillow with a silk pillowcase to keep your hair smooth and frizz-free — even if you toss and turn all night and hit the snooze button 17 times before quickly dashing into the office. People think you had time for a blowout when you woke up just 45 minutes ago.

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    Get it from Amazon for $22.99.

    Promising review: "I wasn't expecting too much from this but i am very pleasantly surprised! After a few months of using this, I now cannot go back to a normal cotton pillow case as this is so so soft. It helps to keep my hair nice overnight too. Avoids ruining the texture of my hair and allows me to have smooth hair when I wake up the next day, which for someone with curly hair is a huge huge bonus! Definitely held up the quality too — nothing seems to have been ruined from use/washing." —Amazon Customer

    2. Brew a mega-caffeinated coffee that actually tastes amazing to add some perk to your morning (literally). It has the caffeine of four (4) cups' worth of coffee — in just ONE CUP.

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    Get a bag of two pounds from Amazon for $32.28.

    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

    3. 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.

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    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in five 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

    4. Orrrrr ~shake things up~ by using an alarm that vibrates to truly wake you up. It has a ~12-volt~ bed shaker you can put under your mattress or pillow get your morning off to an *alert* start!

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    And if the shaking doesn't do it (although it WILL), this bb also has a super loud alarm and pulsating light options too!

    Get it from Amazon for $33.02+ (available in seven 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

    Learn more about it in This Sonic Bomb Alarm Clock Will Shake You Awake So I Don't Have To.

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

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    It has 20 brightness settings that slowly increase over 30 minutes so you rise ~with the sun~, feeling energized and ready for the day. Once it's at full brightness, only *then* will the alarm sound go off. AAAAANNNNDDD it has a *reverse* sunset mode that slowly fades away, while you fade out of consciousness yourself.

    Get it from Amazon for $104.99.

    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.

    6. Once you start forgoing the snooze button, you'll have time to chow down on an energizing breakfast toast to start your day RIGHT. We're talking combos like berries + basil + cream cheese, mango + lime + mozz, and chickpeas + tomato + fried egg. Y U M!

    Photos by Macey Foronda / Graphics by Tashween Ali and Chris Ritter

    Check out all 21 toast recipes for the delicious inspiration.

    7. Jumpstart your day with a feeling of accomplishment by making your bed FIRST THING every day. That's right!! Every day.

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    This is part of BuzzFeed's ~Morning Person Challenge~, so if that interests you, check it out!

    In a commencement speech at the University of Texas, U.S. Navy Adm. William H. McRaven said if you want to change the world, the first thing you should do is start making your bed. He said: "It will give you a small sense of pride, and it will encourage you to do another task, and another, and another. And by the end of the day that one task completed will have turned into many tasks completed."

    8. 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.

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    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.

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

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    Reviewers note it has juuuuust the right amount of cushion — and it's recyclable!

    Get it from Amazon for $29.95+ (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "I looked around sport stores for a yoga mat so that I could physically see and touch them. Most were too thin (not good for leaning on elbows) or too thick (not good for balance poses). The Heathyoga mat is perfect for my yoga needs and not just because of the thickness. If a non-slip surface is important to you, you'll find the TPE material to be a good choice. The body alignment markings are quite helpful when doing my yoga flow routine since I can see where my feet, knees, or hands should go with a quick glance down. The slip knot strap is also handy for keeping the mat rolled up and for carting around. Love the green color that I chose too!" —Kindle Customer

    10. Exfoliate + energize as you wash your face in the morning with a Yes To two-in-one cleansing stick formulated with coconut oil and coffee to hydrate and brighten. And it smells so good!

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    Just scrub it all over your face to remove dead skin cells and get to work — then rinse! This is also a PEEERRRFECT cleanser for traveling (no worrying about liquids to spill!)

    Get it from Amazon for $8.33 (also available in an activated charcoal version).

    Promising review: "I am surprisingly impressed with this product. It's so gentle on the skin and very convenient for the shower! Although, I use it more than just in the shower. I love the scent! Coffee is a great scent to wake you up in the morning. I love natural products for this was a win for me!" —Nathalie

    11. Create a pump-up playlist for mornings that are more fun, then play it on this portable, waterproof 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.

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    Playback is up to six hours between charges, so you should be good to go for a full week! Aaaaand, you can either suction it to your shower wall *or* hang it from your shower curtain rod or door with the included aluminum hook.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99+ (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "I've had this for about a week and have been using it in my shower where I can jam out and wake up in the morning. It's fuss free and has decent sound for as small as it is. Sticks wonderfully on its suction cup to the tile in my bathroom. Haven't had to recharge it yet but I power it down each morning after I'm done getting ready. Nice bright turquoise too. I'm happy!" —Julieana

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

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    And it's sulfate-free, so if you (like me) have sensitive skin, this'll cleanse *without* irritating!

    Get a pack of three bottles from Amazon for $18.99.

    Promising review: "OMG!! This is outstandingly refreshing. Love it immensely!!" —Sandy Frazer-Jackson

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

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    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

    14. Try a lightweight eye gel formulated with hyaluronic acid and peptides to combat dark circles, puffiness, bags and wrinkles — over 1,000 positive reviews speak volumes to its effectiveness.

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    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

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

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    This 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 NYX for $6 (available in four shades).

    Promising review: "I have very dark circles and bags. I have tried other more expensive concealers but I look worse after application because the heaviness of the other products and my bags look like they have bags. BUT because of the lightness of NYX dark circle concealer, it gives good coverage under my eyes but doesn't make my bags look bigger. I usually don't event have to apply with brush or anything. I just work it in with my finger and presto — like magic. I live in Nigeria and it stays put even in the humid African weather. Thumbs up to NYX for this one." —Fifi Trixibelle

    16. 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.

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    It has over 6,000 FIVE-STAR REVIEWS! I swear by this concealer myself to cancel out my allergy-related dark circles.

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

    Promising review: "I've tried pretty much every high-end under-eye concealer under the sun, and always found myself doing touch-ups and never completely covering my insomnia-induced dark circles. First was Chanel (which was reformulated but still not cutting it), then YSL's iconic Touche Éclat which is second best, and Diorskin which was an epic failure. NARS kicked butt in coverage, formulation, and application. One small dot per eye covers the entire under-eye area, from corner to corner. Better still? It looks natural, doesn't crease all day long, and feels more like an extension of my skincare. Brilliant. I'll never look back, and I challenge you to find any under-eye circles. :)" —WendySully

    17. Apply your brightening concealer (like the Nars option above!) in a triangle shape (not dots) for the best coverage. And it'll draw attention to the brightest part of your eyes!

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    18. 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!

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    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

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

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    Travel cup, no blender = one less thing to clean. This set includes the blender base, a tall cup, two short cups, a flat blade, an emulsifying blade, two re-sealable lids, and a manual with recipes!

    Get it from Amazon for $49.88.

    Promising review: "I've owned my Nutribullet for about two months now, and I still can't believe how amazing this product is!!! It makes getting healthy, nutritious food into your diet so incredibly easy. I can roll out of bed in the morning, grab an avocado, some nonfat plain yogurt, raw honey, flax seeds, and kale, blend up a delicious breakfast, AND clean everything up in less than 10 minutes. This blender is so seriously easy to clean. I love the cups that it comes with, too. It comes with a neat book full of recipes, although I haven't tried any yet... I'm still having too much fun making up my own recipes :) :) anyway, if you're on the fence about buying this product JUST DO IT :)" —Kira Wilhelm

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

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    Making you feel full and energized, all in one!

    Get the recipe at Live Eat Learn.

    The recipe calls for strong, chilled coffee — I'd recommend getting a cold brew pitcher to keep some handy! I L O V E this Tayeka cold brew maker myself! It has an airtight seal to keep fridge smells out, a tight mesh filter for grounds-free brew, and a slim profile that easily fits in your fridge. Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    And check out my cold brew maker review for al the deets!

    21. 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~.

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    Get it from Amazon for $7.02.

    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

    22. Play with a cubic zirconia spinner ring in those boring, should-have-been-an-email meetings to help you stay focused. Idk about you, but that 3 p.m. doze is REAL.

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    This one has easy-glide stainless steel bearings for a smoooooooooth spin every time. It's adjustable to fit any ring sizes 5–10, too.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in silver, rose gold, and yellow gold; also available in two-packs for $17.99).

    Promising review: "I bought this to keep me focused during meetings when I need to 'bite my tongue' because people are being stupid OR needing to try and stay awake without coffee. Works like a charm! it is so discreet, no one has any idea I am fidgeting! Overall, up close, the ring looks a little cheap BUT it functions so well I don't mind. DEFINITELY A KEEPER!" —Alison @ work

    If you're not into the stones, you can also get a plain spinner band from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in sizes 4–12 and six colors).

    23. Pop an adjustable laptop stand onto your desk at home or work to convert it into a standing desk — without shelling out the big bucks. When you're feeling groggy, or your eyes start to close and your head starts to bob, just stand for a little bit to recharge!

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    Just use the two buttons on the sides to quickly convert to a standing desk. AND when you're not at your desk, you can take this with you to use as an in-bed laptop tray desk!

    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in two sizes and two colors).

    Promising review: "This is perfect. Fits perfectly on my traditional desk, is appropriately sized for my Mac, and is fully adjustable and collapsible. I work full time from home in a technology position so I spend HOURS on my computer. Really wanted a standing desk for health reasons but didn't want to give up my beautiful antique desk that I inherited from my Mom. This is a perfect compromise. Best part is it folds down at the end of my work day and I can tuck it away right under my desk! I heartily recommend this tabletop desk." —Joslin

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

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    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.

    25. 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.

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    Get it from Amazon for $39.99 (available in five 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

    26. 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.

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    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

    27. Keep track of your water intake by filling up a ~magical~ motivational water bottle. It has markers on the side (just refill it at 1 p.m.) so you can stay on track through the day. You might be surprised at how energized you feel when properly hydrated!

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    It has a removable filter so you can infuse your water with fruit — or just keep any ice from bumping against your chompers.

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99. If you're not into the Harry Potter graphics, check out their full selection of motivational water bottles!

    Promising review: "I love this water bottle!! It is bigger than the average water bottle so you don’t have to constantly refill and I love the little features. It comes with a carry strap (YES) and it is velvety to the touch. The lid even has a catch for the ice so you don’t have the frozen-teeth-of-doom thing. And best of all, as a Harry Potter nerd, the aguamenti graphic makes me almost as happy as the tiny wands that mark the times on the other side. Excellent bottle!" —Cristy Trevino

    28. Snack happy on Awake chocolates, adorable (and tasty) bars to reenergize your afternoon — each chunk has the same amount of caffeine as quarter a cup of coffee!

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    Get a pack of 12 bars from Amazon for $19.99 (available in four flavors).

    Promising review: "These bars actually work. If you don't feel like drinking a cup of coffee or tea, this is an alternate way to get a boost in energy. Buying them as a pack saves you money and a trip to campus. The best part about these bars is that they are really good. If you are a chocolate fan, I would definitely recommend these bars." —Britt

    29. And the best way to feel more awake? Sleep *better*! Check out our guide to 32 Things For Anyone Who's Still Awake At 3 A.M. Chanting "Go To Sleep!" for recommendations on products that'll actually help you get to sleep.

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    Like these PJs made of a moisture-wicking material that'll feel cool against your skin... and help you not wake up in a pool of sweat.

    Get them from Amazon for $19.88+ (available in sizes S–3X and 12 colors).

    Promising review: "After suffering with menopause night sweats waking up several times a night in a pool of sweat, these PJs were recommended to me. The PJs fit loosely. The material instantly cooled my body. At night it pulled the sweat from my body allowing me to have a good rest. I don't know where the fluid went but my sheets were not wet. I will be buying several more pairs." —jcwg

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