I'm Not A Morning Person So I Tried All The Hacks For Getting Up Early; Here's What Actually Worked
One thing worked really, really well.
Hello! I'm Stephanie and you probably don't know this about me, but I *really* love sleeping.
If I *had* to choose a bane of my existence, it would be my alarm clock. Every morning I hear the jingle ascend from my phone and into my eardrums. I hate it.
So for one week I decided I would try different methods on the internet to see if any of them would help combat my temptation to prolong my sleep. The goal: Don't hit the snooze at least ONE morning. Easy enough, right? Here's what happened:
Day One: The "Sheer Will" method.
I figure I need a baseline. This is basically where I try with all of my might to not hit the snooze button. It can't be that hard, right? I should be able to just *not* click that little wily temptress of a button.
The Result: When there is no will, I can absolutely guarantee there is no way.
Day Two: The "Socially Distanced Alarm Clock" method.
This method entails that I put my phone away from me at night so I have to physically get up to actually turn off my phone (or hit the snooze) in the morning.
The Result: I realized I'm really good at walking across the room and...then back to bed for another snooze.
(I also felt the judgment on this day.)
Day Three: The "Other Senses" Method
This method involves you engaging another one of your senses to wake yourself up. For this, I decided to bring my light therapy lamp from my home office into the bedroom. It doesn't have an actual alarm on it, so I just turned it on immediately after my alarm went off.
The Result: Holy bright light, it WORKED. 👀
Day Four: The "Reason to Wake Up" Method
Apparently, if you plan something fun to do in the morning, you're more likely to get up and not hit the snooze button. So for this, I scheduled a morning run with my fiancé. (It's something we do often, but not as soon as I wake up.)
The Result: Wellllll.... I snoozed.
Day Five: The "Get Physical" method.
For this method, you should hop out of bed and jump around to a song you really like.
The Result: I *did* snooze once, but managed to crawl out of bed and get my jiggy on to motive by Ariana Grande.
Day Six: The "Go To Sleep Earlier" method.
Logic states that if you go to sleep earlier, you'd wake up earlier. It makes total sense. This should be easy peazy.
The Result: I underestimated my ability to sleep for an excessive amount of time. Instead of an 8-hour sleep, I slept for 9 *and* hit the snooze like I usually do.
Day Seven: The "An Insane Amount of Alarms" method.
This method tells you to place a bunch of different alarms around the house to force you to wake up and turn them all off. Since we have a two-story apartment I placed one in the bedroom (obviously), the bathroom upstairs, the Alexa in the living room, *and* I even put one in the basement.