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25 Things That’ll Help You Wake Up Earlier In 2018

The early bird catches the bus — and gets to work on time!

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1. An alarm that simulates the sunrise to make getting up a slightly more pleasant experience.

You can also use it as a dimmable nightlight!Promising review: "I got this alarm clock because currently I'm sleeping in a basement room with no windows (I promise it's not as depressing as it sounds) and was having a rough time waking up in the morning without the sun to give me an extra nudge toward consciousness. I was also dealing with some noisy upstairs neighbors and figured having a light-based alarm would allow me to sleep with earplugs and still get up on time, though I was nervous that I might not respond to the light. Turns out I'm super light sensitive, and this works great as a wake-up device. Even my dog (who also shares my windowless basement room) has learned what the light means." —LadybugGet it from Amazon for $101.99.
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You can also use it as a dimmable nightlight!

Promising review: "I got this alarm clock because currently I'm sleeping in a basement room with no windows (I promise it's not as depressing as it sounds) and was having a rough time waking up in the morning without the sun to give me an extra nudge toward consciousness. I was also dealing with some noisy upstairs neighbors and figured having a light-based alarm would allow me to sleep with earplugs and still get up on time, though I was nervous that I might not respond to the light. Turns out I'm super light sensitive, and this works great as a wake-up device. Even my dog (who also shares my windowless basement room) has learned what the light means." —Ladybug

Get it from Amazon for $101.99.

2. A programmable coffee maker so you can wake up to the smell of freshly made joe.

Program it before going to bed so the coffee's ready for you as soon as you get out of bed. It automatically shuts off after two hours!Promising review: "I reluctantly purchased this coffee maker because I never could find one that makes coffee that excites me. The ones I had before always tasted second best to the local offerings I could grab on the way to work. However, this gem makes terrific, flavorful coffee. I can now skip a morning run on the way to work with a drip maker this competent, and I love the aroma it fills my home with in the morning." —Jolie N.Get it from Amazon for $17.23 or Walmart for $18.04.
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Program it before going to bed so the coffee's ready for you as soon as you get out of bed. It automatically shuts off after two hours!

Promising review: "I reluctantly purchased this coffee maker because I never could find one that makes coffee that excites me. The ones I had before always tasted second best to the local offerings I could grab on the way to work. However, this gem makes terrific, flavorful coffee. I can now skip a morning run on the way to work with a drip maker this competent, and I love the aroma it fills my home with in the morning." —Jolie N.

Get it from Amazon for $17.23 or Walmart for $18.04.

3. A super-loud, vibrating alarm clock for people whose main concern is sleeping through their alarms. (Note: This won't wake you up gently, but it WILL wake you up.)

Promising review: "This alarm is no joke. I often find myself waking up before the alarm even goes off due to what I believe is almost fear. Imagine someone putting a jackhammer to your bed, and the loudest alarm you can imagine going off. If you can sleep through this then you may not be alive." —LoveAmazonAZGet it from Amazon (available in six colors), Jet, or Walmart for $29.56+.
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Promising review: "This alarm is no joke. I often find myself waking up before the alarm even goes off due to what I believe is almost fear. Imagine someone putting a jackhammer to your bed, and the loudest alarm you can imagine going off. If you can sleep through this then you may not be alive." —LoveAmazonAZ

Get it from Amazon (available in six colors), Jet, or Walmart for $29.56+.

4. An app that forces you to solve math problems to turn off the alarm. Unless you're a math whiz, that means no more snoozing for you.

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Available for iOS.

5. Printable morning and evening ritual planner sheets, so you can stick to a proper routine before bed and after you wake up.

You can print out as many of these as you want and add them to your planner!Promising review: "Simple but very effective and pretty, too! A keeper for my bullet journals!" —Jan CarlsonGet seven printable pages from IndigoPrintables on Etsy for $11.26.If you want an actual notebook, check out the best planners you can buy online.
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You can print out as many of these as you want and add them to your planner!

Promising review: "Simple but very effective and pretty, too! A keeper for my bullet journals!" —Jan Carlson

Get seven printable pages from IndigoPrintables on Etsy for $11.26.

If you want an actual notebook, check out the best planners you can buy online.

6. An insulated tumbler (with a lid) to fill with ice water and keep on your nightstand. Take a sip when you first wake up and you'll immediately feel more alert.

Drinking water first thing in the morning will also jump-start your metabolism!Promising review: "If you are a 'buy it for life' kind of person, buy this! I take medicine at night and in the morning, and I don't like to have to get out of bed to grab water in the morning, so I fill this cup with cold water at night and put a lid on it. Guess what? That water stays cold for eight hours." —Moosebunny Get it from Amazon for $26.75 (available in three sizes and five colors) or Jet for $24.50 (available in three colors).
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Drinking water first thing in the morning will also jump-start your metabolism!

Promising review: "If you are a 'buy it for life' kind of person, buy this! I take medicine at night and in the morning, and I don't like to have to get out of bed to grab water in the morning, so I fill this cup with cold water at night and put a lid on it. Guess what? That water stays cold for eight hours." —Moosebunny

Get it from Amazon for $26.75 (available in three sizes and five colors) or Jet for $24.50 (available in three colors).

7. A waterproof speaker that'll motivate you to jump into the shower so you can listen to your favorite music/podcast.

It has a suction cup, so you can stick it on the wall!Promising review: "I keep it in my shower, and it is very loud! Great way to get moving in the morning!" —Jonathan MoyeGet it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four colors).
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It has a suction cup, so you can stick it on the wall!

Promising review: "I keep it in my shower, and it is very loud! Great way to get moving in the morning!" —Jonathan Moye

Get it from Amazon for $24.99+ (available in four colors).

8. A remote-controlled drapery rod, so you can open the curtains and let some light in with the push of a button. Good luck falling back asleep with the sun shining directly in your face!

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Promising review: "My husband loves to pick up the remote and open the curtains when friends come over like it's a magic trick. Still looking/working great. I'd recommend it." —Shawna

Get it from Wayfair or Walmart for $95.99 or All Modern for $115.99 (available in two colors).

9. A Fitbit Charge 2, because it has a silent vibrating alarm that'll wake you up without disturbing your roommate/SO.

It also tracks and analyzes your sleep patterns and allows you to set a bedtime reminder!Promising review: "Quite the upgrade from my original fitness monitor I received as a gift a few years ago. Easy to use and record exercises. The silent alarm works great as well so as not to wake up your significant other when you have different wake-up times. Also, a huge fan of the weekly progress reports that show improvements or areas that are not improving. I will definitely purchase another when the time comes." —KM33Get it from Amazon, Jet, or Walmart for $129+ (available in two sizes and four colors).
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It also tracks and analyzes your sleep patterns and allows you to set a bedtime reminder!

Promising review: "Quite the upgrade from my original fitness monitor I received as a gift a few years ago. Easy to use and record exercises. The silent alarm works great as well so as not to wake up your significant other when you have different wake-up times. Also, a huge fan of the weekly progress reports that show improvements or areas that are not improving. I will definitely purchase another when the time comes." —KM33

Get it from Amazon, Jet, or Walmart for $129+ (available in two sizes and four colors).

10. An annoying but effective app that makes you get up and take a photo of a designated place in your home in order to turn off the alarm.

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It also has a shake mode (shake the phone a number of times to turn off alarm) and a math mode (solve math problems to turn off alarm).

Available for Android.

11. A light therapy lamp to help you feel more awake and energized on those dark winter mornings when you just can't seem to get out of bed.

This lamp mimics natural light without the harmful UV rays!Promising review: "I've been very pleased with my Verilux HappyLight. It has made it much easier for me to get out of bed in the mornings. It gets me past that lying in bed ruminating stage and makes me want to get the day started. And that's great!" —AmyGet it from Amazon for $89.95.
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This lamp mimics natural light without the harmful UV rays!

Promising review: "I've been very pleased with my Verilux HappyLight. It has made it much easier for me to get out of bed in the mornings. It gets me past that lying in bed ruminating stage and makes me want to get the day started. And that's great!" —Amy

Get it from Amazon for $89.95.

12. A breakfast sandwich maker, because you're more likely to get up if you know you'll get a delicious treat as a reward.

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This handy gadget makes a sandwich in five minutes!

Promising review: "Perfect for breakfast. I actually look forward to getting up now!" —Teresa L

Get it from Amazon (available in three colors), Jet, or Walmart for $23.85.

13. An alarm clock that doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, so you can listen to an energetic morning playlist after shutting off the alarm.

Promising review: "I needed a loud alarm as I'm hard of hearing and have trouble waking up on time. I'm glad I bought this unit as it is as loud as I needed. The Bluetooth speaker when connected to my phone sounds loud and has a lot of bass. It looks nice with its mirrored display. I can adjust the brightness, too. It's chargeable, and it shows battery life. I turned it off, and when I turned it back on, it didn't lose its programmed time. Now it looks more elegant than anything in my room, lol." —Jigc23Get it from Amazon for $38.98.
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Promising review: "I needed a loud alarm as I'm hard of hearing and have trouble waking up on time. I'm glad I bought this unit as it is as loud as I needed. The Bluetooth speaker when connected to my phone sounds loud and has a lot of bass. It looks nice with its mirrored display. I can adjust the brightness, too. It's chargeable, and it shows battery life. I turned it off, and when I turned it back on, it didn't lose its programmed time. Now it looks more elegant than anything in my room, lol." —Jigc23

Get it from Amazon for $38.98.

14. A pack of to-do sticky notes to fill in the night before and keep on your nightstand. When you see it in the morning, you'll realize that you really don't have time to be sleeping in.

Get it from Knock Knock for $6 or Amazon for $14.31.
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Get it from Knock Knock for $6 or Amazon for $14.31.

15. A pretty garment rack for planning out the next day's outfit (or even outfits for the whole week), so you can look forward to getting dressed in the morning.

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You'll also get ready faster because you won't have to dig through your entire closet. This rack has wheels, so you can easily move it around!

Promising review: "Love this rack. Bought it for a small guest bedroom, and it is surprisingly sturdy. Super easy to put together (took me about five minutes) and much bigger than I expected. Will be purchasing another for our other guest room." —Elizabeth

Get it from Amazon or Walmart for $31.26 or Jet for $31.67.

16. A pair of fuzzy slippers, because just the thought of your bare feet touching the cold floor is enough to make you recoil back under the covers. No more!

Promising review: "I love these slippers so much! I have hardwood floors throughout my home, and these keep my feet comfy without scratching my floors! I also live in a cold state, so these are keeping my feet cozy and warm! The inside 'fur' feels so soft against my feet! I am in love! They are high quality without the high cost!" —Stel82Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes 7–10.5 and four colors).
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Promising review: "I love these slippers so much! I have hardwood floors throughout my home, and these keep my feet comfy without scratching my floors! I also live in a cold state, so these are keeping my feet cozy and warm! The inside 'fur' feels so soft against my feet! I am in love! They are high quality without the high cost!" —Stel82

Get them from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in sizes 7–10.5 and four colors).

17. An app that'll repeatedly nag you to go to bed on time. After all, the best way to get up earlier is to go to bed earlier and get good rest.

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You can even compete with your friends and family to see who slept more!

Available for iOS.

18. A natural essential oil spray to spritz on your face as soon as you open your eyes. The zesty citrus scent will leave you feeling invigorated, and you won't want to crawl back into bed.

Get it from Anthropologie for $25 (available in six blends).
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Get it from Anthropologie for $25 (available in six blends).

19. A Bluetooth light bulb you can control via any smart device. You can program it to turn on at a certain hour every morning.

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It can turn into pretty much any color you want!

Promising review: "Does everything it advertises. I use it in my bedroom for soft light to wake up to and go to sleep to. I use the sunrise timer which really does help me wake up in the morning. Played with it a bit when we first got it and loved the other aspects of it as well — all the colors, the fade from one color to the next, etc. The programming is in the bulb and not stored on the cell phone —

once it's programmed, you don't have to keep it connected to the cell phone." —M. Rinehart

Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in six styles).

20. A body wash in a refreshing rosemary and lemongrass scent. It smells so amazing, you'll literally leap out of the bed and into the shower.

Promising review: "I really like this product. It has a nice smell, and it cleans my skin very well without leaving a dry feeling." —KATYAGet it from Anthropologie for $18 or Amazon for $20.
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Promising review: "I really like this product. It has a nice smell, and it cleans my skin very well without leaving a dry feeling." —KATYA

Get it from Anthropologie for $18 or Amazon for $20.

21. A two-minute journal to get you thinking and in a positive mood as soon as you get up. It's also something to look forward to every morning.

Promising review: "I purchased this for myself at a bookstore, then purchased two more for my coworker and my mom. High quality with simple prompts (What are you going to let go of? What are you grateful for? What are you going to focus on?). Love this little book. Excellent choice for those who want the meditation of journaling but can't seem to commit to a longer free-form journaling style." —ScottGet it from Amazon for $11.80.
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Promising review: "I purchased this for myself at a bookstore, then purchased two more for my coworker and my mom. High quality with simple prompts (What are you going to let go of? What are you grateful for? What are you going to focus on?). Love this little book. Excellent choice for those who want the meditation of journaling but can't seem to commit to a longer free-form journaling style." —Scott

Get it from Amazon for $11.80.

22. A cute and cozy robe so you can't make excuses for staying in bed, like, "It's too cold to get up."

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Get them from ModCloth: the breakfast robe for $35 (available in sizes S/M–L/XL) and the astronaut robe for $39 (available in sizes XS–3X).

23. A misting bottle for spraying your face with water, because desperate times call for desperate measures. If this doesn't get you up, I don't know what will.

Promising review: "Exactly what I wanted, with just a mist and not a dripping squirt or stream. Perfect to touch up my curly hair, mist on the face, or anything where you want just a light mist. Other products say they mist, but this one really does! Great product!" —KLGet it from Amazon for $7.70 or Walmart for $8.55.
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Promising review: "Exactly what I wanted, with just a mist and not a dripping squirt or stream. Perfect to touch up my curly hair, mist on the face, or anything where you want just a light mist. Other products say they mist, but this one really does! Great product!" —KL

Get it from Amazon for $7.70 or Walmart for $8.55.

24. A highly rated app that analyzes your sleep cycle and wakes you up in the lightest sleep phase — the natural way to wake up feeling rested and relaxed.

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Available for iOS and Android.

25. An adorable print to hang near the bed, so you'll be greeted by happy breakfast foods first thing in the morning.

Get it from Teo Zirinis on Society6 for $18.99+ (available in four sizes).
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Get it from Teo Zirinis on Society6 for $18.99+ (available in four sizes).

Or, get your own little Nemo!

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Reviews here have been edited for length and/or clarity.