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    25 Things That’ll Help You Wake Up Earlier In 2020

    Who knows? 2020 might be the year that you finally become a morning person.

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    1. 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." —Scott

    Get it from Amazon for $15.26.

    2. A cute and cozy robe so you can't make excuses like, "It's too cold to get up."

    Promising review: "This is perfect! Just what I expected. The fit is true to size and comes with a tie so you can make it as tight or loose as you want it. The material is of good quality and perfect as you get out of the shower. It is very soft and doesn't feel cheap at all. Doesn't take long before you start to feel warm with this on. The animal ear hoodie part is just the cutest." —Essence

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes S–L and three colors).

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


    Read our full review of the Philips wake-up light alarm clock!

    Here's an excerpt: "I've been using this alarm + bedside lamp combo since last October, and I can't understate how wonderful it is to wake up ~peacefully~ every morning...and fall asleep more easily every night. There are only two alarm sound options: a radio station of your choice and a set of 'gentle wake-up sounds' that seemed a little too peaceful to actually get me out of bed.

    I've never needed that backup alarm. Here's why: No matter what the sun is doing that day, I get a sunrise in my room, perfectly timed to my schedule. The sounds help a little, but the light does most of the work. It starts getting brighter, slowly, before the alarm goes off, which my body reads as the beginnings of the sunrise. By the time the birds start singing, I'm already most of the way awake, and the light's bright enough that (after a few minutes scrolling through my phone) I just...get out of bed." —Natalie Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $112.28.

    4. Or, 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.)


    You can also use the vibration feature alone and don't worry, the volume is adjustable.

    Promising review: "This alarm clock has succeeded where many have failed. I have had severe issues waking up to an alarm for years now and had tried nearly every trick in the book. After many failed attempts at solving my stubborn sleeping habit, I finally found this product. The alarm clock's ear-piercing noise can usually wake me up by itself, but when you add to it the mattress vibrating mechanism, it is a sure thing. I've had the clock going on three months and haven't overslept a single day. There have been no problems with the clock whatsoever. If you can't seem to get out of bed in the morning, or repeatedly hit snooze on your current alarm clock without even recalling doing so, then this is the product for you. It may be a little pricey for an alarm clock, but it is worth every penny." —MDC

    Get it from Amazon for $33.62+ (available in seven colors).

    5. A pair of leggings to keep by your bedside — put them on first thing in the morning and start a yoga sesh, head out the door for a run, or walk the dog. You'll feel awake as soon as you get moving!

    Promising review: "The best leggings/yoga pants ever! I have owned $80 leggings before and these put them to shame. They are thick but still breathable and work in all temps. They are extremely stretchy. Cannot see through them at all. They work well for going to class, working out, and dressing up. I can wear them for two days in a row (assuming I'm not getting sweaty), and they still look perfect. I will never buy a different brand of leggings so long as these are available to purchase. They have the diamond in the crotch so I never worry about them tearing while working out. I have recommended these to multiple people." —Margaret F.

    Get them from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in sizes XS–XXL and 19 colors).

    This is our cheap pick for the best leggings on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    6. A small but mighty space heater so you're not tempted to stay in bed all day because your apartment is freezing.

    Promising review: "I cannot handle how sturdy and steadfast this powerful little heater is. It easily warms my little apartment, does not overheat, and is cute and little. I would not call it quiet, however, as it does produce a pretty loud fan sound — however, I actually find it soothing." —J Fu

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

    7. A rosemary and lemongrass-scented body wash — it smells so amazing, you'll literally leap out of the bed and into the shower.


    Get it from Anthropologie for $12.60.

    8. 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!

    I recently treated myself to a pair of these and they are the SOFTEST slippers I've ever had the pleasure of wearing — I never want to take them off. They also look much more expensive than they are. If you don't want to splurge on Ugg slippers or just prefer a vegan slipper option, I highly recommend these as an alternative.

    Promising review: "My feet are always cold in the winter and these fur-lined slippers are heavenly. The lining is so soft and warm, and the slipper material is a beautiful suede-like material. They are well-made with quality stitching. I like the rubber soles so they will last longer and I can wear them outside to get my mail." —O'Hara Family

    Get them from Amazon for $16.99 (available in women's sizes 7–11 and three colors).

    9. A programmable coffee maker for waking up to the smell of freshly made joe.


    This 14-cup coffee maker automatically shuts off after two hours.

    Promising review: "My fiancé and I purchased this coffeemaker to simplify our mornings, and we’ve had it for a year now. It works just as well now as the first time we used it, the programmable feature is very reliable. My fiancé is a baker, and wakes up at 4 a.m. or earlier for work. Being able to wake up and have coffee together in the mornings without taking the time to prepare it has been a godsend. We use this one to two times a day. With regular cleaning, it’s in great shape. The heating element keeps your coffee at the perfect temperature for two hours after brewing, and depending on the amount of coffee left, it will hold warmth for another half hour easy. We recently moved to a larger apartment and this is one of the only appliances we haven’t replaced. I’ve recommended this coffee machine to my sister, my coworker and his wife, and many others. Hands down one of our best Amazon purchases." —Braelynn

    Get it from Amazon for $31.57.

    10. Or, a cold brew maker so you know delicious coffee is waiting for you in the fridge. You can prepare it the day before so there's zero effort required in the morning.

    Maitland Quitmeyer / BuzzFeed

    Read our review of the Tayeka cold brew maker!

    Promising review: "I have completely given up Starbucks after buying this. This is great if you love cold brew. It does take a while to figure out your personal specifics to suit your tastes but once you do, it’s awesome! To clean, you just run it through the dishwasher. If you’re a serious coffee drinker, this is a great way to save money!" —Julie Schwartz

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99 (available in two sizes).

    11. 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 hit snooze again.


    Get it from Anthropologie for $17.50+ (available in three blends).

    12. A waterproof speaker that'll motivate you to jump into the shower and listen to your favorite podcast or morning playlist.

    Promising review: "We've had this for a few months now and it's been awesome. The sound is amazing for the size, good bass, and battery life is longer than what we expected. Easy to use, easy to connect, and easy to charge. We mostly use it for the bathroom (while in shower, cleaning, or getting ready) but we've taken it outside when we've been working on projects and it works great for us. For the price, honestly I'm amazed! We charge it once a week and use it every another day for about an hour." —D dot O

    Get it from Amazon for $25.99+ (available in four colors).

    13. 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.


    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: "This is a fabulous item! It came with easy to read instructions and all the necessary tools for assembly. It looks crisp and is extremely lightweight and easy to move. Would definitely buy again!" —Oran Kaufman

    Get it from Amazon for $39.94.

    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 Amazon for $8.95.

    15. An adorable print so you'll be greeted by happy breakfast foods first thing in the morning.

    Teo Zirinis / Society6

    Get it from Teo Zirinis on Society6 for $20.99+ (available in four sizes).

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

    Google Play

    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).

    Promising review: "I’ve never been able to be a morning person, even though I have dreams of being so. I’ve had to try many different alarm clocks because, well, my body seems to find a way to turn off every single alarm while I’m still half-asleep. Nothing has worked for me. However, I found this app about a month or two ago and have been using it every single morning. It’s extremely unique, and well, it’s a life-changer for me.

    I love the fact that you can set missions for your alarms, not to mention there’s a selection. I also love the little news board in the app. I’ll set a gentle tone for when I want to wake up, and set a mission like the memory game or math problems (I have to switch them up). Then I’ll set a second annoying alarm for around two to five minutes after my first one that requires me to get out of bed and scan an object in my kitchen. I’ll make myself scan things that I enjoy, like my box of English or Irish breakfast tea, and it gives me a reason to stay awake. Not to mention that reading a quick horoscope or news article in the morning helps my mind to get a jump start!

    It’s just overall really great, and customizable. There’s really something for everyone on this app, from the lightest sleeping morning bird to the heavy sleeping night owl. It’s helped me so much. Take this advice from someone who turns their alarm across the room off in their sleep every morning. This app is my lifesaver." —AngelGamer1224🎮

    Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free.

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

    Hamilton Beach

    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 for $24.99 (available in four colors).

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

    Each tumbler comes with a straw lid and a flip lid for both cold and hot beverages.

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough great things about this cup. It works just as great as a Yeti without the price tag. I put some ice and water in this through the night, I woke up, and the ice was just as it was when I put it in. If you're iffy about this, get it. You won’t regret. Best purchase ever." —Loretta

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in five sizes and 45 colors/patterns).

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

    IndigoPrintables / Etsy

    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 $9.

    20. A Bluetooth light bulb that can be programmed to turn on at a certain hour every morning via any smart device.


    It can turn into pretty much any color you want.

    Promising review: "My bedroom setup has very little natural light, so the sunrise alarm works perfectly for me. I've set alarms so that they come on slowly in the mornings, automatically turn off soon after I leave for work, and also automatically turn off later in the evening so I don't stay up too late on the week days. I'm not a morning person, so these bulbs make getting up and getting out the door so much simpler. Plus, they are good for other things, like when I want to watch movies or play video games and can turn them to a dim red light as to not have a distracting glare on the screen." —Martin

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    21. A portable personal blender for treating yourself to a delish smoothie after your morning workout session. It's cordless and rechargeable so you can blend your ingredients on the go and drink straight from the jar.

    The 14-ounce blending jar is dishwasher-safe for easy cleaning.

    Promising review: "I use it for my shakes when I go to work. I am not much of a breakfast person so I make shakes to force myself to eat in the morning. I have put all kinds of produce, juice, and seeds in this bad boy and it blends it right up. I will stress do pay attention to the fruit size and ice size. It’s still a small blender. It also holds a really nice charge. I charge mine every four days and I only use it once a day. It is dishwasher-safe, so I give it a good rinse and run it through the dishwasher. It’s pretty lightweight, too. Not too heavy to carry around with you all day. It’s really convenient and a great price point." —danielle

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99+ (available in four colors).

    22. 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!" —Amy

    Get it from Amazon for $59.95 (also available in a smaller size).

    23. A Yes To Coconut scrub and cleanser stick made with coffee so you can look awake in the morning even before having your cup of joe. It'll provide just the right amount of exfoliation without being too harsh or drying, thanks to coconut oil in the formula.

    It's also perfect for traveling!

    Promising review: "I bought this to try on my body just to find out what the craze was with the sticks and ended up using it on my face as well. This product is amazing!!! My skin doesn’t break out from it and it actually cleans deeper into my pores than I expected and it even made my pores look smaller! I have combination type skin and my face isn’t left feeling oily and doesn’t get oily by the end of the day either. I recommend this product!" —Debs

    Get it from Amazon for $8.32.

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

    iTunes Store

    Promising review: "You remember that one time you woke up feeling like a goddamn champion? Barely ever happens because your deeper sleep stages become longer every time you go back to that stage — this thing wakes you up before you go back, which helps you wake up lightly instead of feeling like you need another four hours. I would say it’s at the very least worth around $10 to me." —Jofirstreview

    Get it from the iTunes Store or the Google Play Store for free (in-app purchases available).

    25. A helpful book with actual tips on how to get up earlier and live your most productive life — it just might turn you into a morning person.


    Promising review: "This book really did change my life. I used to just sleep in as much as I could in the morning because I was constantly on the go, busy with everything, and mornings just seemed like valuable sleep time to me. I honestly am so much more efficient now it’s unbelievable. I have more time now than I ever did, and I've really organized my life by making the most of my mornings. Highly recommend getting this even if you’re skeptical because it will change your life." —Mrs. Acklin

    Get it from Amazon for $17.96 (or read for free with Kindle Unlimited).

    This is you in 2019...


    ...and this will be you in 2020!


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

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