11 Ways To Make The Most Of Every Morning

Lots of people set the alarm with the best of intentions, knowing that’s the time they need to get up to meet the day’s demands. But then the alarm clock seems to ring far before they’re ready to rise, so they’re hitting snooze and, eventually, running late. Something’s got to give. The key lies inside your body.

“An important factor in being able to wake up easily at the desired time in the morning is the timing of one’s circadian rhythm, or ‘body clock,'” says sleep researcher Leon C. Lack, Ph.D., a professor in the school of psychology at Flinders University in Adelaide, Australia.

Much of what you need to do to wake up on time starts by planning your sleep schedule the day and the evening before –- and by making your mornings count.

Know Why You Want To Wake Up

Michelle Segar, Ph.D., a healthy living expert and motivation scientist at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, says that to make any change in your life stick, including waking up on time, you need to clearly define why it’s important to you. What’s your motivation? Do you want to get up in time to have breakfast with your family, get in some exercise, or just have a few moments of reflection to be better prepared for your day? Maybe you’re just tired of the stress of running late every morning. Once you crystallize your reasons, take a second step and tell your family or roommates about the change you want to make. Accountability helps as much as an alarm clock.

Rethink Mornings

Now that you’re clear about what you want to do when you wake up and what it takes to get more sleep, consider trimming down your morning activities. This could let you set the alarm clock for a —> Read More