We all know how hard it can be to wake up early for school… If you’re anything like me, you might have a bad habit of hitting snooze way too many times! And if you’re not careful, that can lead to being late or completely missing class.
With some of us having our clinical as early as 5 am, it seems nearly impossible to get up that early! But I promise you, it is doable if you set a routine and follow these tips!
Start your new routine as soon as possible.
You should start your new sleep routine as soon as you can! Or at the very least, a week before school starts. Let yourself ease into your new habit. Each day, aim to go to bed slightly earlier than the last. Set your alarm to wake up 15 to 20 minutes earlier than the day before until you reach your goal.
Expert tip: Use my one-week planner page to schedule your sleep and wake-up time. It’s an easy way to keep yourself on track to reach your sleep goals.
Aim to get enough sleep so you can wake up early for school feeling refreshed instead of tired.
Make sure to set a realistic goal for yourself! Ask yourself, “What time do I need to go to bed and wake up to have enough time to get ready? Keep in mind that the recommended amount of sleep for adults is between 7-9 hours per night!
And you might not be able to get that much sleep every night, but you should set your goals as close as you can. Because if you’re not sleeping long enough, it’s going to be hard for you to focus in school.
Not to mention that lack of sleep can cause some negative health effects!
Get your things together the night before.
Have your clothes laid out and ready the night before. Pack your bag with books, school supplies, and anything else. Make your lunch and leave your lunch kit in the fridge. Do whatever you can ahead of time! I’ll make your morning less of a hassle and that much easier to wake up early for school.
No one wants to get out of bed when there are so many things to do to get ready. You can enjoy more of your morning and start the day off right if you prepare the night before!
Wake up at (or around) the same time every day. Be consistent!
Routines are much easier to stick to and happen faster when you stay consistent! Aim to wake up every day at the same time. Before you know it, you’ll be waking up naturally before your alarm clock goes off.
That’s because your body is in tune with its sleep cycle. Set a goal to wake up at or around the same time (within an hour) even on your off days to keep your habit going strong.
It’s a trap! Say NO to the snooze button.
It can be a challenge to wake up early for school, so hitting the snooze will be tempting! But if you let yourself fall into its trap and hit that snooze, you risk oversleeping!
I don’t know about you, but EVERY TIME I hit the snooze button, I end up waking up way later than I wanted to! And then I’m in a rush. Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room if you have to! That way you’ll be forced to get out of bed to turn it off.
Roll out of bed right away and don’t go back!
And once you’re out of bed, don’t let yourself go back! Because you know you’re going to fall back asleep and end up being late.
The hardest part is getting out of bed, so just get it over with and get up! When you get back in bed, you make yourself do the hardest part all over again… which is getting out of bed!
Let the sunshine in! Draw back the curtains and turn on those lights.
Light is a natural indicator to our bodies that it’s time to wake up! It’s important to expose yourself to light as soon as you can to start feeling more awake and alert. If the sun will be out by the time you wake up, you can leave your blinds open or draw back the curtains.
Avoid using blackout curtains if you can! But if it’s still dark outside when you wake up, turn on all the lights. You can also buy a timer for your lights and can set a time for them to turn, which can help you get out of bed and wake up early for school.
Sun won’t be up when you are? Try a sunrise alarm clock.
Do you have to wake up for school or clinical way before sunrise? Then you can try out one of these cool alarm clocks that simulate natural sunlight. I found this one on Amazon that’s highly rated!
- Brightens slowly, starting 30 mins before your wake-up time.
- 7 changing colors.
- Natural alarm sounds (like rain).
- 2 alarm times.
- Built-in radio.
Automatic coffee makers + breakfast!
The one thing that always gets me out of bed is waking up to freshly brewed coffee! And admittedly, I just might be an addict… But I HATE getting out of bed to make coffee and waiting for it to brew.
So I bought myself a Mr. Coffee! I set him up the night before with water and coffee grinds, and set it to brew right before my alarm. That way I can jump right out of bed and grab my cup of coffee. No waiting is required. That’s my morning motivation!
And even if you don’t have time to cook a full breakfast, you should grab some fruit, a yogurt, or a granola bar to take with you! Or you might want to make some overnight oats.
Create a routine that excites you.
Have something to be excited about when you wake up! Getting out of bed will be much easier if you have something to look forward to.
Below are some ideas to get you started! Choose the things you will realistically have time for and enjoy doing or will look forward to in the morning. Some days you might have more time than others. Feel free to change up your routine as needed.
- Wash your face.
- Skincare routine.
- Do yoga.
- Get your blood pumping with a workout.
- Read a book.
- Focus on yourself.
- Have “me time”.
- Watch the news.
- Spend time with your significant other.
- Enjoy a hot cup of coffee.
- Self-care and makeup routine.
- Watch the sunrise.
- Walk your dog.
For me, the early morning is the perfect time to study and focus on my personal goals. (after a cup of coffee, of course!) It’s also a great time for clear thinking and journaling too!