The Art of Waking Up
Set multiple alarms
I’ve been using this method recently to make sure I’m not late to my summer internship and have found it very effective. There’s nothing wrong with snoozing a little bit after your alarm. It’s just not possible for me to get out of bed immediately after my alarm goes off. I have to come to terms with the morning, if you will. Snooze is a fabulous invention, but I have been known to hit “off” instead of “snooze” when my alarm goes off. Whoops. In order to avoid this mishap, I set at least two alarms every morning, about ten or fifteen minutes apart. If I accidentally dismiss the first alarm, I have a back up alarm that will still wake me up on time.
Move your alarm clock out of reach
This is really an easy adjustment and helped me wake up for my early classes freshman year. If your alarm goes off on your bedside table, you can easily roll over and hit snooze or off and snuggle right back into bed. However, if you simply move your alarm to your desk or anywhere else across the room, you’ll have to get up in order to turn it off. Getting your feet out of bed is half the battle. If you’d rather try out a new gadget instead of using the same boring alarm clock, try the annoying yet inventive Clocky (about $50 at most places). Instead of just sitting at the opposite end of the room and beeping until you get up to turn it off, Clocky will literally roll off your bedside table and continue to go off until you get out of bed to come find it. Who knows what kind of places Clocky will lodge itself. The downside of the little rolling alarm? You might want to throw it (or yourself) out the window once you finally find it. The upside? Well, you’ll be awake, won’t you?
Get an alarm buddy
First semester freshman year, my suitemate and I both had the same early morning class. Every morning, she would make sure I was out of bed (I usually wasn’t). If you aren’t lucky enough to have a roommate with a class at the same time as you, you might have a friend living on your hall who is either leaving for or coming back from a class around the time you need to wake up. Ask a friend to knock on your door or throw pillows at you until you wake up. Be careful though. Relying on someone else as an alarm is risky since they may sleep through their alarm as well. It also isn’t their job to wake you up. But if you have a friend you can trust, forming a buddy alarm system isn’t a bad back up plan.
Try a completely new alarm clock
For some of you, a louder alarm might be all that you need. Search Amazon.com or your favorite electronic online outlet for “loud alarm clock” (duh) or even test out a few at a local gadget store. Most will cost you under $20. However, for the absolute dead sleepers, an air horn might not even be able to do the job. If you are one of these impossible morning people, do not fret. I have a solution for you too. A vibrating alarm includes a shaking component that you slip under your mattress. When the alarm goes off in the morning, it triggers the component to shake you awake. I know several people who have shaking alarms and they’ve never been let down. Again, check out Amazon or any other online electronic store for one of the vibrating alarms. These alarms tend to be slightly pricier than normal alarm clocks (ranging from $30 – $50), but if no other method of waking up works, this type of alarm clock may be just what you need.
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