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I think that if there is one thing that everyone can agree on, it’s that there are few things in the world that are worse than an alarm clock. Unless it’s to remind you that your delicious homemade cookies are finished baking to perfection, they typically only serve one other purpose, to remind you that you have to do something that you more than likely don’t want to do. And nobody likes being told what to do, especially when that thing requires you getting out of bed, being an adult and accomplishing things.

 

Well here are a few things that you can do to make hitting the snooze button a little bit harder.

 

Be Prepared


Admit it, you have woken up to the sound of your alarm only to convince yourself that you can totally skip packing that salad you planned to make for lunch today just so you can get 15 more minutes of snooze time. Only to completely regret that decision when you have to pay $10 for a restaurant salad from down the street. Take the time to prep your lunch at night before you hit the sheets. That will allow you to minimize the amount of time you need in the morning and set that alarm a little later – which will only allow you enough time to do necessary things, so you’ll have no other choice but to drag your lazy butt out of bed.

 

Get Motivated


It would be great if we all had awesome jobs with supportive bosses or a general life situation where we can’t wait to get up and get to work. But unfortunately that’s not always the reality for most, and that can make it hard to get out of bed in the morning. Instead, concentrate on little motivations to help you rise and grind every morning: like being able to enjoy an extra cup of coffee while watching the morning news, an early morning workout or time to make a to-do list to conquer the day!

 

Get Techy and Track Your Sleep


If you are sick and tired of being rudely awaken by your alarm in the middle of a glorious dream, this idea is for you. Invest in a sleep tracking app or band. Most of the fitness bands in the market today have an alarm built in that monitors your moments during the night and learns your sleep patterns and wakes you up at the optimal time in your REM cycle.

 

Morning Tunes


Here is an idea, switch things up and try picking your own tune to wake up to. Download something calming so you aren’t jerked into reality by phone-engineered church bells or whatever other terrible default alarm sounds comes on you smart phone.

 

Consistency is Key


One of the tricky things about being both a Responsible Adult with a 9-to-5 schedule and a Young Adult with a social calendar is merging the two lives. You spend your weeks either buried in your text books for school or building your career, but you still want to go out on the weekends. But switching between getting up at 6 a.m. on the weekdays and rolling out of bed for a noon brunch with your friends on the weekends can hurt your sleeping. Try your best to keep a consistent schedule. Your body will naturally learn what time to wake up, and a regular schedule will help to improve the quality of sleep your getting each night.

 

Get a Good Night’s Sleep!


Okay, I know it seems a little obvious, but the best way to make waking up in the morning easier is by making sure to get enough sleep. Most people can survive on 7 to 8 hours each night, but everyone is different. If you know you need a solid 7 hours sleep to not be a zombie at work on Monday morning, don’t fool yourself by thinking you can stay up until 2 a.m. on a Netflix binge. Your body with thank you if you go to sleep on time!

 

Move Your Alarm


And if all else fails, move your alarm (admit it, it’s your phone) across the room so you have to physically remove yourself from your warm and cozy bed to turn it off.