Getting Up Earlier as a College Student

Finding time to get enough sleep as a college student can be tricky.  Between staying up late to study and getting up early for class, it’s easy to miss out those much needed Z’s.  Although setting your clocks back an hour can certainly help, Daylight Savings time can mess with your internal clock and make you even more sleepy than normal.

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With winter well on its way, you will need every spare minute you have in the morning to bundle up for your morning commute.  If you struggle with snoozing or find it tough to make it to your 9am class, it might be time to take a closer look at your sleep schedule before we’re waking up in the dark. Here are some pointers to consider before you go buy alarm clocks in bulk.

Map out your Motivation!

Why do you want to be up so early?  Knowing your plan for the morning can be a great motivator, especially on days when you need to rise earlier than normal. If you know why you NEED need to wake up, you are less likely to let that snooze button take over. Write out your morning priorities on a sticky note and attach it to your alarm clock or cell phone, so it’s the first thing you see upon waking up.  A visual prompt to put those feet on the floor and attack your to-do list will remind you why you set your alarm so early in the first place!

Moving into early riser status slowly.

Start going to bed ten minutes earlier and waking up ten minutes earlier. Make it 15 if you are daring. Master that routine in as much time as it takes.  Once this feels normal, shift your bedtime and morning alarm 10 minutes more.  Continue this until you are going to bed and waking up at desirable times (making sure, of course, that you are getting at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep each night).   Soon, oversleeping will be a mistake of the past, and you’ll feel more refreshed throughout the day.  

Get quality sleep.

There may be a few lifestyle changes you can make to get better sleep. That coffee you have to power through your night time studies, eating your roommates candy as a late night snack, binge watching action tv in bed,  leaving the tv on when you sleep, and using your phone/any screen within the 2 hours before bed can all contribute to poor sleep quality.  Read more about how different lighting can affect sleep quality. http://ow.ly/UlD5m

Looking for more info on waking up early? Dive into these articles:

-13 ways to wake up early even if you’re a night owl

-Tricks to waking up in the morning

-Zen Habits

You will be ready to wake up early in no time! Early to bed, early to rise. Good Luck with the implementation #Badgers 🙂

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