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Getting out from under the covers is one of the hardest fights to win. The blankets have accepted you as one of their own and you certainly don’t want to hurt their feelings by leaving, right? Well, unfortunately for most of us, we do need to get up out of bed and go to work or drive someone to school or get food together and go on with our daily lives as if our bed wasn’t calling to us longingly as we closed the door behind ourselves. If you’re anything like me, you’ll need a few of these tips to help you deal with mornings better.

  1. Get Enough Sleep. This is the one that we see over and over. The problem is, this isn’t always possible. Many of us have work obligations, family obligations, or sometimes even pets that won’t let us sleep for more than an hour at a time. The correct amount of sleep is extremely important, though, and you need to do your best to get it. If you’re having trouble sleeping, talk to a doctor about what options you may have to help you get those extra “Z”s that you’re missing out on.
  2. Unplug. While those last few twitter updates may be hilarious, it has been shown that blue light which emits from most electronics can disrupt your sleep cycle. This means that you either need to find something which cuts down on blue light or spend about an hour before bed not looking at electronic screens. Try getting your lunch together for the next day, laying your clothes out, or reading a good paper copy of a book.
  3. Stay Awake. If you wake up a few minutes before your alarm, it can be tempting to close your eyes and try to get a few extra minutes. This, however, is not a good idea. If you woke up spontaneously, that means that you were in a light sleep cycle and falling back asleep may make it more difficult to get up.

Mornings are terrible and I dislike them as much as, if not more than, the next person. However, most of us don’t have the luxury of waking up at our leisure and lying in bed for hours. Follow these steps so you can retire early and do just that.

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