I’m definitely a morning person, so I may not be the best person to ask but I know that reading in bed always helps me get to sleep.
I think the more important thing though is how you wake up. If you force yourself to get up even earlier than you need to, your body will adjust and make you tired earlier. I wake up at 5:45 now without an alarm, but I used to sleep until 8 so you can definitely adjust.
-Put your alarm clock across the room so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
-Right after you turn off your alarm do a bit of exercising. Ten push ups or 20 sit ups or running in place. Something to get your blood flowing.
-Open your window shades. Don’t rummage around in a dark room, it’ll just encourage you to crawl back in bed.
-As silly as it sounds, go to the bathroom. I know that sitting on a cold toilet seat always wakes me up a bit. Also, try washing your hands with cold water.
-Take a shower pretty quickly. Getting out of your warm cozy clothes will also wake you up in addition to the water and soap!
-I don’t know about you, but I brush my teeth in the shower, and mouthwash is another shock in the morning.
-Eat something cold and flavorful. Cereal, berries, orange juice, cranberry juice. Wakeup your pallet rather than putting it to sleep with oatmeal or muffins or warm coffee.
-Get outside. Nothing like brisk morning air. This isn’t really my thing, but I know some people really love to take a walk or run in the morning.
lol, that started to sound like a dorky commercial toward the end, but still 🙂