You aren’t alone if you can sleep through an alarm clock. That’s especially the case if you’ve been trying to use the alarm on your cell phone. Although it’s convenient because your cell phone is probably already on your bedside table, cell phone alarms aren’t very loud!
What if you have a regular alarm and you always sleep through that too? Whether you’re struggling with your alarm clock, you’re hard of hearing, or you’re just looking for a better way to wake up that doesn’t involve being startled by a loud noise every morning, check out the ideas on this list.
1. Try a Vibrating Alarm Clock
A loud noise is one of the most effective ways to wake up, but it isn’t the only way. Vibrating alarm clocks are recommended for those who are hard of hearing, but they can be an effective way for others to wake up too.
These clocks rely on a vibrating mechanism that can be placed under your pillow, but it can be placed nearly anywhere. You can try placing the pad under your back if you don’t like the feeling of the vibration under your head.
It might become your partner’s favorite alarm too. Instead of looking for a louder alarm that will actually wake you up—and your partner in the process—this alarm will shake you awake without your partner even noticing.
2. Keep the Window Open
Have you noticed that it can be more difficult to get a good night’s sleep in the summer? You could be having trouble because you’re staying up late socializing with friends, but the sunlight has a huge effect on how well we sleep too. Not only does the sun staying up longer mean you might stay up later, it also rises earlier. Use that to your advantage!
Keep the curtains open so the sun shines into your bedroom in the morning. If it doesn’t seem to be working the way you want, try moving your bed so it is positioned in front of the rays that shine in through the window.
Combine light with sound and you could find it even easier to wake up. Open the window, as well as the curtain, and you’ll hear the noises of a city waking up as the sun shines into your bedroom.
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3. Wake Up to the Sunrise at Any Time
Waking up to the sunrise is a great way to get out of bed, but it isn’t always possible. If you have to get up before the sun does, whether, in the summer or the winter, you’re stuck waking up in the dark. That is, unless you have a sunrise alarm clock!
Sunrise alarm clocks work by slowly increasing their brightness. Place it directly on your end table, it will slowly mimic a sunrise, flooding your bedroom with sunlight, and hopefully wake you up in the process.
4. Drink Plenty of Water Before Bed
There are a lot of reasons to drink water, especially if you want a better night’s sleep. For example, it can:
- Treat and prevent headaches
- Relieve constipation
- Prevent hangovers
Another reason to drink water includes its ability to make you get out of bed. If you drink enough water before you go to sleep, you can bet that you will be waking up in the morning to take a trip to the bathroom.
How much water you need to drink in order to time getting up in the morning just right will take some practice. Try downing a cup of H2O right before bed, and try increasing your intake every night until you find the perfect amount.
5. Wake Up at the Same Time Every Day
There are quite a few things you can do to get better sleep. You can create a routine at night that primes your body for bed and you can make sure that your bedroom is just the right temperature, but one of the best ways to get better sleep is to get up at the same time every day.
Not only can it affect the quality of sleep you get at night, but it can also make it easier for you to wake up in the morning. When you get up at the same time every day, you’ll notice that your body automatically wakes up at the same time without an alarm clock!
You aren’t doomed to be late to work because you can sleep through your alarm! There are many methods you can use to get out of bed that don’t require a louder alarm clock.