Morning and Sleeping Hacks

Megan Lee, Staff Writer

Getting up in the morning is nobody’s favorite part of the day. If you are one of those people who face the problem with getting up in the morning, have no fear because you’re not alone. Have you ever struggled getting organized? Or getting up on time and being motivated to go to school? Are you often late to first period? Here are some helpful tips for getting up and getting ready from Lauren Sullivan, a health and gym teacher and cheerleading coach at RLHS.

  • Make an agenda. First, make a to do list in your mind, or even on your phone. When you know something needs to be done you will be more motivated to start your day.
  • Fill your belly. One of the most important parts of the morning is to have a good breakfast! Plan something nice and yummy like oatmeal and fruit to encourage you to get out of bed and start your day.
  • Be prepared. Plan your outfits and meals ahead.
  • Avoid hitting snooze. Set one alarm with a sound that you don’t mind waking up to, such as your favorite song.You should also make sure your phone isn’t in reach so that you have to actually get up out of bed to turn it off. Having to get up to turn off your alarm will give you motivation to start up with your day and get your body going.

Maybe part of the reason it is so hard for you to get up in the morning is because you can’t fall asleep. If you are having troubles falling asleep try these simple tips from Mrs.Sullivan and google:

  • Stay still, moving around by tossing and turning will actually make you more restless and a lot less likely to fall asleep.
  • Sleep on your left side. Sleeping on your right side can actually cause you to have acid reflux,causing you not to feel so good and to lay awake longer.
  • Put your phone away. Ideally, while trying to sleep you should put your phone away before bed. But if you’re one of those people who just cannot go without your phone, then try the app Twilight (not the movie). This will take the blue-rays off of your phone and be healthier for your eyes and your brain.  
  • Go to sleep at the same time everyday. Going to bed at the same time every night helps set a routine, and routines can often help clue your body into when it is time to start winding down and feeling sleepy. Another thing you can try is only putting your PJs on when you are going to bed; this tricks your brain into knowing when to sleep.  Also, for the same reason, you should never lie in your bed just to watch TV or do your homework; this will let your brain know that your bed is for sleeping. If you are still having problems, then try to consult a doctor.