It isn’t news that a lot of people have difficulty waking up on time in the mornings. Most often it is not such a big deal to sleep an extra 5 or 10 minutes. However, there are occasions when we must get up on time to do the thing we are supposed to do.
If you are studying, missing the final examinations (held only once per year) at a university can mean wasting one whole year of study and not getting the degree certifications that you work so hard for. If you are working and stuck in an unrewarding position, missing the potentially career changing early morning interview for a dream job that comes up only once in a while can also be very frustrating. Of course things do not have to be as dramatic as I have just described. However, if you are persistently late coming to work, chances are sooner or later you are going to get the sack.
So what can you do to help you with waking up in the morning? There are really two things you can do. First, get better sleep. Second, get a better alarm clock.
Let’s look at the first thing you can do. Getting better sleep usually means having a long enough sleep on a comfortable bed and going to bed at about the same time every night. It is also important to pay attention to the air ventilation, temperature and humidity in the bedroom.
Now let’s look at the second. You should invest in a good alarm clock. The problem is that not all alarm clocks are born equal and they differ a lot in their features and power. Many alarm clocks are simply not loud enough (or not unpleasant enough). Fortunately there is a special type of alarm clocks which combine a loud siren-like alarm and a vibrating bed shaker. The vibrating shaker can be placed underneath a pillow or a mattress and will shake fairly violently when it is time to get up. The secret of success for a vibrating alarm clock is to make your life lying in bed so unpleasant that getting out of bed is a better alternative. This strategy has been shown to work. Many people find it highly unbearable having to put up with not only a siren-like alarm but also a shaking bed.
So what is the end result? You get out of bed. Problem solved!