10 morning hacks to completely jumpstart your day

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Morning Hacks to Wake Up Better
If you dread waking up early, breaking away from your bed and the sound of your alarm clock -- then you're not alone. Join the club of the majority of people around the world who are the complete opposite of a morning person.

We don't blame you -- mornings are ROUGH, to say the least, and arguably the only good thing about them is that delicious bacon, egg and cheese for breakfast. So if you need a little help perking up in the morning and starting off your day right, then listen closely.

These morning hacks will not only help you get a jumpstart to your soon-to-be fabulous day, but they'll empower you to do energy-focused activities every morning!

1) Don't hit snooze

Hitting snooze too many times actually makes it harder to wake up.

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2) Work out

A morning workout can help boost your energy and metabolism.

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3) Breathe

Take a moment to breathe — you'll feel balanced and ready to start the day.

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4) Stretch

Take a moment to stretch out all the kinks.

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5) Do yoga

For a little energy boost.

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6) Drink water

It will boost your metabolism and keep your skin feeling great.

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7) Listen to music

This helps you get energized and excited about the day ahead.

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8) Smile

Start the day off feeling positive.

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9) Eat a balanced breakfast

Get all the nutrients you need before heading off to start your day.

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10) Wait to sign online

Give yourself time before checking your email.

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10 morning hacks to completely jumpstart your day

Drink less coffee

The more coffee you drink, the less effective caffeine becomes as a stimulant. Taper your coffee intake to optimize the effects of it's caffeine when you really NEED it!

Drink water before going to sleep.

By hydrating before you go to sleep you not only pump some well-needed H2O into your body, but also almost guarantee that you'll have to wake up in the morning if for no other reason than needing to use the restroom. It'll be nearly impossible for you to sleep in!

Use Technology to Your Advantage.

We know you've heard this a thousand times, but staying fit and healthy generally leads to a better sleep cycle. And a better night's sleep will lead to a happier, early morning for you! Try tracking your sleep activity and fitness with a watch like the iHealth Wireless Activity and Sleep Tracker (AM3). It'll help you know when you've gotten a good nights sleep. 
 

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Establish a routine.

Practicing a pattern of routine before bedtime will help you in the long run. Get yourself in the habit of a nightly and morning routine to save yourself the pains of switching back and forth between schedules. 

Give yourself enough sleep time.

You know you need at least seven to eight hours of sleep a night! Don't try to fool yourself. Waking up will be easier if you've gotten your necessary snooze time.

Make yourself comfortable.

We all understand incentives, right? Well, a great morning incentive is waking yourself up to your favorite breakfast food or drink. Better yet, both! Make yourself comfortable in the morning-- get yourself out of bed.

Place your alarm clock away from your bed.

That way you can avoid getting angry and smashing it with a hammer, or, bare minimum, hitting that pesky snooze button. By placing your alarm clock across the room, you've got to get up to turn it off-- no point in laying back down after that!

Stretch.

Now, this may not motivate you to get OUT of bed, but it will probably make you feel a bit more rejuvenated for the day. Try this small trick and see if it works for you.

Invest in an alarm clock that works for you.

If you REALLY can't motivate yourself with a regular alarm clock, you might need to invest in something a bit more high tech, like the Zadro Natural Wake Up alarm clock. It uses a light that naturally gets brighter in the 60 minutes leading up to your wake up time, acting like the sun. You can also choose to wake up to typical alarm sounds or some more soothing ones, depending on what gets you out of bed in the morning. 

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Lay out your outfit the night before.

It'll save you time and effort in the mornings, giving you more time to make those pancakes we mentioned earlier.

Power down electronics before bedtime.

Removing the screen at a reasonable time will help your body realize it's time for sleep, i.e. it's actually dark! Also it'll motivate you to go to bed sooner because you'll have less to do (hopefully!).

Meditation

Add meditation to your morning routine. Take the time to collect your thoughts, breathe deeply, and relax before your start the day. Many will find that this quiet time is calming and something to look forward to in the mornings.

Stay away from alcohol the night before.

We all know that drinking heavy amounts of alcohol before bed time messes with our sleeping patterns. If you're truly dedicated to getting up feeling refreshed and awake, avoid late night wine and beer binges.

Let the sun in.

Keep your blinds up or partially open to let in natural sunlight. This is especially motivating for east-facing windows. The gradual sunrise is a gentle way to ease your way into the morning.

Shower as soon as you get up.

Taking a shower immediately after you wake up is a good practice. Use aromatic body wash to wake up your senses and switch between hot and cold temperatures to jump start your circulation.

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