14 Hacks That'll Turn Anyone Into A Morning Person

Morning people swear that the first few hours of the day are the most productive. These folks are quick to reference peak brainpower and alertness and will talk on (and on and on) about the ease with which they complete errands and workouts before 9 a.m. They might be right, but if you happen to be a serial snoozer like us, you've likely never gotten up early enough to put their claims to the test.

Luckily, waking early and using those extra hours strategically is a feat anyone can achieve, so long as they're willing to make a few pivotal tweaks to their daily routine. All you need to do is get motivated, stay organized — we found relying on the Google Assistant to be especially helpful — and, of course, commit. Ahead, we've compiled 14 hacks that had even the sleepiest among us rising and shining with ease. Up for the challenge?

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Over the weekend, ditch your alarm and check the clock the moment you naturally wake up. Take note of patterns, as they will help establish what time your body tends to rise on its own.
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Establish a bedtime and stick to it. Set a reminder with your Google Assistant to start winding down and preparing for bed before you'd normally think about turning in. This will help ease you into an earlier nighttime routine.
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Too exhausted to rise in the a.m.? Download a sleep-tracking app that logs the number of times you wake per night. This can help determine how many uninterrupted hours you’re really netting.
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Give your bedroom a restful makeover. Conceal any glowing or blinking electronics (these are major sleep disrupters), and invest in a small fan for a bit of soothing white noise. Beyond the actual benefits of these actions, taking steps to make your bedroom more peaceful will reframe the way you think about sleeping in there.
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Spritz your pillows with lavender essence before bed. The National Sleep Foundation reports that subjects in a study who sniffed lavender before bed slept more deeply and "felt more vigorous in the morning."
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This one is easy! Open up your curtains before turning in so that you wake up with plenty of beaming natural sunlight.
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Abolish the snooze button. Instead, challenge yourself to set just one alarm for the same time every morning. And get up as soon as it goes off.
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Pack the first hour of your day with little treats you’ll look forward to waking up for. This might include a quiet block of yoga time, a new smoothie recipe, or even a walk down the block to get a fancy cup of coffee.
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Make your bed. Not only will this prevent you from hopping back in, but it also means the first thing you do every day is successfully complete a task.
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Ready for a little challenge? Get moving ASAP when you wake up. You might feel silly, but jumping up and down (even for just a few seconds) does wonders for getting your blood flowing.
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Channel your elementary-school self and pick out your outfit the night before, including a gym bag if you're planning to bring along workout gear.
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Check the weather with your Google Assistant first thing in the a.m. to make planning what you need for the day (a jacket, umbrella, etc.) a quicker process. Better to know before you run out the door and get soaked.
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Create an encouraging game plan every morning. Get a daily briefing from your Google Assistant, and visualize what you'd like to accomplish in the next 24 hours. Studies from the Mayo Clinic show that maintaining a positive outlook leads to a decrease in physical illness and depression and an immediate increase in coping skills and stress management.
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Reframe the time you'd formerly spend snoozing as "banked time," and put it towards a skill you want to develop, like learning a language or taking a pottery class. The more time you bank in the morning, the more time you have to devote to your new project. Another incentive to get up!