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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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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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.