Before you go to bed and when you first wake up, what is the first thing you usually do? Check your phone right? Whether it’s checking your text messages, laughing at your Twitter TL or liking some pictures on Instagram. Usually when I lay down, I would have just looked at my phone no less than 10 minutes prior and when I can’t go to sleep, I’ll turn over and pick my phone and scroll through the TL for another 30 minutes before I’m like, “Okay Jasmine, it’s time for bed.” However, I felt like it was making me more tired in the morning obviously, prevented me from actually going to bed and prevented me from getting out of the bed in the morning.
I saw xoNecole mention how she stopped sleeping with her phone in the room, so that’s what I did. I went to Walmart and bought a cheap, $5 alarm clock and used that as my alarm clock instead of my phone. I usually sleep in the front room on the couch, so I put my phone on the charger in my room at least an hour before I decided to get in the bed and would read a book or write my thoughts out instead.
I felt myself less drawn to social media as the days went by. I already don’t use Instagram or Snapchat, but Twitter became less of a daily news outlet/comedic relief for me and a more of a, “Dang, I have that app on my phone still?” I was able to immediately get up in the mornings, which is something I began to struggle with. My alarm would go off at 5:00am and I would hit the snooze button about twice, but after the second time I’d normally get up, but recently I had been struggling to get up anytime before 5:30am. But like I mentioned, I was able to get immediately up, get myself ready for the day and have breakfast, something I was never able to do.
I also downloaded an app called Wakeout. Wakeout is an app that wakes its users by exercising. Waking up by exercising, I know sounds horrible right? But it was very effective and it’s not strenuous workouts. Maybe it’s something like lifting your pillow a couple of times or stretching your toes out. You can get a 14 day free trial but after that $7.49/mo (billed monthly), $3.75/mo ($44.99 billed annually) or a $99.99 one time fee and it’s forever yours!
If you need something to help waking you up in the morning, try both of these tactics!