Waking Up: A Tiny Tip To Help, Lights Off, Lights On

Is waking up easy for you?

I’m not a morning person.  I live with two of the annoying (at times) creatures though.  My husband and teenager usually jump out of bed and are ready to cheerfully converse at the first sound of an alarm clock.

I will get up with my alarm clock.  Conversations between the cat and myself prior to coffee are acceptable.  Anything else?  Nope.

And that leaves my younger son.  School starts at a new, earlier time for him this year.  He doesn’t drink coffee (In fits of desperation, I have offered it.  He refused.).  Waking up is not exactly a joy for him.

We’re still searching for an effective alarm clock sound.  He so far sleeps through them all.  I’ve seriously debated getting this alarm clock for him but he thinks it would perhaps roll out of his room and could hurt someone.

It is possible although difficult to get the child out of bed.  I understand.  I don’t enjoy being awake at the crack of dawn myself.  Six am is not a delightful time.

My tiny tip on this Thursday is for something simple that helps me wake up (and seems to help my younger son a bit as well).    waking up

Turn on all the lights!  To fully wake myself up, I turn on the lights in each room I will be in during the morning rush of getting ready.  My husband does not do this and often turns the lights off when I walk out of the room.

I may or may not have a secret suspicion the husband and older son are vampires as it would explain the ability to get up while it is still dark outside, function in the dark, mostly avoid the light while playing video games…Hmm.

I finally had to explain to my husband how leaving the lights on in the morning (I don’t, usually, leave them on all day) was one of my helps for waking myself up in the mornings.  I think the light triggers the “day” part of my brain and so I start to feel more awake.

I’ll also sometimes go stand outside once the daylight arrives.

What tricks and tips do you have for waking up?  Or are you one of those morning people like my husband and oldest son (it’s okay, we can still be friends)?

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2 thoughts on “Waking Up: A Tiny Tip To Help, Lights Off, Lights On

  1. Agnes Shapiro

    I am definitely not a morning person….if I could twitch my nose and be up, dressed and at work…I would do it. Once I am at work, I am fine (after coffee that is)….but as a school secretary I have been off two months, going back in two weeks and loved getting up at 8 or 9 or even 10 (one day I did that). Hubby is the morning person and has to get me up – yes, he turns on the lights….I have to wash my face and then go down for coffee….I get up at 5:15 am and leave by 7…on my way to work I stop for another cup of coffee….My children are all grown and out of the house so I dont have that to worry about…..thinking about retiring, so I can stay in bed longer….lol
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    1. Jean Post author

      I think it definitely harder to get back into the routine of getting up so early after having a summer break. I know I enjoyed (somewhat, I’m not exactly a night owl either) keeping my boys’ schedules this summer. I do think sleep especially in the mornings is under-rated 😉 Hope you have a great weekend! And of course, a wonderful school year!


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