Wednesday, December 17, 2014

5 Ways to Get More Sleep

I absolutely hate getting up early. I hate waking up to an alarm. So, I try to do everything I can to get as much sleep as possible. Here's five things I do that help me get my eight hours every night.

  1. Don't hit the snooze button!
    • Instead, I set my alarm for the absolute last possible minute I can wake up, still allowing for 10 extra minutes in case of defrosting or something hideous happening. I figured out it takes me 30 minutes-ish to get ready, so I give myself a solid 45. Since I started doing this, I find that I sleep better and I get up exactly when my alarm goes off. How well do you really sleep that last 30 minutes that your alarm is going off anyway? And if you live with someone, they're not sleeping during that time either. I have two alarms set every week day morning. One at the time I need to wake up and one at the time I need to leave. My morning is like a race against time, but I never feel rushed because I'm rested!
  2.  Pick out a few different outfits for the week.
    • A lot of people I know will pick out their outfit the night before they go to sleep and I used to be on that band wagon as well. The problem I found was sometimes I would wake up to rain or a bloated belly or simply just hating the one outfit I had picked out. The days the outfit I had picked out didn't hurt anything, but it didn't help either. What I've started doing is on Sunday sometime I pick out about 4-5 outfits that I really feel good about. My closet is a mix of styles so I have lots of choices. So if on Monday I wake up and am not feeling the loose flowy choice, I still have three other options that are completely different. One of them always works.
  3. Shower the night before.
    • This is completely a personal preference, but what helps me get an extra hour of sleep (at least) is taking my shower the night before. My shower itself can take 10 minutes if I need it to, but if you add shaving it can be 30 minutes. Then on top of that I have to get my hair not only dry but styled. Styling my hair alone takes about 20 minutes but if you add blow drying it can be up to an hour! And personally, I don't like blow drying my hair. If I tried to let it air dry, I'd have to add an extra 2 hours to my morning. If I'm going to get up at 4, it's either going to be for over time or a work out!
  4. Have a makeup routine.
    • I love messing around with different make up styles, but in my day to day life I try to go more simple. I'd rather spend more time on my hair anyway. Most days lately I don't even bother with eyeliner. That can be a bitch to get on straight especially if you're tired and/or you like the winged look like me. I don't wear face makeup (concealer, blush, etc) so that cuts down on a lot of my time. I think it's important to have some kind of routine you can do mindlessly. My cousins can perfectly execute the cat eye, add mascara, and be out the door in 5 minutes. I; however, struggle every time to get the sides even and it takes concentrated effort to do it. Everyone must find their own "look".
  5. Make your meals the night before
    • Food prep can also help save time in the morning. Any breakfast or lunch items that you can make ahead of time are great. I really love quiches or egg souffles that can be baked on the weekend and reheated throughout the week. Other breakfast that are easy to go are fruit, yogurt, breakfast bars, or poptarts. Lunch can be pasta, casseroles, soups that you premake and can be dished into individual servings. If you're more of a sandwich/salad person, you can bag individual items and then put them together at lunch (i.e. wet items in one bag with dry ingredients in a separate bag ready to go).
Do you guys have any other bright ideas that could help me?

Until Next Time,
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