We Tried Every Waking-Up Hack. Here Are The Ones That Work For Us

Waking up earlier is a challenge. On the other hand, it helps us to be productive and happy. Everyone wants to be happy, so it’s no surprise many people are still trying to adjust their sleep patterns to create a healthier routine.

No one’s happy getting up 15 minutes earlier though.


We at WHY NOTS are no different and need to go to the office every morning. That’s why we tried out quite a few waking-up hacks. Several missed morning meetings later we arrived at the list.

Here are the hacks that actually work for us (and some other people, too)

1. Set a reminder an hour before bedtime


Going to bed earlier helps, you already know that. The difficult thing is keeping to your schedule. Here’s a tip: set a reminder to go off an hour before the time you want to actually go to sleep. It’ll give you enough time to finish your urgent business and get ready for bed.

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2. Plan something enjoyable for the morning


A flight to take you to your dream vacation, for one thing. If that’s not an option, go for smaller things: a coffee at your favorite place or a chapter of a book you’ve long been putting off.

And don’t do it unless you get up at the set time. It’s called a reward.

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3. Get a pet


Nothing will get you off your bed faster than a cat screeching your 1000-dollar sofa. That being said, if you have to walk a dog every morning, you’ll have no choice but to wake up at least half an hour earlier.

The problem with that is, you’ll have less time for yourself. See tip #1.

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4. Ask someone to wake you up


Take the responsibility off your shoulders. If you have an early riser in your family, let them help you get used to the routine. With luck, in a few weeks you’ll be able to do it yourself.

5. Try a fitness tracker


They say it’s pleasant to wake up to a gentle vibration on your wrist. That’s not why it’s on the list, though.

This new toy will tell you that you don’t sleep well (at least mine does). Being told off by a piece of electronics – that’s something that adds to the motivation.

6. Accept it’s not easy no matter the time


Whenever you have to get up, you’ll probably want to sleep a bit more. Don’t give in. If you wake up in two hours you’ll feel the same. Remember, you have things to do (see #2).

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BONUS TIP (works 100% but it’s not for the faint-hearted)


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Featured image: The Simpsons / Fox

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