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Tip #48. Back to School: 10 steps to help you wake up early for school

It’s that time of the year again - back to school! With the new school year just around the corner we decided it would be a good idea to put together special collection of best working yet simple tips and tricks on how to wake up early for school. Whether you are a student or a happy parent, we hope our advice will work for you. We also welcome you to share your own tricks on how you wake up (or help your kids wake up) early for school! Here we go -

Start going to bed earlier every day, gradually shifting your go to bed time to finally allow at least 8 hours of quality sleep before wake up time. For example, if you need to wake up for school at 6:30am then you should be in bed at 10:30pm the latest. If these days you go to bed around 11:30pm, then start shifting it by 10 minutes a day. To become more disciplined about it I recommend you put another alarm clock for the time you need to go to bed not to miss it and track your progress by simply writing down your go to bed and wake up time every day. Couple of weeks in this mode will put you on the right sleeping schedule you will not feel depressed every time you hear about the school! By the way, research shows that younger you are more sleep time you need for the body and mind to feel fully rested so for someone 9 hours of quality sleep may be required – just listen to your body, experiment and adjust!

Stop watching TVs, playing computer games or browsing Internet at least 2 hours before you go to sleep. Use this time to do some relaxing stuff – go for a walk outside, read book, plan your next day. Open windows to refresh air in your room before going to sleep – fresh air improves the quality of your sleep. Few more things NOT to do before doing to sleep – do not do any heavy workouts like weights lifting or cardio exercises, do not eat anything but light snack, do not drink coffee and any energy drinks including any kind of cola. And falling asleep will be way faster and easier!

Take loud enough alarm clock and put it away from your bed so you would have to stand up and make few steps to alarm clock to turn it off. Do not ever hit SNOOZE – those extra 5 or 10 minutes will not help you much and very likely you will end up being late for school.

Make a bet with your friend or a relative who also needs to wake up for a class that whoever wakes up in time first gives a call to wake up another. Put some funny prize for this bet or keep the score (just make sure you put your phone nearby – some your family members may not be happy to wake up that early). Or ask your friends who you know wake up early to wake you up by giving you a call.

Finally, first thing you should do when you hear alarm clock buzz is ... smile! It’s new day, new adventures, new feelings, new experiences, new friends and new opportunities! This all is well worth waking up earlier, isn’t it?

These tricks are easy to try, and more of them you try at the same time the higher is the chance to succeed – this is the law of overhelming force. For even more tricks please check our blog for early risers – How To Wake Up Early.

Have a great year in school!

Added: 8/27/2011 6:45:00 AM

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Shaun says:
8/27/2011 1:32:27 PM
Although im not at school myself i have 3 kids that are and these tips are gonna be put into practice with them i have a terrible time getting them up in the morning ty
Blogging Tips says:
8/28/2011 1:26:35 PM
Some of these are so very true. Go to be earlier and you are going to wake up early! That's a given. Plus, the part about giving your brain time to wind down by not playing computer games and not watching TV is a great one.

Serotonin says:
8/28/2011 7:28:30 PM
As a student, I agree with what you have posted. Such a great idea, and it's really the reality. Thanks for the different ways you have shared of how to wake up early to go for school. It's part of a health lifestyle so keep it up!
inchirieri apartamente cluj says:
8/29/2011 3:11:09 AM
Pretty good advice, but when I have to get up really early in the morning, somehow these all good things disappear from my mind. No joy about the new experiences, no smile upon my face, just a sleepy , sleepy long face And I know that the snooze is probably the rule no1 at: how not to wake up, but snooze is my guilty pleasure)

Faizan says:
9/1/2011 3:06:36 AM
I really hate to wake up early in the morning... but i have to ! i appreciate your effort for writing this content.
thanks boy !

Flex Belt says:
9/1/2011 4:37:03 AM
Great post on how to not only get up early but also have full of energy for a new day.

However, I have another tip that help to get up early which has been working quite well to me. That is, before going to bed, repeat to your self several times that you need to get up at ... AM tomorrow, give some reasons why you want to do it. That's all. The next day, you'll be able to wake up automatically without having an alarm clock, like there's a hidden alarm in your mind.

seaside real estate says:
9/1/2011 6:56:58 AM
I think most people find it hard to maintain sleep habits, mainly because of distractions. You may plan to sleep at a certain time then suddenly a good movie pops out in your tv then you find yourself watching tv 3 hours past your planned sleep. I'm sure we are all guilty of this crime at least a few times.

Anyway great tips, will surely try them.

Bollywood says:
9/1/2011 7:29:40 AM
I always using snooze. I can't getup without snooze. Always feeling like, let's have a sleep for more 5 minutes.

robin says:
9/1/2011 3:13:35 PM
i always had problems with waking up early. i really got some great tips from this blog and i'm really gonna implement them.
android developers says:
9/2/2011 1:13:30 AM
for me snooze is a must)) i set up my alarm clock 20 minutes earlier i have to wake up so it snoozes twice before i finally wake up. though at the beginning of the workink week i'm able to get up immediately

Rich B says:
9/2/2011 3:43:45 PM
Stop surfing the internet 2 hours before bed is a great tip, and seeing as its nearly midnight I'll put down my coffee and turn off the laptop...
Andy King says:
9/2/2011 10:31:02 PM
I read your post long back and I tried almost all the steps that you suggested. I would like to let you know that most of them worked for me. Thank you so much for so useful post.

Rentals Bariloche says:
9/3/2011 8:00:41 PM
I find drinking a lot of water the night before helps; then when the alarm clock goes off you wake up needing the toilet so have to get out of bed!
Trucos Sims Social says:
9/4/2011 8:36:46 AM
Mmm... my kids are returning to school next Wednesday and I was wondering how I will wake them, as in summer vacations the go to bed late and also wake up late. I guess these tips are easier to follow when it's you who want to wake up early than when you are trying to convince someone. Anyway, I'll try them with my kids.

Dubai Classifieds says:
9/5/2011 1:51:57 AM
Nice sharing i like your style. some comments are very interesting hehehehe. your website is nice place to get tips
Buen says:
9/5/2011 3:03:21 AM
It is hard to get up in the morning the first week after a nice long vacation. Then it goes very well the rest of the year.

Robert Benwell says:
9/5/2011 6:07:47 AM
This is all great advice for the one wanting to wake up earlier.My advise is do not cover your window with blinds. Let the Sunshine in! ^_^
How to make a website says:
9/5/2011 8:13:05 AM
was in the same boat, but had to wake up at 4:30AM. This is what I did. About a week before I had to start getting up early, I started training myself. I went to bed earlier (in your case, you may have to go extra early for a while), stay away from caffeine (pop, coffee, tea), and set 2 alarm clocks. One alarm clock was electrical (has an electrical outlet)...once the alarm starts, it'll keep going until I turn it off. The other alarm clock is battery operated and is set to go off 5 minutes after the electrical. The battery clock is in case I have a power failure and I have a backup.

Graham says:
9/6/2011 7:17:36 AM
I like the suggestion to quit watching TV or using the Internet a couple of hours before going to bed. That's not always easy though, as sometimes the demands of work for those who work at home on the computer can go on well into the night. One thing I do find is reading a magazine or book at bedtime can help relax the mind ready for sleep.
Genie Bra Infomercial says:
9/6/2011 8:00:59 AM
This will be very hard for me waking up early during school days. Alarm clocks doesn't seemed to work.

Philip Cartledge says:
9/6/2011 2:31:56 PM
Going to bed early is the only thing that works for me, that way I wake up naturally at an early house. Whenever I stay up late ill end up turning off alarms in my sleep.
Jimmy says:
9/6/2011 9:10:13 PM
One thing that works for me to wake up early (and maybe not for everyone) is I eat a few Jalepeno peppers in my diet for dinner. I dont know what it is, but the peppers cause me to sleep, but a light sleep. It makes getting up early at 5am or 6am a lot less painful.

Of course when you wake up early be sure and turn your security alarm off before you head out the door or you might be woken up by an obnoxious loud siren.

Mayweather Live Stream says:
9/14/2011 2:40:37 PM
lol, that is literally the one thing that made me drop out of college, waking up early in the morning, the hardest thing ever.
Middleburg heating oil says:
9/14/2011 8:04:15 PM
Now the simple rule is stop Facebook and head to your bed.

Run Faster says:
9/20/2011 4:52:46 AM
Ahhh...I need to follow some of these so badly! So easy when you're reading it, but in the morning, when it's time to actually make it happen, it's so hard to do.

I'll get there though. Thank you for sharing!

Dallas Expunction Attorney says:
9/20/2011 11:13:35 PM
Being responsible is the key in waking up early. And since you are going to school, you don't want your class cards marked "DROP" just because you did not woke up early.

Paul says:
9/22/2011 4:20:02 AM
For me, if I go to bed early, I'll end up laying in bed awake for hours...taking me even longer to fall asleep. I also never seem to have the time to fit everything in anyways, so always go to bed relatively late.

So for me, I rely on 3 alarms on my phone, each with 5 minutes apart. I also put my phone on the other side of my bedroom. It forces me to get out of bed to turn it off. After the third time I get up, I'm too awake then bother going back to bed!

Novelty Christmas Jumpers says:
9/22/2011 3:15:33 PM
Sleeping in late is my weakness. Even after holding down a job and gaining a regular routine I still tend to stay in bed on my days off. I often feel guilty about this but it is probably a knock-on effect of staying up till all hours in the morning when given the chance.

novedadesesteticas says:
10/24/2011 9:36:35 AM
I am doing this not for school but for coming back to work after summer, I am doing all of this but "Do not ever hit SNOOZE" I do every day, just 5 minutes,I am never late for work in anycase earlier, because I count with those extra 5 minutes, but I think I should try to stop snoozing my alarm.
Steven Bancroft says:
10/24/2011 3:50:41 PM
I learned from you to turn off the computer 2 hrs before going to sleep. I can't tell you how much this improved my sleep. Once in a while, like an idiot, I'll use my laptop in bed and then go to sleep. I wake up groggy and not as refreshed.

Interestingly, I don't have the same problem watch TV just before going to sleep. It must be something to do with the computer screen being so close ... not sure?

Jameson W says:
10/28/2011 6:04:45 AM
Nice tips and everything is right! Although I am long ago not a schoolboy, but this problem also applies to me...I have a deep sleep...I use my phone as my alarm, and I always put it right at my head, but even so I manage not to hear it...thanks for these great tips, I will definitely use them and I hope it will eventually be much easier to get up in the morning))
tinchend says:
10/29/2011 5:00:56 AM
cool blog.
I have bought a dog, since that time I have no more problems to wake up early.
My dog makes noise - when he hear that I have turn around in my bed. .
So the dog is the best alarm clock ever
Sorry for my bad english. greetings from germany.

A&R says:
11/2/2011 3:27:57 PM
Waking up early should be taught as a class in school, because it's a needed skill when you get older.
MA says:
11/2/2011 8:37:36 PM
Not everyone needs to wake up early. People are all different and function better at different times of the day.

product development says:
11/2/2011 9:41:48 PM
I don't think this article only usable for students . I would say for all. great tips & points share. For that i appreciate.
Donna Melton (Lynnsing) says:
11/4/2011 6:50:35 AM
I especially use the alarm clock trick..Putting your clock across the room, far enough away that you have to jump out of bed to turn it off. You can still use the snooze if you want because every time it goes off you have to, once again, jump out of bed and either turn it off or hit snooze and get back in bed, it may take you a few times, but you eventually are ready to get up and face the day! I have a few tips on my site to start day one on losing weight fast the raw way. Great article, by the way, thanks for posting! Very helpful! Sincerely, Lynnsing

nirmal tamilnadu says:
11/5/2011 3:57:40 AM
Early to bed is really crucial and it is better to avoid the TV and PC. Nice points.
Robert Walking says:
11/5/2011 4:46:02 AM
I'm having trouble with going to school every monday, however after following your tips I have slept better and I'm not late anymore. Many thanks!

Louie@Internet Marketing Australia says:
11/6/2011 7:25:18 PM
It pays to have a pet since my dog always wakes me up at 6am! Thanks for sharing this! Will definitely share this article to my workmate who is always late!
Jucarii says:
11/7/2011 6:58:37 AM
The best way to make the kid wake up early is to send him to sleep at 21.00 and not let him too much at cartoons because cartoons make him very tired

Chris says:
11/7/2011 4:17:49 PM

Exactly being on internet hurts getting to sleep right before bed

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palm beach roofer says:
11/7/2011 10:45:26 PM
I have another tip that help to get up early which has been working quite well to me. That is, before going to bed, repeat to your self several times that you need to get up at ... AM tomorrow, give some reasons why you want to do it. That's all. The next day, you'll be able to wake up automatically without having an alarm clock, like there's a hidden alarm in your mind.

Diana says:
11/8/2011 7:12:14 AM
People are all different and function better at different times of the day.
Duvet Covers says:
11/9/2011 3:22:30 PM
Great tips! To get my daughter into bed early, I avoid giving her any type of sugar (cookies, juice, etc.) before bedtime. I use my cell phone as an alarm in the morning to wake up both up and I turn off the alarm once she is in the bathroom brushing her teeth. =D

glyza says:
11/10/2011 5:31:46 AM
It's really hard to get up in bed especially when you came from a long vacation or weekend. Thanks for the tips you had in her.. Such a big help for all of us who dont catch a worm everday because we are not an early bird. for men out there who wants to get fab, check this out please. It might help you.
Chris Application says:
11/15/2011 1:07:19 PM
Take loud enough alarm clock and put it away from your bed..

Haha, i remember that, I sometimes woke up late with the alarm clock switched off, I had to get up cross the room switch off and get back to bed and all happend without me noticing, but eventually it worked...

great tips...

Austin Insurance Claims Repair Professionals says:
11/17/2011 1:03:35 AM
I'll bookmark this page so that my kids will be able to read this one. Thanks for the useful information!
Ram says:
11/17/2011 10:02:02 PM
It's really hard to make them wake up on Monday. Definitely these tips will make them up on time. Thanks for the good article.

Alex Forever Living says:
11/17/2011 11:13:50 PM
A big cup of coffee should be enough to wake you up, the thing here is how are you going to drink the coffee if you are still sleeping.
I have no name says:
11/22/2011 12:48:02 PM
I just set an alarm on my phone. I make sure that it's the loudest, most annoying ring tone and I put it on my desk on the other side of the room. When I get annoyed to the point where I have to get up and stop it I'll feel more awake because I had to get up and cross the room.

ediscovery software says:
11/22/2011 1:55:01 PM
Sleep early then you can wake up early. I actually can wake up early even if I sleep late but the problem is that I am just too tired so I get to sleep back. Waking up early is not a problem.
Natural Soap says:
11/25/2011 1:04:00 AM
Going to bed early is the best way to get up early too, but my kids have their bunch of assignments so this is not that applicable. Getting them an alarm clock is really effective to wake them up for school.

Kelly says:
11/27/2011 9:55:24 PM
Waking up early is a practice, just try to wake up early for 5-7 days, after that, you won't even need any alarms.
Ct heating oil says:
12/1/2011 2:47:31 PM
I like putting the alarm clock away from my bed. If its too far than I can usually sleep through it, so I have to keep it close.

limitless profits says:
12/3/2011 12:06:14 AM
Nice Post! I am the one who is lazy to wake up early in the morning. Thank you for this tips it really helps me.
Thanks for informative and helpful post, obviously in your blog everything is good.If you post informative comments on blogs there is always the chance that actual humans will click through.

Micabeauty says:
12/5/2011 1:54:33 PM
I usually have to get up a good 2-2 1/2 hour prior to clocking in at work just so I can be awake and get the body moving so that usually means getting up by 5:30 AM. The first 1/2 hour is spent with morning coffee and convincing the body we have to move today.

Praktyk NLP says:
12/6/2011 2:02:20 PM
Two kids who have to be at school at 8. This the best way to wake up early for me
Björn says:
12/6/2011 4:14:49 PM
"Finally, first thing you should do when you hear alarm clock buzz is ... smile! It’s new day, new adventures, new feelings, new experiences, new friends and new opportunities! This all is well worth waking up earlier, isn’t it?"

I'd say you're unlikely to convince anyone in high school (and equal educations) with this one. Most of us hate waking up early to spend half the day having to do the same c*ap we've become tired off 3 years ago or earlier...

Salten Gritt says:
12/6/2011 4:24:26 PM
If you have a reason to wake up early, like going for a jog etc then you will feel so much better to start your day.
Dave Dragon says:
12/12/2011 11:51:39 AM
Nice collection of tips on the subject.
My suggestion is to Get Up as soon as you wake up. Don't lay there, it only gets harder to rise.

Jay says:
12/12/2011 12:36:59 PM
Great tips, I think for me going to bed earlier, not drinking caffeinated drinks or exercising to close to bedtime is key.
Netizenista says:
12/12/2011 9:07:12 PM
Hate school!!!

Hunters Moor says:
12/13/2011 4:45:10 PM
Waking up early is a the best way to start the day. I use the age old Glass of water before bed to ensure I don't sleep in. Learning how to be punctal when you are young definatley helps you in later life.
Steinway Piano says:
12/14/2011 2:56:20 PM
Haha this is such a great post!

I find it SO difficult to wake up early. I'm glad I'm not the only one

The aloud alarm clock set to several different times and placed AWAY from my bed has probably been the best solution. Although, I find myself just crawling back into bed at times. :-D

Thanks again for this. This is really great.

branded items says:
12/17/2011 7:04:37 AM
When I was 9 years old, my Mom told me that I should wake up at 5 am on my own so that I can prepare for school. If I failed to wake up my Mom will not even bother, she will let me miss my class. She said that she is teaching e a lesson and If I fail I must fail in order to experience failure and this will motivate me to get my act together. Yes I learn my lesson and I did not finish my elementary school. Right now I out of work and I am hungry.
Olivia says:
12/20/2011 4:42:29 AM
will try ur tips!

Kumar Krishna says:
12/24/2011 6:19:43 AM
We know that, early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy wealthy & wise. In your article you have viewed the above theme very smoothly. I'm late riser cause I love sleep but actually for good health we should wake up early, fresh air keeps mind fresh & bring good strength for work. When I will see a yellow yolk, I think always when I get up from sleep lately.Keep writing, this is great done.

David says:
12/28/2011 1:27:24 PM
Waking up early is the first common problem when the school year starts.
It's better to train our kids as early as possible to avoid this kind of problem.

Jacko says:
12/29/2011 12:42:57 PM
Good Article.
This has been a big issue for a long time. Kids won't get up for school b/c school sucks, duh!

School is about memorizing data not learning so, until that changes kids will keep hiding out from school like the plague

driving instructor says:
12/30/2011 10:37:22 AM
I am going to post this to all my lazy pupils who are late for their lessons as they say their parents didnt wake them up in time instead of standing on their own 2 feet for a change. Great read,thanks

Mustafa says:
12/30/2011 5:30:22 PM
I have already found out myself those nice tips and tried them out, I cannot wake up easily. Doesnt matter if I go to bed early, I sleep 12 hours that night. Or I get up to silence the alarm clock but get back to sleep. I always try to find excuses for me to continue sleeping. And I am very clever about it. I cannot get up early.
naomi says:
1/1/2012 8:30:24 PM
that's a good one, not only but all working people should read this. i like the last part about that alarm clock buzz, true, start a day with a smile

fordító says:
9/16/2012 5:45:44 PM
Haha, I hate waking up early. This stuff maybe could make the mornings a bit better. Thanks :D

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