It’s summertime, and for those of you night owls out there, you rejoice every day because you don’t have to get up at the crack of dawn – unless you want to. No more rolling out of bed looking like you just got beat up, wishing you could have just five more minutes with your soft, fluffy bed. Those days are over – for a few short weeks anyway.
You can go to bed anytime you want to, so you’ve been staying up super late and sleeping in late too. Every. Single. Day. Having fun on SnapChat, listening to music, hanging out with friends, just chillin. You’re enjoying yourself and having a great time, but you know that school will be starting again soon, along with those early mornings that get on your nerves.
Have you ever started the first week of school excited, but sleepy because you’re not used to waking up early anymore? Have you ever sat in class watching the teacher’s lips move, but not really hearing what she was saying because you were half asleep? Have your friends ever laughed at you because your head kept bobbing as you tried to keep your eyes open? Those early school mornings don’t have to be an absolute dread. You can make the process a little bit easier for you. Even if you’re not a morning person, you can prepare yourself before school starts to act like one, lol.
Prepare early. Two weeks before school starts, put yourself on your school schedule. Go to bed at a decent hour. Even if you don’t fall asleep right away, it’s ok. Set your alarm to wake you up at the time you’ll have to get up for school.
Unwind. Before you go to bed, put your phone down (like an hour before). Even if you get notifications, don’t pick it back up. Let it wait until the morning. If you stay on your phone you’ll be up all night watching the latest video, laughing at memes, texting, or watching stories. If you want to get a good night’s sleep and truly rest, you have to relax first. Get comfortable. Breathe and unwind.
Get up. When your alarm wakes you up, don’t just lay in the bed, get up. Take a shower, eat breakfast. Let the sunshine in, and then have some fun (it’s still summertime after all). It’ll be so easy to fall back asleep but find something to do so that you can stay awake.
Eat breakfast and lunch according to your school schedule. It’s so embarrassing when you’re in class and your stomach decides to sing to everyone, right? Try eating breakfast and lunch at the same time as you will when you’re back in school. That way your stomach won’t be trying to figure out what’s going on.
If you start your school schedule a little earlier, when school starts you’ll already be prepared. Your mind will be sharper, you’ll feel more alert, and it’ll be easier for you to focus on your classes and activities. Try it.