Alarm Clock

Being up for work on time can be a real chore for a lot of people. Unfortunately, it’s a necessary evil – especially if you want to get anywhere in your career. Your natural reaction to an alarm clock might be to hit the snooze button to eke out a few more precious moments of being warm and snugly in bed. What you really need to do is read our tips on how to make sure you’re never late for work again.

Be Prepared

Quite simply, the last thing you need in the morning is a manic search for car keys or the right shirt or even (shock horror) having to iron something or pack a lunch. The solution to this potential problem? Get everything ready the night before. That’s clothes, keys, laptop, phone, work, lunch and anything else you might need for the day ahead. All in one place, so it’s not a struggle to find in the morning.

Quality of Sleep

Everyone needs different amounts of sleep, but generally speaking most adults require 7 to 8 hours a night. To ensure a good night’s sleep there are a few simple steps to take. Number one is to get an early night, reduce TV time before bed and don’t drink alcohol – it can make you feel sleepy but your sleep will be disturbed. Avoid all stimulants (coffee, nicotine, chocolate) for a few hours before bed time and try reading a book before lights out. Exercise promotes better sleep, but do it earlier in the day, not before bed as it will make you more alert and it will be harder to fall asleep.

Clever Alarm Use

If you’re one of the army of people that hits the snooze button and later regrets it, try this clever trick – especially good if you have a partner you don’t want to disturb in the morning. Have one alarm clock by the bed set for the time you need to wake up, with your favourite radio station at a reasonable volume. On the other side of the room, so you have to get up, should be a harsh sounding alarm set one minute later, which will wake up your grumpy loved one. If you have any compassion you’ll get up before the second alarm awakens your beloved.

A More Natural Wake Up?

You may have heard of the alarm clocks that use an (artificial) light to wake you up. These simulate the sunrise at dawn but at any time of day. You need darkness to sleep best, so even if you have to get up when it’s still dark, these alarm clocks get slowly brighter so that your body awakens slowly and naturally. Nicer than a harsh sounding alarm, some even feature UV light and also help alleviate symptoms of Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) you might be experiencing in the dark winter months.

Jump out of bed

Literally. As soon as that alarm goes off, leap out from under the covers and stand up  (make sure you don’t pass out or anything obviously). Hitting the snooze button (even if you have the time) makes you sluggish and more prone to sleep through the alarm clock or hit snooze again. The motivation of getting out from under the covers will immediately get the adrenaline going. Getting out of the bedroom signals your brain to get into action. There are some alarm clocks that require you to stand on them to turn them off!

Whatever you decide you’re sure to impact your health. Early risers tend to be healthier and happier (and not in trouble for turning up to work later).