Three Easy Things to Help You Wake Up in the Morning

I am not a morning person. Even with a solid 8-9 hours of sleep it's not fun waking up early. Not much helps, but I have found a few things that make a significant difference.

written by: Forrest Bloom

Give yourself some extra time

Set your alarm 10 minutes earlier than you think you should. After your alarm goes off, lay in bed for an extra 10 minutes before you get up. This makes the transition from bed to life a smooth one. Think slow and steady. Use those 10 minutes for going over your plans for the day, or do what I do 90% of the time and check Twitter and IG.

Pick clothes out the night before

Picking out clothes the night before will save you time and mental energy. It can also help prevent decision fatigue. Yeah, decision fatigue is a real thing.

Combine coffee with l-theanine

Many of you probably start your day with a cup of coffee. I like to make a basic cup of coffee more effective by combining it with l-theanine, an amino acid typically found in teas. L-theanine is relaxing, but not sedating; it's responsible for the calm feeling you get while drinking green tea. Combining 150-200 mg of l-theanine with a cup of coffee gives me focused energy with no jitters. Caffeine + l-theanine is a game changer.

Sleep is essential.