5 Life Hacks for a Better Morning Routine in College

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Since most college students sleep less than they should, you’re probably hitting the snooze button several times before starting your morning routine. When you realize you’ve overslept, you rush around to get yourself ready for class and sometimes even have to skip breakfast. It’s no way to start a productive day!

It’s hard to improve sleeping habits for college students. If you’re up all night studying or writing papers, you might not wake up for class the next morning, and you’ll certainly be falling asleep in classes later in the day. Ditch the caffeine that’s allowing you to stay awake at night, and start trying to go to sleep earlier. Don’t wait until the last minute to finish class work — get it done early and reward yourself with much-needed sleep.

Improve Your Morning Routine, Improve Your Day

Your morning routine sets the tone for the rest of the day. Here are a few tips to avoid starting your school day in a hectic mess.

Skip the Snooze Button

Yes, five more minutes of sleep feels great, but it’s actually counter-productive. When your alarm initially wakes you up, your REM sleep cycle is already interrupted, so falling back to sleep is not going to allow you to get the deep, rejuvenating sleep you crave — and you may wake up feeling even groggier. Instead, establish a sleep routine that lets you wake up feeling refreshed the first time your eyes see daylight.


Eat a Healthy Breakfast

Food is fuel for your brain. Skipping breakfast, eating a donut or grabbing an energy drink is only going to make you crash early in the day. So keep healthy foods in your dorm room such as nuts, hard-boiled eggs, whole wheat bread and peanut butter, cheese sticks, and fruit that you can eat quickly. That way when you get to class, you can think about what’s being taught instead of staring at the clock counting the hours until lunch time.

Try to Make Time For Exercise

It may be hard to imagine fitting a workout into your morning routine, but if you start sleeping better, you’ll be ready to wake up early enough for a quick walk around campus. Exercise is a great way to wake up your body and mind so you can feel focused for the rest of the day.

Drink Water From the Moment You Wake Up

Sleep uses up the water in your body, so you might wake up feeling dehydrated. Sipping on water as you’re getting ready for class can increase your oxygen flow and flush toxins out of your body. Water kick-starts metabolism and can wake you up, so try replacing that huge sugary frappe with a big bottle of water.

A Good Night’s Sleep Leads to a Happy Morning

A better sleep routine can improve your morning routine, which leads to a better day. If you’re not sleeping your best, your bed may not be comfortable. DormTopper is a plush mattress topper that’s soft, breathable and moisture resistant, allowing you to stay comfortable and dry all night. Start enjoying better sleep so you can make the most of your college experience.

And a good night’s sleep also leads to better grades. Explore our From Zs to As: A Guide to Better Sleep and Better Grades eBook to learn about the connection between sleep and academic success…

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