How to Actually Feel Awake in the Morning

How to Actually Feel Awake in the Morning: even if you feel like a zombie and could fall asleep on your floor | College with Caitlyn

Waking up in the morning isn’t difficult, it’s staying awake and ignoring the urge to crawl back into bed after you turn your alarm off that’s difficult. And that’s coming from a self-proclaimed morning person.

I think one of the big differences between morning people and night owls is that us morning peeps know all the secret ways to get our body and brain moving so that we don’t fall back asleep. But it’s not fair if just us morning people know those secrets! So I’m breaking the barrier and sharing seven things that can help you stay awake and get moving in the a.m.!

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Put your alarm on the other side of your room

Not only will this help you stay off your phone before bed, but it will get you out of bed in the morning. I don’t do this anymore, but it saved me in high school and when I worked at the office during the summer.

The basic incentive to do this is that when your alarm goes off, you’ll literally have to get up to turn it off. Now yeah I know you could technically just fall back into bed, but I’m always too scared I won’t wake up again for class or work. Instead, I found myself laying on the floor a lot just holding my phone. Then when I got super uncomfortable I would finally get up and head to the bathroom to get ready.

Wash your face (or shower)

Okay, this is just basic hygiene but I’m adding it anyway. Getting hit in the face by cold water really does wonders to wake you up. Bonus points if your face wash or soap has a strong fruity scent. Something about citrus smells really just helps perk me up.

Speaking of the cold thing, I always found myself becoming more awake while walking to class in the winter. Talk about a cold slap to the face!


Eat breakfast

It’s common knowledge that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. But I bet it’s not so common knowledge that eating wakes you up. Or, to put it more honestly, the lure of food gets me out of bed long enough to feel awake.

And I don’t know about you, but I can’t go to sleep right after eating. So there’s no way I’m jumping back in bed after eating a big bowl of cereal.

Blast some music

You know how when people are really tired and they have to drive somewhere their friends tell them to blast music to stay awake? Well, the same thing applies to just waking up in the morning. There really is no better way to fully wake up and stay awake than having a dance party.

This isn’t always possible if you live with roommates, though. Especially not if you’re waking up before them. But if you’re lucky, your roommate will have a class before you. That way you can blast all the Nicki Minaj and Charlie Puth you want.

Related: How to Survive Living with a Random Roommate

Do your hair

I often sit and wonder how I ever survived getting up before 6 a.m. every day back in high school. I’ve finally found the answer to that. Recently, I had gotten up early to curl my hair before work when I realized I wasn’t tempted to go jump back in bed.

Having a hair tool that’s almost 400 degrees next to your face has its ways of waking you up. Big time.

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Put on make-up

Like with doing my hair, I find that applying make-up help stimulate my brain and keep me awake. Make-up is a form of artwork, and something I thoroughly enjoy playing with, so it makes sense that I want to stay awake to use it.

If you don’t really like make-up, this tip may not help you out much. I have no way of testing it though. So if you don’t like make-up, test this out for me and let me know if it helps!


You don’t need to do a full on sunrise salutation to reap the benefits of stretching in the a.m. Stretching after waking up helps to increase the blood flow to your brain, which is part of what drives the act make you feel more lively.

I like to do simple stretches in the morning. Things like reaching for my toes (while still in bed of course) and maybe a few neck stretches as well. Then I’m up and off to start my day!

What do you do right when you wake up?

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