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You Snooze, You Lose: Top tips to beat your alarm clock

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Do you consider yourself a bit of a snoozer when it comes to getting yourself out of bed in the morning? You’re not alone - 50% of Brits queried in a recent survey admitted to hitting the snooze button.

The findings of 2,000 respondents* highlighted the nation’s sloth-like behaviour and suggested many of us need to change our habits.

The worst offenders were aged between 18 and 24, with 16.44% admitting they hit snooze at least four times a day.

So what can we do? As our mighty nation seems to spend much of its time plagued with darkness and bad weather, reasons to get up on time may seem few and far between. Here are some tips aimed at getting you to leap out of bed with a bit more vigour and aplomb in your step and ensuring you’re always on time for those early morning lectures.

Buy a novelty alarm clock that runs away

For around 30 English pounds, you can buy yourself a ‘Clocky’. Created by a genius (or evil mad man, depending how you look at it), this little fella will burst into life as soon as the alarm goes and start running around your room. Of course, you need to get out of bed and catch him before he can be turned off, by which time you may as well just get up.There’s also a clock on the market that begins shredding money if you press snooze. Who’d have thought we’d get an alarm clock that gets irony? If the student loan is dwindling, you can always try putting your alarm at the other side of the room.

Out of bed and straight into the frying pan?

Getting out of bed a little earlier can allow you time to cook some breakfast that will kick start your day perfectly. An omelette is a brilliant option, as it’s quick, healthy and won’t break the bank, giving you enough energy to see you through until lunchtime, whilst also stopping you from mid-morning snacking. Wash it down with a glass of water to hydrate your body, or a cup of coffee.

Step away from the screen…

Quite often it’s the environment we’re in that is preventing us from getting up. Many of us have several distractions such as TVs, laptops, smart phones and tablets. Not only is it harder to wind down in bed when you’ve been glued to the screen for hours, they can act as a distraction during the night and hinder the quality of sleep. Keep them switched off and as far away as possible and try reading a book before bed instead.

Go to bed early!

Without risking sounding like your parents, it is an obvious but very good way to ensure your weary bones get out of bed on time. To make it worthwhile, give yourself an incentive and either start the day with some exercise or even just half an hour having breakfast with your partner or housemate. Exercising early on proves more effective as your body only has fat to burn rather than a whole days’ worth of food. It also means your evenings are free to do as you please and not worry about the gym.

Avoid boozing on school nights (stop laughing at this one)

Whilst a few drinks may initially send you off to sleep, most of us will invariably suffer a poorer sleep or awake during the night, struggling to nod back off again. This is because alcohol interferes with the amount of deep sleep you get. As it wears off, you will jump back to the R.E.M stage of sleep which is much easier to awake from and will not repair your body sufficiently; this is why you often wake up with a hangover, looking and feeling like you’ve been hit by a truck. If you must drink, then do so in moderation and drink plenty of water before bed.

*The survey was carried out by the UK’s leading conference call service provider Powwownow.

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