7 ways to make early mornings less painful

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“Mornings? Ain't nobody got time for that!” Lyrical Prodigy 

It’s that time again. The start of the academic year is peeping around the corner and students will soon be heading back to their classrooms. 

While it means you’ll be back with your friends or enjoying the excitement of fresher’s week, the return to studying also brings the arrival of those early mornings, which many of us had tried to forget about over the summer holidays. 

Here’s how you can ease back into the routine... 

Don’t snooze

We’ve all been there. You’ve stayed up too late because you were finishing off that series on Netflix and now your alarm is pulling you out of the dream you were having about lying on a beach in Bora Bora. All you want to do is to hit that snooze button, but don’t or you’ll be groggy all morning. 

If you’re a serial offender for snoozing, try placing your alarm on the other side of the room.

Get hydrated

It’s tempting to hit the coffee quick and hard first thing in the morning, but try switching your instant coffee for a big glass of water. Not only does it help improve the quality of your skin and aid weight loss, but it also improves brain function. 

Your brain’s tissue is made up of 75% water, so after a long sleep, it can become dehydrated and lead to fatigue. Put a pint glass of water next to your bed- you can also add a slice of lemon for a refreshing twist to your morning.

“Definitely a night owl. I need to swim in a vat of coffee if I need to wake up particularly early” Champagne Supernova


student listening to music

Blast the tunes

Whether you do it while still in bed, while you’re getting ready or during your walk to your lecture, listening to music is a must. Not only can it stimulate your creative juices but it has been proven to get you motivated and elevate your mood. 

There is nothing like your favourite tune in the morning to set you up for the day. 


Pull yourself away from scrolling through your social media feeds and get stretching. It doesn’t have to be a one handed tree pose, particularly if you’ve been hitting the jager bombs the night before, but some simple stretching can make a world of difference.

Not only does stretching give you more energy, increase blood flow to the brain and relieve muscle tension, but it can also improve mindfulness. 

“Well today I got up at about 06:15 and went for a run before the sun came up!” Ryan9900 


Eat something

Food is fuel for your body, so load up before you head out the door. Try to avoid left over Dominos or last night’s kebab if you can and maybe make a smoothie or a bowl of your favourite cereal. 

If you can’t face your Weetabix, grab a banana and your body will thank you for it later. 


student eating apple

Preparation, Preparation, Preparation

By packing you bag or laying out your clothes the night before, you can save those precious minutes in the morning needed to spend flattening that one hair that just won’t stay still. By not rushing it will set you up for a better day. 

If you’ve had a couple pints at the SU, take some vitamin C and drink lots of water before bed, it’ll help ease the headache the following day. 


Make your bed

As mundane as it may seem, by making your bed before you dash out the door, you will feel a sense of achievement. 

It also means that when you’ve dragged yourself back from your lecture or come home after college, you can crawl back under the freshly made covers. 


How do you feel about mornings? Are you a night owl or early bird? Have your say and cast your vote here

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