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10 Ways to Wake Up Refreshed and Happy

Sick of hitting the snooze button until you’re late for work? Tired of being the grouchy morning person? Here are 10 things you can try to get your body rolling.

Whether you’re a person who hits the snooze button until you’re running late or someone who gets up when the alarm goes off but feels groggy and sour all morning, one thing is clear: Waking up is hard to do! This is a common experience for a large number of people all across the globe. Some doctor’s blame genetics, noting that some people are simply programmed to be ‘night owls’ and sleep during the day. However, if you’re like the millions of people who have to get up in the morning for a job, then chances are you’re looking for a better way to start your day then by slapping that snooze button and growling at your cheerful morning friends. Here’s some things you can try!

  1. Doodle. Some researchers believe that stimulating certain eye movements such as those made by repeatedly drawing figure eights can create a sense of calm, enabling you to wake up happier. I’ve tried this a few times, and it works okay when I’m feeling stressed and anxious about a busy day or big event. But on the average day, making myself calm when I’m trying to wake up isn’t that useful. In fact, at times, it has made me want to go back to bed.

  2. Specialty Alarm Clocks. Certain alarm clocks are now being sold that are designed to help you wake up more naturally. One that’s sold on Hammacher.com is the Peaceful Progression alarm clock which uses a variety of light, sounds, and smells that are designed to slowly and peacefully arouse you from your sleep. This makes me think of waking up when I was in high school. I would hear my parents tinkering around the kitchen and the smells of bacon and eggs cooking would permeate the house. Gradually, I would wake up and feel ready to roll. This is the idea behind this alarm clock, and it seems like a nice idea in theory. However, if you sleep in the same bed as someone else and they don’t get up as early as you do, this could be problematic.

  3. Listen to Music. Listening to loud, energetic music or set your alarm to play such music when it goes off. Listening to loud music gets your blood flowing through your veins and makes you ready to move and get going. Obviously, your music preferences will help you determine the best songs to program in to waking up, but in general ones that always make you want to sing and dance will be the best. I personally like silly childhood songs because they make me feel giddy and alive just like a child. The good part of this method is that you can do it using headphones so you don’t disturb other household members with different schedules.

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  1. James DeVere

    On November 30, 2008 at 4:42 am


    I really liked this article. The bit about sleeping 6 and 8 not 7 hours is really true.

    For some unusual reason and odd number of hours of sleep seem to create grogginess. Perhaps, subconsciously,we are following the flow of Time – it has a physical effect.

    Also, fight going to sleep after dinner. Burn away the dinner and go to sleep at 12am. That way your stomach doesn’t wake you at 3am. Diet, nutrition and digestion play a big role.

    :) j

  2. TunaCaptain

    On November 30, 2008 at 2:35 pm


    Would’nt it be easier to just let us sleep and work when we wanted? Their’s computers and we can do just about anything fomr home can’t we?

  3. Dee Gold

    On November 30, 2008 at 9:41 pm


    wow,these are wonderful tips,thanks

  4. Dirk Ewy

    On September 8, 2009 at 3:35 pm


    These are scientifically unfounded tips. If you have trouble sleeping or waking up, consult with your doctor.

    When looking for advice on any subject, especially your health, seek help from an expert. Do not listen to random people on the internet such as this person, who think they are qualified to post their opinions about anything regardless of how many people they may harm.

    “get up, drink a coke, go back to bed and wake up 30 minutes later” …………….this is awful advice and it’s people like you that make the internet a scary place to search for help. You should be ashamed of yourself.

  5. Brenda E.

    On March 12, 2010 at 10:52 am


    I have a problem waking up in the morning happy. I wake up absolutely miserable!! My husband is happy in the morning and I am the complete opposite!! I never used to be like this! Lately it has gotten to the point where we fight in the morning because I jump down his throat at everything he says and does! How can I stop this? I don’t want to be miserable all the time. Please give me some advise!

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