Thought of the Day

under the duvet

“It was such a lovely day I thought it a pity to get up.”

W. Somerset Maugham

“Only dull people are brilliant at breakfast.”

Oscar Wilde

How do you deal with mornings? Find it easy to get up or are you throwing on your clothes as you gulp down a coffee in a desperate attempt to get your act together inside of 10 minutes flat? Here are 5 tips for starting your day a better way.

  1. Set your alarm – across the room.
  2. Go to bed at the same time every night.
  3. Avoid coffee, red wine and chocolate the night before 😦
  4. Get into a relaxing routine the night before.
  5. Avoid noise during the night. Apparently according toNew Scientist Magazine sleeping through noise could be literally killing you.

Do you hate mornings? I can force myself out of bed on time of a morning but I’m much more of a night-bird by nature. If you have to get up, more often than not you will, but do you have any tips for making the whole thing more bearable? Open windows? Sun salutations? If you have any routines that you swear by, anything that shakes that groggy feeling, share them!

Published by Jill London

Hi, I’m Jill, a writer and teacher living in the UK, usually behind a desk but sometimes on a sofa with a book or a film. I began writing at around age three, legibly by five, although I didn’t write any stories until I was older. Aged eleven, I began writing children’s fiction, mostly middle-grade fantasy and I’m still doing it to this day. I have had stories published online and in My Weekly magazine. The best bit about writing is when ideas pop into your head (from the writing fairy presumably?) and everything starts clipping together like a jigsaw puzzle. The worst bit? When you start to get the feeling there's a piece missing from the box...

12 thoughts on “Thought of the Day

  1. I’m a morning person – never any trouble for me getting up. I do however struggle to stay up late. I get so sleepy at night! I’m usually tucked up with my book by 9.30pm then lights out by 10pm!
    As for waking up tips, mine is to never press snooze on the alarm – set your alarm for the time you want to get up then get up as soon as your alarm goes off. Simple!


    1. That’s a good one, the snooze button just isn’t worth the bother ! Who wants to have to go through waking up twice! Thanks for your comments, Jill 🙂


  2. Like Jill, I am a morning person. I am a natural early riser and rarely have problems getting up. I tend to be more productive in the mornings.

    Also like Jill, I am usually in bed before 10 with the lights out and asleep!

    I do think that routine helps as far as sleeping and waking goes. I normally go to bed at roughly the same time each night and rise around the same time (unfortunate on the weekend!)


    1. Yes, I agree that routine is an important one. It’s essentially how mothers first teach little ones about good sleeping practices after all. As for weekends I find the same problem of waking up at the same time every day. I guess it’s just the downside of that all-important routine.


  3. I’m a morning person, and a creature of habit; I have to have more than a few cups of tea to start each day with a semblance of normalcy. I was just pleased that when we moved back to California from Yorkshire that my husband became a morning person too!

    Thanks for following my blog; hopefully future posts won’t be so drama-laden. 🙂


    1. Oh, I do hope you get things settled with Amazon. It’s times like these that make you long for everything just to go back to normal. The best of luck, Anna x


  4. I’m so not a morning person. I hate getting up early. It’s a torture for me whenever I have a bus to catch early morning.
    I love studying at night. I can stay up late for as long as required. Books, a mug of coffee and night are the things which work for me during exams. 😀
    I want to be a morning person but haven’t yet figured out how. Alarms won’t do! :/


    1. I’ll let you know the minute I find out! I wake up the same time every day, whether I have an alarm or not, but even so I always feel awful in the morning. Most of the comments here would seem to suggest that we just have to get to bed earlier *hmm, makes sense I guess ;-)* but I’m not sure I could do that. I’d be going to bed the minute my chores were done 😦


  5. Number one on your list (Set your alarm – across the room) is rather harsh – I hate getting out of bed when it’s cold!
    The promise of a nice hot cup of tea is what usually forces me out of bed.


    1. We’d never get out of bed at all these days Barbara, it’s cold all the time! It’s a bit like living in Narnia – except there aren’t any talking animals and we do still get Christmas 😉 A hot drink is vital in the morning though, but it’s coffee for me.


    1. You’re absolutely right. I should, of course, have issued a health warning on this list.
      I have seen that chocolate wine for sale but tried to avert my eyes.


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