That morning boost of caffeine might be a hoax, but that's not stopping the majority of people from chugging a cup of joe first thing to jump-start their brains. If you're hooked on your morning cup of coffee, why not try these drug-free techniques?
- Sleep with your window shades open: Even if the sun is shining outside, you'll have no idea if you're sleeping in cave-like darkness. Keep your curtains slightly open and as the sun rises outside, it will gently pour in and gradually wake you up.
- Snooze on purpose: I don't know how people can wake right up after their alarm goes off. I set my alarm at least 40 minutes before I actually have to wake up. That way, I can snooze many times, and it gets my body and mind used to the idea that soon I'll have to get out of bed.
- Exercise in the morning: If you can, set your alarm even earlier so you can wake up and go for a walk, jog, or pop in a fitness DVD. Or you can even stretch in bed. By doing something you want to do,