While Monday mornings are universally recognized for being The Absolute Worst, if you aren't a morning person, every weekday morning holds the same feeling of impending doom once your alarm goes off.
If the first words out of your mouth in the morning are curses, if you set 15 alarms and snooze them all, if you've ever woken up and were immediately thrown into panic when you realized you turned off every one of those 15 alarms in your sleep — reader, this is for you.
First things first: Let's all acknowledge waking up in the morning isn't as breezy as a Neutrogena face wash commercial would make it seem.
But, what will make it a little easier is resisting the urge to hit the snooze button. Seriously, use all of your might not to do that. While those precious "five more minutes" are everything at 7 a.m., experts say hitting the snooze button will actually make you feel more tired than you would if you had just gotten up to begin with.
(And make you less alert and less productive when you finally drag your sorry butt to work.)
Wake up at the same time every day.
Your biological clock is real and it needs attention. According to sleep expert Nerina Ramlakhan, our "circadian timer" works best with some regularity.
"Getting into regular habits does neurologically program the mind, making it easier to pre-empt our alarm call," Ramlakhan told BT.com.
Still struggling? There's an app for that.
Humans move through the five stages of sleep in 90-minute sleep cycles. According to Psychology Today, we may not be meant to sleep in one solid stretch of time, but for 6 hours at night and for 1.5 hours in the afternoon.
But if your boss isn't cool with a midday siesta, apps like Sleep Cycle can track your stages of sleep throughout the night, syncing with your body to wake you up at the optimal time to ensure you feel well rested.