We've been there more times than we've ever wanted - the shrill sound of your alarm going off at least two hours before your body actually wants to get up, emerging from the warm comfort of your bed to trade it all for the trials and tribulations of the outside world.
Luckily it's not all doom and gloom. We like to take care of our Bright Network members and as such, we present to you some top tips to help you get off to a flying start each morning.
As with everything, preparation is key. Given our increasingly active lifestyles, it is often very easy to forget to switch off before we try and sleep. With this in mind, try these quick tips before going to bed:
Relax for half an hour before sleep. Try reading a book, or magazine to calm your mind (perhaps stay away from lecture notes though).
2. No alcohol
Contrary to what we like to believe, alcohol won't help you sleep. Why not try a warm cup of camomile tea to help you relax instead?
3. Switch off. Literally.
Disconnect from technology. It is now believed that the brightness of the screens from tablets, phones and computers mimic light from the sun, preventing the production of melatonin - an essential hormone for good rest.
4. Get up and go
Now that you have mastered going to bed, it's also time to tackle the far less enjoyable action of getting out of it again. Nothing can seem more undesirable - especially during exam/revision time. However, once you master your own version of this routine everything else should be a piece of cake.
5. The power of your alarm
Your alarm, just like a personal trainer, can be your motivator. It can dole out the tough love that you need to start of your morning. These days, alarm clocks are a thing of the past, most of us probably use our phones. However, by setting your alarm to a favourite song of yours and then putting it out of arms reach, not only do you have something pleasant to wake up to, it will also force you to get out of bed in order to shut it off.
After all, no matter how much you may enjoy Taylor Swift's newest song, hearing it on repeat for ten minutes isn't an option.
6. Power breakfast
There's a reason they say breakfast is the most important meal of the day: it is. Giving yourself sufficient fuel to power yourself through intense revision sessions is a surefire way to success.
7. Fresh air
Now that you're up and about, try and get some sun. We understand that this is very seasonal however, even on a fresh spring morning the exposure to sunlight shuts off melatonin production, making you more alert. Whether you're heading to lectures, hitting the library or even putting in a jog before you tackle your other tasks we can guarantee it will put a spring in your step.
8. It's only as hard as you make it
Ultimately, getting up is only as hard as you make it. Hopefully with these tips, you are able to attack each day with a bit more verve. While it may not seem as important during your university years, it's an essential tool for your arsenal further down the line. You don't have to take our word for it however, why not try it for yourself?