Morning Routines

Grace Wormley, Staff

Beep beep beep. The alarm goes off in the morning to wake you up for another day of school. Are you one to hit the snooze button five times before actually getting up, or are you up and at em’ before you have to hear another cringe-worthy tone? Morning routines are a crucial part of everyday, as it can set the tone for the day ahead. There can be many benefits to a morning routine. For one, people are most productive in the mornings, and when you set a routine, it can lead to more productivity during your day. It also allows you to get organized and just gain an overall right mindset for the day ahead. Every morning I try to follow the same general pattern, as consistency helps set habits, good or bad.

On an 8:00 day, I set my alarm for 6:35, even though I know full well that I won’t be out of bed until about 7:00. But, having this wake-up period helps me. After I finally get out of bed, the hardest part of every morning, I hop in the shower to fully wake myself up. After my shower, I brush my teeth, wash my face, and get ready for school. Every night before I go to bed I lay out my clothes I’m going to wear for the next day, to save me a little bit of time in the mornings (especially on jeans days). Once this is all said and done, it’s basically time to go to school, so, most mornings I don’t eat breakfast. I’ll occasionally take a protein bar or fruit and some coffee with me to-go, but it just depends on the day. I have gotten in the bad habit of not eating breakfast, as it’s never really been a part of my morning routine. So, that’s proof that a routine can instill habits.

Here are some tips if you’re looking to improve your morning routine:


  1. Listen to your internal clock: For our age group, it is best if we get 7-8 hours of sleep per night. So, if you’re waking up at the same time every morning, it’s helpful to go to bed around the same time every night, even on the weekends. I’ve gotten in this routine and on the weekends I naturally wake up and feel more refreshed. Even when I accidentally oversleep, my body still luckily wakes itself up with enough time to get to school.
  2. Eat a good breakfast: Although I’m guilty of not doing this most mornings, it is really important to get something in your system. Studies show that eating a healthy breakfast can lead to many benefits such as: weight control, improved concentration, and lower cholesterol levels. Picking something nutritious will help give you fuel to get through the day.
  3. Don’t hit snooze: Even though I do it just about every day, there are studies that show it actually causes sleep inertia. This is that groggy feeling you get in the morning after you’re woken up abruptly. Instead of hitting that snooze button for the third time like me, get up the first time your alarm goes off and use that adrenaline your body has given you to feel more awake in the morning.
  4. Stay organized: If you’re like me, and like to get every last minute of sleep in the morning, you can maximize your time by getting prepared for the next morning, the night before. This can range from laying out your clothes, cutting up some fruit, or filling up your water bottle, so you can grab it and go for the morning.