BY ELEANOR LEWIS ON MARCH 21, 2014.
Sleep is one of the most important things in my life. Let’s face it, I get up as late as I possibly can in order to assemble myself in a somewhat socially acceptable manner. Here’s how it usually used to go: wake up (feeling like P Diddy optional), turn on light, then scramble like an egg to get things together before I run out the door.
Over my years with our school schedule (and tardy policy), I’ve come across five tips to a more efficient morning:
1. Think through your clothes. It’s never fun to run around your house looking for the mate to your sock. Something that can make your morning ten times easier is deciding what to wear to school the night before. This doesn't mean you have to painstakingly lay out clothes; just before you fall asleep, think about what’s clean and where everything is located. If you are like me and lose consciousness before your head even hits the pillow: you brush your teeth every night, use that time to think about what you have to do the next day (including getting dressed).
2. Only set one alarm. I have heard many people suggest setting multiple alarms in case you miss one. Bad idea. If you know there is a second alarm, you are ten times more likely to skip the first because you know the second is there. If there is no back up alarm time, you will be more likely to get up the first time for fear of sleeping in. Those ten minutes of sleep are not going to help you feel any more awake.
3. Plan a nap. It is a truth universally acknowledged that a high school student in search of good grades must be in want of a nap. The science shows that 20 minute naps are great for brain function. As high school students, we often remark how naptimes were wasted on us as children, but guess what. The school administrators have given us a nap time! Plan in the morning to find a quiet room during SMART Block to put your head down and the idea that you are going to have that mental break later in the day may keep you conscious in the morning.
4. Cut down on your shower time (Sorry guys, these next two are for the ladies). Morning showers are the best, they wake you up and help you start the day off refreshed, but it takes forever to wash all the shampoo and conditioner out of your hair. I shouldn’t have to tell you that it’s bad to wash your hair every day, but if you were not aware, consider switching things up. If you still need to wash your hair in the morning there are more time saving tactics. Shampooing the length of your hair can dry it out and conditioning your roots can make your hair oily, so shampoo your roots and condition your ends at the same time. If you do them together you only have to rinse once!
5. Put on your face. I know many girls don’t even wear make up for school, but if you do there are ways to make the process quicker. Use a BB cream or a CC cream instead of a true foundation. This tinted moisturiser is a two in one product that will hydrate your skin and even your skin tone. If you don’t wear makeup to school it’s still something to consider. It wouldn’t add any time to your routine and can give your skin a well rested look.