Getting up in the morning can be one of the hardest things a person can do. Jumping out of bed wide eyed and bushy tailed is not for everyone.

If you think the most difficult thing you do all day is wake up, you need some tips and tricks to help you rise and shine and embrace the day ahead.

Here are five tips and tricks from Everyday Health to help you wake up in the morning:

  • Rethink mornings

Take a hard look at your early morning to-do list. What can you do the night before to ease the morning rush so you can sleep a little longer?

  • Power down before bedtime

For the most restful sleep, turn off all your "screens"--from TV to laptop--about an hour before you climb into bed.

  • Get bright light first thing in the morning

Our bodies are programmed to wake up with the sun. Open the blinds and let the sunshine in or turn on the lights inside your house if it's still dark or rainy outside.

  • Make hitting "snooze" harder

Move your alarm so it is out of arm's reach, making it harder to hit "snooze." You can even move the alarm to the other side of the bedroom so you have to get out of bed to turn it off.

  • Keep your sleep/wake schedule on weekends

Compensating on the weekends for lost weekday sleep actually has the opposite effect: It interrupts your natural body clock. Try to stick to your bedtime/wake-up time even on Saturdays and Sundays.

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