We’re all guilty of it from time to time. I think that most of us would say that we hit the snooze button more than we’d like to. Tell me if this sounds familiar. You set your alarm at night and promise yourself that you’ll get right up, brush your teeth, go for a workout, and be off the races. The next thing you know, it’s 6am and your old friend, the snooze, is whispering in your ear. Twenty of thirty minutes later, you’re finally crawling out of bed, decide you probably don’t have time for that workout, and you feel like you’ve started your day in the loss column.
First off, it’s ok. Springing out of bed in the morning is tough and discipline is a finite resource. Having said that, there are huge benefits to winning the morning and starting your day with intention. If you’re interested in exploring this topic more deeply, there are some great tools like Miracle Morning and Five Minute Journal that I highly recommend. They are excellent resources for individuals looking to establish effective morning routines.
But, what about couples? If you’re sharing a bed, and presumably an alarm clock, we’ve got a simple way for you to stop doing battle with the snooze button and make it an ally. Jeni and I have started using an effective, though cheesy sounding ritual that we call “The One Snooze Snuggle”, and I’m in no way embarrassed to share it with you. Here’s how it works:
- Set your alarm for 10 minutes before when you’d like to get out of bed.
- Wake up when the alarm goes off and hit the snooze button.
- Rollover, say good morning, and assume a comfortable snuggling position.
- Try to stay awake and enjoy each other’s company for 10 minutes.
- When the alarm goes off again, get up.
Since we’ve started doing this, I have found it so much easier to get out of bed and start my morning with some energy. Here’s why it works so well:
- You’ve already “budgeted” for the extra 10 minutes, so the snooze it guilt free.
- Taking 10 minutes will let you wake up a bit and think through the rest of your morning. This makes you proactive, not reactive.
- Spending 10 minutes being close with your partner releases endorphins and puts you in a positive mood.
- As Jeni says, “Its good for our love”. In a hectic life that involves kids, jobs, many other obligations, it is easy to neglect this intimate time together.
Instead of giving yourself a hard time about hitting the snooze, try this instead, and start your day off on a good note. Taking just 10 minutes will help you reduce stress, win the morning, and get a little closer to your partner in the process.