It’s rare that people genuinely enjoy waking up early. Yes, there are those who claim that they are a “morning person,” but that’s usually because they have to be up. I think it’s safe to say that given the choice to sleep in, one would take it in a heartbeat. Unfortunately, as athletes, we don’t usually get that choice. And most of you probably know what I’m taking about. Whether you have early practices or early workouts, it’s a struggle to get out of bed. But guess what? We have to do it. Here are a few suggestions for how to make waking up a little less terrible.

1. Set your clothes out the night before. Whether it’s your workout clothes, or just comfy clothes to wear to practice, it’s so much easier to not have to wake up and think about what you’re gonna wear. You just see it and put it on.

2. Similar to #1, pack your bag the night before. Depending on what you need for your practice/workout, make sure to get it ready prior to going to bed. Or, do you have to go class right after? If yes, make sure to bring some food or extra clothes. That way you can just toss your backpack over your shoulder and walk out the door.

3. Go to bed at a reasonable time. I understand you want to stay up late watching TV, or FaceTiming your BFF at a different school, but trust me, you’ll be grateful for the extra hours of sleep. If you go to bed at 1 a.m., and have to be up at 6 a.m., that’s just setting a rough tone for the day. Not only will you be miserable waking up, but most likely you’ll have a tough time staying a wake through the day and during your classes.

4. Eat something. Anything. Before you head out. Like they say, the most important meal of the day is breakfast. Basically, it gets everything going in your body. So instead of skipping food, get something in your stomach. Personally, I’m not a big breakfast person. So I usually stick to a granola bar, piece of fruit, or even yogurt. Find a few small things that you can grab and go, and you’ll feel a little more energized.