When it comes to dragging yourself out of bed in the morning, there’s only one major thing that’ll help – getting plenty of sleep. I know it’s tempting to stay up all night (because that’s the only time you can do whatever you want without anybody bothering you), but you live during the day. You can’t avoid that. You have just as much right to enjoy every hour of daylight as anybody else, so don’t feel like you have to hide away in the night. Accepting what you can’t change isn’t failure; it’s not giving up, it’s conquering your limitations. This is what people mean when they say, “when life hands you lemons, make lemonade”. It’s about taking your sour situation and making it sweet. That’s all about you and your own actions, no one else’s. Don’t dread facing the day, because every day is your day. Staying up all night won’t make waking up and carrying on any easier, and after all, a lonely life spent in the dark with your laptop is no life at all if you’re not happy.
If you lie awake at night due to anxiety, stress, or you just can’t seem to get to sleep, try taking melatonin (a supplement to help you relax) until your sleep patterns are back on track. If that’s not powerful enough for you or your sleeping troubles are due to other problems, ask a psychiatrist for a sleeping pill prescription. I took a very low dose of Trazodone when I was in grade 12 to make sure I fell asleep at the right time every night until I got used to it (as well as two tablets of melatonin). So if you try your best and your constant efforts go unheeded, I would recommend asking a doctor for help, just until you get on your feet (or off them, I should say.)
Either way, your sleep schedule is so damn important it basically affects every other aspect of your life, a strong one being mood. Right off the bat, the second you wake up in the morning, your mood is set. It may diminish or change slightly throughout the day, but a painful morning will follow you around like a monster on your back. I know you know what I’m talking about. If you only get four hours of sleep and are scared awake by the world’s most jarring alarm, only to have to drag yourself out of your warm and comfy bed into the cold air of oh-my-god-why-am-I-even-alive-ness, you are suffering, and that’s just not right. You should wake naturally if you get enough sleep. Just that one thing will improve your morning so much, you won’t believe it. It’s like sleeping in everyday; simply magical. And providing that vital sustenance for your body and your mind (because proper sleep also affects mental well being) will not only make you happier, brighter, and smarter, but you’ll be more present. That’s a big one.
Teenagers like to sleep, it’s a fact. Wether it’s until noon on the weekends or in every math class, you inevitably have to catch some Z’s. So do it right, and be the one teenager who enjoys sleep even more than the rest of ’em.