How to Wake Up

Even though I have holidays this week, I woke up at 5AM. Why? In order to WORK.

The morning is the most productive part of the day. If you wake up early, you’ll have won the whole day.

About making the most of the day: I’m writing an e-book. It’s called Lessons Learned From University and features 10 universally applicable life lessons that I’ve learned while going to University. You’ll be able to order it with PayPal.

How do you wake up early? Here are some tips:

1. Get a Wake-Up Light

I have a Philips wake-up lamp and I swear by it. It simulates daylight as you wake up, which is really good in the winter, when it’s dark in the mornings. I set my alarm to wake up at 5 and it will turn on at 4:30, and then gradually become lighter – so you don’t get startled by a sudden light thrown in your face.

When I wake up, I resist the urge to snooze. Instead, I grab my mobile phone and start checking my socials. I do this so that I won’t have to do it later in the day and don’t get distracted from work. The only other times I check my socials is when I’m dropping a deuce.

I’m not affiliated with Philips. I just think the Wake-Up Light is a really good household product.

2. Go To Bed Early

When I stay up late, that time is usually wasted on Netflix or playing games. In order to wake up early, you need to go to bed early – you still need your eight hours of sleep in order to be a functioning human.

So I go to bed around 9, 10PM. In bed I will usually read for about 30 minutes, but not always. I never study in bed. I did it in highschool but I always just end up dozing off.

I make a point of it not to worry about the work that I haven’t done in the day. Tomorrow’s a new day with new opportunities.

3. Don’t Drink Coffee In The Evenings

This is a no-brainer. I feel stupid for having to explain it. If you drink coffee in the evening, you won’t be able to fall asleep as quickly as when you don’t drink coffee in the evening. It messes with your sleep patterns.

Therefore, have coffee only when waking up and when socializing in the afternoon.

An exception I make is for dancing: I drink coffee when I go out. Then after my fifth cup, I’ll switch over to water with ice-cubes. It’s free and hydrates me which I need since I’m sweating all over the dancefloor from dancing too hard.

4. Take a Cold Shower

We all know that feeling of having woken up but not being quite awake yet. A remedy for this is a cold shower. If you feel intimidated, just start with a warm shower and then gradually turn the knob for cold water.

Cold showers help with your bloodflow. A proof of this is that you start glowing after you’ve taken a cold shower, something that I don’t have with hot showers.

Don’t get me wrong, I still take hot showers, but in the evening, when it’s time to relax.


This is the life of a student.

Stay tuned for Lessons from University,

All yours,

Mark Dumanon

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