Life and living: Gear to get you going

Would you consider yourself a morning person? Or do you find yourself struggling to roll out of bed most mornings. Either way, we’ve rounded up the latest and greatest gadgets and methods to keep you energized all day long.

Sound the alarm...or don’t

If you’re an adrenaline junkie, the Clocky alarm clock may be right up your alley. It’s like any other alarm clock—it blasts a loud noise and you have the option to snooze it—but it’s on wheels. That means it’ll take off (yes, off your nightstand) and race around your room until you can catch it and turn it off. And at that point, you’re already out of bed, so it just makes sense to get the day started.

If you’re not a fan of blaring noise waking you out of a deep sleep, then consider a more pleasant awakening with a wake-up light alarm clock. The Wake-Up alarm clock simulates the rising sun until it glows bright enough for your brain to wake up for the day. There’s also an option to play ambient noises to start the morning more peacefully.

Set the scent scene

Wake up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee with a programmable coffee maker. Prepare your coffee before you go to bed and set the machine to start your coffee a few minutes before your alarm goes off so you can enjoy fresh coffee without the wait.

Not a coffee person? Try an essential oil diffuser instead. Simply fill the diffuser with distilled water and a few drops of your favorite energizing oils, like peppermint, orange, lemon, spearmint or bergamot. These will help energize your body and mind without the caffeine jolt.

Feel your best

Do you wake up with a kink in your neck or a knot in your back? Work through the pain and get your blood flowing with a body massager or a massage gun. In just a few minutes, you’ll ease away the pain and be ready to take on the day.

If a body massager isn’t your thing, spend five to 10 minutes slowly stretching your body to relieve any tension or pain that popped up during the night. Work from the ground up, starting with your lower body until you make your way to your neck and head. Gently stretch your muscles and joints to limber up for the day ahead.

Get up and at ‘em

The best thing you can do in the morning is not hit that snooze button. We know it’s tempting to catch a few extra minutes of sleep, but it can make you even groggier. Give these gadgets and methods a try—you may just be a morning person in disguise. 

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