How to Wake Up Better In The Morning and NOT Feel Tired?


This is Zarina here and today I’d like to talk about something that I personally tried just recently.

Do you know how to wake up better in the morning and not to feel tired?

There are a lot of ways to make it work but, in this article, I will talk about an alarm clock.

Yep, that’s right. An alarm clock.

I will get to that in a bit.

Let me start by saying that I developed a habit of rising early thanks to my university morning classes that started at 8:30 am. Throughout the 4 years, I was consistent with waking up early – even though I considered myself to be a night owl.

And it was so up until recently.

There are a few factors that affected my morning schedule.

First of all, I graduated from university and started an online business last year – meaning that I didn’t have to get up super early and commute to school, nor did I have to go to a 9-to-5 office job.

But I figured that this cannot be the major factor because when I was in Havana in April and Holguin in December 2016, I had absolutely no problem waking up at 7 am and felt super energized every morning.

By the way, here is a collage of pictures from the trip. (More on my Instagram page).


What I noticed is that when I came back home, I couldn’t help but feel groggy each morning.

I just felt like I didn’t want to wake up and wished I could crawl back into bed (and sometimes I did).


Why the sudden change?

I hated struggling each morning and I needed a solution.

Recently, I read some article on light therapy and how it’s helpful to use certain lights to simulate sunlight and improve the mood overall. Apparently, this kind of light help people with Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) and help to regulate sleeping patterns.

Then it hit me!

Not having the sunlight during the morning to reach my eyes most likely was the problem.

Thus, the difference between waking up in Havana and waking up in Toronto.

The thing is that I moved from the condo in downtown Toronto (that had glass walls) to a house in Newmarket a few months ago and I chose to live in the basement area of the house. As you may guess, living in the basement means that it’s very dark when I go to bed, and the light never reaches my eyes when I wake up.

If you remember, a few months ago I shared an article on advantages of waking up early from my perspective and within the post, I included the wake-up light that was highly recommended by a friend of mine, Steve.

A while ago, he shared that:

“I felt my mood had improved significantly and I felt good all day. This wake up light just works. As someone who suffers from seasonal affective disorder (SAD), this wake up light is going to a blessing during the long, cold, winter months.

If you struggle to wake up in the morning and need that extra boost, I highly suggest you pick up your own Philips Wake Up Light.”

I started experiencing difficulties waking up early when I moved to another area, long after I wrote an article on the advantages of being an early riser.

It made complete sense to me, so I decided to give the wake-up light a try and I wasn’t disappointed.

Now, Steve recommended Philips HF3470 Wake-Up Light, but I did my own research and I figured that Philips HF3520 was a better option.

Maybe because Steve bought his wake-up light model years ago, and the HF3520 model seems to be a better deal in 2016-2017.

And it’s a bestseller product on Amazon too.

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How to Wake Up Better In The Morning And NOT Feel Tired?

Simply speaking, Philips HF3520 is an alarm clock with colored sunrise simulation.

Unlike the traditional alarm clocks, 30 minutes before this wake-up light starts to make a sound, the light kicks in and gets brighter and brighter. (Just like the sound, you can control the level of the brightness).

I believe that due to this, your subconscious mind adjusts to this “rising sun” aspect and so it gives a better waking up experience. At least, it worked for me.

Anyway, I chose this model largely due to the Amazon reviews and the price. It seemed like a relatively good quality-price balance to me.

Besides, I trusted my friend’s experience with it. So, I made my order and I didn’t regret it.

This is such a pleasant way to wake up, especially if the actual sunlight doesn’t reach your eyes. (Now it makes complete sense why I was getting up early in Havana without any problem). The Philips wake-up helps me wake up to a room full of light and with a pleasant bird chirping sound.

No wonder why my mood is always great throughout the day. Although I must be honest, I do have a quality of being in good mood in all situations without the wake-up light too 😉

I have a confession to make.

Initially, I didn’t enjoy spending over $100 on this wake-up light.

But I figured that if I want to manage my time effectively with my online business, I need to wake up early, especially since there is no office boss around to control me.

Even though I found the price a bit too much for an alarm clock, it made sense to invest in it since I’d use it on a daily basis and will use it for many more years to come. My university years taught me a good lesson on the benefits of waking up early and I am going to stick with it.

My friend’s recommendation proved to be right. I wake up on a positive note each morning and with a great sense of feeling fresh. As a result, it positively affected my work and my mood. For me, it was worth the price. If I were to go back in time, I would gladly buy it again.

This being said, if you are like me and struggle to wake up early in the morning for whatever reasons, I recommend trying out the Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light.

You can check it out at Amazon by clicking here.

I believe it comes with a 30-day or 45-day money back guarantee, so if you try this alarm clock and don’t see the results, return it! Personally, I started seeing results after my first night with it and I sure am satisfied.

It might not be Cuba in my basement, but it sure does help 😉

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