8 Tips For Surviving 8AM Classes As A Night Owl

8 Tips For Surviving 8AM Classes As A Night Owl

Wondering how you’ll wake up early in college?! How to get up and make it to your 8AM classes?
I’ve taken plenty of early morning classes in college and have made it worked (even as a night-owl).
Learn how I survive early morning classes

One of the biggest hurdles in college is getting used to waking yourself up early for your 8 AM classes.

It can be really easy to just hit snooze and then panic when you realize you have overslept and are late for your classes.

Waking up late and rushing to your 8 AM classes just adds more stress and chaos to your day!

Typically, how you start the day is how you’ll end it.

Don’t you want a calm, productive, and no-stress day?

Of course you do!

So how exactly do you wake up early for your classes and ensure the rest of your day runs as smoothly as possible?

How To Survive Early Morning Classes

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Avoid Too Much Coffee

Coffee might be your go-to when you are feeling tired and groggy.

I have been a self-professed coffee addict for years.

When you wake up early and need that little boost to help you pay attention in your morning classes, it’s easy to grab a cup of joe.

But it could be preventing you from getting enough sleep as well.

Coffee can keep you up at night, making you go to bed later.

This then makes you sleep in more, or feel more tired when you wake up in the morning.

Cut out as much coffee as you can during the day, including energy drinks and sodas!

Rethink Your Study Habits

College can be so busy, and because of this, many students choose to stay up and study at night.

This might feel like the only way you can get all your studying in, but it has to stop.

Studying late at night and pulling all-nighters can cause havoc with your sleep schedule.

Not only will you battle to wake up early, but you will find it difficult to fall asleep at night as well.

Try to find ways to shorten your study sessions, as shorter study sessions help you concentrate better!

Plan to study well in advance of a test or exam, so that you don’t need to pull all-nighters!

Have A Curfew For Devices

While having our devices on and available 24/7 allows us to stay connected, we need to put a curfew on our electronics.

When you feel like you are always connected, it can be difficult to switch off and ignore the notifications and messages on your phone.

If you get into bed and scroll social media, you will find it really difficult to put your phone down and to go to sleep at an acceptable hour.

Rather put your phone down as you get into bed, and keep it off.

Watching movies and scrolling social media in bed each night can confuse your brain, and it will stop associating your bed with sleep.

This makes it difficult for you to relax and lull off into sleep each night.

Use An Alarm Clock

Don’t rely on your phone to be your alarm clock, once again it should be off and away from your bed!

Invest in an old fashioned alarm clock that has a loud ring.

Keep it across the room from you so you are forced to get out of bed.

Keeping the alarm clock across the room means you can’t hit snooze ten times in a row without having to actually get out of bed.

It will take some getting used to at first, but you will soon get into the habit!

Avoid Burning Out

During your time in college, you will find that there are times when you are overrun with assignments and feel like the only way to get the assignments done is to stay up late.

You might want to power through to get as much work done as possible, but this can lead to burnout rather quickly.

Instead, don’t be afraid to ask for help!

There are some great online tools you can use that help to check your work, and sites where people will proofread and edit your assignments.

This saves so much time, and you can feel more confident in the work you are sending in!

Take advantage of all the resources your college offers and avoid pulling an all-nighter.

Be proactive and start tasks weeks before they are due.

Go To Bed Early

With your days being so busy, you might feel like your only free time is when you are in bed at night.

Staying up late is incredibly tempting, but you almost need to force yourself to go to sleep early.

The earlier you go to bed, the earlier you will wake up.

For those who are night owls, you can gradually go to sleep earlier and earlier, by a few minutes every night.

This way it won’t be such a shock when you try to force yourself to go to sleep early.

If going to sleep early isn’t too easy for you, try to use white noise machines, earplugs, or eye masks to make falling asleep easier and more comfortable.

Create A Good Sleep Environment

This step is essential if you want to not only survive early morning classes, but thrive!

To be able to wake up early, feeling refreshed in the morning, you need to have a good night’s sleep.

This is easier for some than others.

One of the best ways to ensure that you get a good night’s sleep is to create a good sleep environment for yourself.

Ensure that your room is dark, comfortable, and that you have kept out as much noise as possible.

You can also invest in a weighted blanket.

Weighted blankets help calm you during the night and make you feel more comfortable in bed.

Eye masks, earplugs, and sleep noise apps all do well to help you have a better sleep.

Better sleep means that you will feel happier and more refreshed when waking up early in the morning!

Create A Habit When Waking Up

When you follow all the other steps on how to wake up early in the morning, the last thing you need to change is your attitude!

A lot of life is attitude.

You can choose to regret ever taking your early morning course when your alarm goes off.


You can make a habit of jumping straight out of bed and getting started on your routine.

This breaks you away from the soft comfort of your bed instantly and means you are less likely to go back to sleep or spend ages just lying in bed.

Make a mental plan the night before to get up early, jump out of bed, and get your day started!

What are your best tips to survive early morning classes?
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