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Are you a morning person? I am-- once I'm up, showered, and fed, but getting out of bed isn't exactly my favorite thing to do. These winter mornings are especially hard. Dawn comes late and it just seems easier to pretend it's still nighttime, even though my alarm clock or my children say otherwise. If you have a tough time getting going in the mornings, there are a few small changes you can make to your bedroom to make things easie, according to MSNBC.

1. Let there be light. Turn your bed so that you can see out the window when you wake up in the morning. Leave your shade up when you go to bed (or put it up first thing in the morning). As the sun comes up, your body will get the message that it's time to get up and it will send out a delivery of feel good serotonin. If you get up before the sun, consider an alarm clock that simulates the sunrise.

2. Speaking of light. When replacing light fixtures, look for those that aim light toward the ceiling. This will reflect light back down into the room. It's not the same as the sun, but it may help.

3. Bedrooms are for sleeping. TV in your bedroom? Move it out. Just think about what you could do with all that extra space! If you can't part with your TV/laptop/PDA in the bedroom, at least turn them off an hour before you go to sleep. Technological devices give off a blue light, which puts the brakes on the body's production of sleepy-time melatonin. If you or your kids need a night light, opt for one with a reddish tone over blue as well.

And if all of that doesn't work, you can always try Feng Shui. Sweet dreams!



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