The early morning is usually the time of day when you have most control over. If you are night owl and you want or need to become early bird, keep reading. In fact, regardless of what your natural rhythm, you can train yourself to become early riser. Here are some tips for getting up early.
1. Give yourself a reason for getting up early
If you haven’t any reason to get up early in the morning, you will never do it. That’s why it’s so important to give yourself a reason for getting up early. No matter what’s the reason, it outweighs desire to press the snooze button. I’m a great coffee drinker, and I always set my coffee maker to brew at the time I’d like to get up, so I get up to the smell of freshly brewed coffee. It’s one of my best ways to get up early in the morning.
2. Cut down your sleep time gradually
Even if you used to sleep eight hours, you may get by on less if you train your body to do so. In order to make this process less painful, cut down 30 minutes at a time. Try to sleep for seven and a half hours one week, seven hours the next week, and so on until you are down to your perfect sleep schedule.
3. Wake up at the same time every single day
If you want to feel refreshed in the morning, irrespective of the amount of sleep you got the night before, you should go to bed when you are tired and wake up at the same time every single day. Although it can sound very easy, it can be harder than you think. Even if you go to bed at 1 a.m., you need to set your alarm for the new, earlier time. Don’t force yourself to sleep when you’re not tired, you will end up feeling very frustrated. Moreover you can develop an anxiety around not being able to sleep, and that can lead to insomnia.
4. Move your alarm clock
The hardest thing in the morning is to get out of your comfortable, warm bed. So move your alarm clock to the other side of the room, and set it to a really intolerable sound at full volume. Make sure you set a sound that can drive you crazy enough to make you get up and turn it off.
5. Let the sun shine in
Leave your blinds or curtains open so as to let in the sun shine in the morning. When it’s dark in the room, your body responds by producing melatonin and other sleep hormones. The light provides a natural cue to your body clock that it’s time to wake up. I love waking up with the warm sunshine on my face, it’s so great! Try this way to wake up, you will love it too!
6. Stop snoozing
It’s so hard to do, but we should stop snoozing. I remember those moments when I told myself “just 5 more minutes”, but it’d been an hour or even more and I was always late for my work. And the worst thing about it is that that hour was absolute torture, because of the blaring sound of my alarm clock, which had been disrupting my sleep every 10 minutes. That’s why you must stop snoozing! It’s no longer a good option.
7. Be your own alarm clock
Maybe it sounds crazy, but if you tell yourself you are going to get up at 5:30 a.m., you can wake up naturally. If you have never experienced this, you can try it some time. When you manage to wake up without an alarm clock, you will get up early in the morning feeling remarkably clear and fresh.