WAKE UP EARLY IN THE MORNING WITHOUT FEELING TIRED.
There are mornings I wake up early, happy like a fairy, but I am not sure if I have had more than ten such mornings for my entire life. I go to bed with a plan to wake up early in the morning tomorrow and get many stuff done before my usual wake-up time. But it always ends up being a daydream that I had at night. If you are also struggling to wake up in the morning, you are not abnormal or alone. Many of us face this problem, and there are ways to fix them.
But this article is to help you to cut off that extra hour of sleep which makes you late to work or school and skip your breakfast. Anyone who has a very intimate relationship with beds and pillows knows how grumpy you can be if you are woken up a little earlier than usual. I want to help you wake up an hour or a half early and have a peaceful routine after that without rushing out for the day in disappointment.
This is not a guide to convert night owls to early birds. We should decide whether to be a night owl or an early bird, considering how efficient we are in each part of the day. If you find your brain functioning at your best at night and there is no specific reason forcing you to wake up super early, I do not see a reason to disturb your body’s natural patterns.
WHY SHOULD WE WAKE UP A LITTLE EARLY?
Again, I am not talking about waking up at 5 AM every day and hit the door at 5.30 AM for jogging. It is that extra one hour of sleep you get after snoozing your alarm that has to be cut off. However, waking up a little early and getting ready for the day properly will have several benefits.
You can get few more things done before leaving home or starting your work. This time can be used to invest in your personal growth. Meditate, work out, read a book while sipping your coffee, or prepare yourself a healthy breakfast/lunch.
When you have some time for yourself in the morning, you will be happy, relaxed, and confident to face the day. So why should you look grumpy all day when you can get off the bit early and spend the day with a smile?
When you are well prepared for the day, you can focus better on your day. You have had your breakfast and are on time to work, which leaves you nothing to worry about. However, rushing out of home after failing to wake up on time will have you worried whether you left the stove on or how your 2-minute hairstyle looks like for the rest of the day.
Waking up late is a factor triggering procrastination. You will feel like it is already late to start that difficult task that you want to finish today and postpone it to tomorrow. Then, when you avoid the extra sleep, you will be fresh and ready to start whatever is on your to-do list.
HOW TO WAKE UP EARLY
These are ten tips for you to help waking up early with a happy mind and get your work done at the maximum level of productivity.
ESTABLISH A BEDTIME AND A BEDTIME ROUTINE
Have a defined bedtime that will allow you to get a good sleep for a considerable number of hours. It will take a few days or weeks for your body to adapt to the new bedtime if you change your current one. We need time to unlearn an existing habit and learn a new routine. So be patient with yourself in the meantime.
Follow a specific routine before bed, so your mind will know that it is the time to sleep. We do this with babies and kids, and it works, you know. Have a bath, do your skincare routine, read a book and get ready to sleep. This way will help you fall asleep quickly and on time.
2. BREAK THE HABITS THAT KEEP YOU UP LATE.
It is OK to keep up late to finish urgent work or studies. But if you are keeping up till 3 AM scrolling down on social media watching cute puppy videos, you need to drop that habit. Staying up late for no fair reason will do you no good. Like establishing a bedtime which is a good habit, learning to drop the bad habits too will take time.
3. DO NOT JUMP OUT OF THE BED AT ONCE
Many articles are suggesting to jump out of bed as soon as the alarm wakes you up. This might help you to wake up early, but it will not allow you to face your day in a new and happy mood. The alarm is interrupting my sleep, and getting off my comfortable bed in the exact second is not something that I will be pleased about.
There should be two alarms set before you go to sleep. One alarm should be placed 10 minutes before the time you exactly plan to wake up. The other one should be charged at the time you want to get off the bed. Open your eyes for the first alarm, stretch a little bit, hug your plush toy or your partner. Then, when the second alarm goes off, jump off the bed and start your day.
4. WAKE UP AT THE SAME TIME EVERY DAY, NO EXCUSES
From day one, have a specific time to wake up. Please do not change it because you are too lazy or it is the weekend. As learning a new habit is not easy, we should help our minds and bodies stay in the new pattern. An excuse to stay in bed till late will break your habit, resulting in the start of the process again.
If you live with your family or a roommate, ask someone to keep an eye on your wake-up time until you get used to it. Even if you live by yourself, you can have someone call you at your expected bedtime and make sure you are up.
5. FIND A REASON FOR MOTIVATION
Why do you need to wake up early? Have a reason of your own for this question. Your defense should not be passive, such as I want to wake up early because the books and articles say all the wealthy and successful people wake up early. Instead, find a strong enough reason to get you off the bed on those lazy cold mornings.
Make it more relevant and impactful to you. Attach it with something that you strive to achieve in your life. For example, do you want to be a famous supermodel? Then wake up a little early, work out or do yoga, and eat a healthy breakfast.
6. HAVE A VERY SPECIFIC MORNING ROUTINE
Develop a well-defined morning routine. Waking up in the morning and thinking about what to do is a mistake we call do. It will work if you have few things to do. But if it is a busy day with many different tasks to be done you will be overwhelmed. Having a specific and established morning routine on such a tough day will relieve your stress about the day ahead of you.
Has each step been defined in your routine? For example, what will you do right after getting off the bed? Brushing your teeth? Washing? Carefully include every little thing in your practice, so you do not have to be carried away thinking about what to do now.
7. REMOVE DISTRACTIONS
What kept me in bed till it was too late was my phone. I was used to waking up and scroll through social media the first thing in the morning. Unknowingly, I spent almost an hour on the phone, which made me late to start my day.
My solution was to block the social media app till noon, so I could not access them in the morning when I woke up. Now I am used to getting off the bed as soon as I wake up, even without the apps being blocked. Identify your distractions and remove them. You will start the day daily even without having to wake up early.
8. DO SOMETHING THAT AWAKES YOUR BODY.
Some people manage to wake up early but feel tired throughout the day. Nobody wants to wake up early if they have to walk around like zombies for the entire day. Being worn out from the morning kills the purpose of waking up early, the productivity.
To solve this problem, you have to find an activity that will wake up your body. Some people feel energetic after their cup of coffee, and some need to go outside and work out. It can be something like a cold bath too. Choose whatever makes you feel fresh and add it to your morning routine.
9. STAY HYDRATED
This is for the people who wake up in the morning with a slight headache and a dried mouth. You are dehydrated, and you do not even know. We sleep for many hours in a stretch, and we do not drink water in the middle unless we make it a habit purposely. Waking up dehydrated will make you feel tired and sick, which might force you to stay in bed for long.
You can have a water bottle in bed and drink water when if wake up randomly during the night. If not, drink water well before sleeping. Do not limit drinking water at night just because you want to avoid midnight trips to the washroom. Drinking plenty of water during nighttime will give you many other benefits than being fit in the morning.
10. EXPLOIT YOUR SLEEP CYCLE
During our sleep, we undergo sleep cycles where we sleep lightly and deeply. When you wake up during the deep sleeping stage, you will not feel fresh or rested. You have to wake up in the light sleeping stage (REM) to feel good. Experiment with your wake-up times to identify your sleep cycles. Get used to waking up in the time which makes you feel rested the most. Of course, this will work only if you have a regular sleeping time.