Try these 6 Strategies that will Help You Wake Up Early
Waking up early doesn’t have to be difficult, but it is actually one of the hardest habits to nurture. If you find it hard to open your eyes in the morning and get up without feeling irritable and sluggish, here are six strategies to implement that can help you wake up and stay up early:
- Have a good, compelling reason to get up in the morning. Ask yourself this question: why do you want to wake up early? Is it for work, so you can get more things done? Perhaps you want to be healthier, since waking up early does have its health benefits. Have a reason that will motivate you to eliminate your habit of staying in bed longer.
- Remove stimulants and sleep well on schedule. Some things like alcohol and caffeine can mess with your sleep cycle and they can affect your sleep quality as well. Specify a time to sleep, not just for waking up. You can set an alarm for bedtime and make sure you’re comfortable on your bed. Choose a good mattress with a brand name you can trust to have a higher chance of feeling pleased about your purchase. In the morning though, get out of the bedroom so that you don’t get tempted to return to bed.
- Make a slow transition. If you normally wake up at 11 AM and you suddenly wake up at 6 AM the next day, your body and mind will cooperate. Start with smaller changes, such as waking up 30 minutes before you are usually up until you reach your goal.
- Have your alarm away from your bed. If it’s next to you, it’s easy to hit the snooze button. But if it’s on the other side of your room, you will need to get up so that you can turn it on.
- Practice some things the moment you wake up. Add these activities to your morning routine right after you turn off your alarm:
- Go to the bathroom to pee after your alarm stopped, so you don’t go back to bed.
- Drink water, which will help you feel more awake.
- Try to meditate even if it’s just for three minutes.
- Do activities, such as writing and exercising to wake your brain and body.
- Keep track of your accomplishment and don’t ever break the chain. There’s a productivity hack where you consider each day when you wake up early as an achievement called a chain link. However, if you miss one day, you’re breaking the chain. A big motivator to waking up early continually is to think of it as a goal that you should accomplish daily.
Stick to your wake up time every day and your body will become conditioned to this new habit –e even if you’re not a morning person.
Also published on Medium.