I am NOT a morning person. If I have to wake up by any means other than my own internal alarm clock, I’m pretty much a walking zombie for at least an hour. I’ve been telling myself for years that I’m going to start waking up earlier during the week so I’m not rushing out of the house like a crazy person every morning… but somehow my hand just automatically goes to the snooze button. With that said, I can definitely see the benefits of waking up early – having more time to get ready for work, having time to mentally prepare for the day, being able to actually chew my breakfast… the list goes on. If you’re like me and you see the benefits of waking up early, yet you’re still not able to make it happen, here are 6 tips to help you become an “early riser”:
- Wake up to light. Keep your curtains open or slightly open to allow for sunlight to make its way in to your room in the morning… this could help you to gradually wake up on your own at an early hour.
- Do NOT hit the Snooze button. When you start hitting the snooze button, it becomes a habit that will be hard to break out of. “Snoozing” doesn’t actually help you to feel more rested – that extra sleep you’re getting in 9 minute increments isn’t restful REM sleep.
- Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room. If you already have developed the habit of hitting the snooze button, try putting your alarm clock clear across the room so you physically have to get out of bed to turn it off. Once you’re already up, there’s really no reason to press snooze anymore!
- Establish a morning routine. Having a routine in the morning will train your body to wake up earlier. Getting up, eating breakfast, watching the news, organizing your day – whatever it is, your body will come to expect it every morning. Continue this routine even on the weekends – your body will forget what it feels like to sleep in. If you train yourself to wake up early on weekdays, and then sleep late on the weekends, it’s going to confuse your body.
- Have a purpose for waking up early. Have you ever noticed that when you know you NEED to wake up early… like for a meeting or a flight… your internal alarm clock actually wakes you up earlier? Use this logic and identify a purpose for waking up early, rather than just saying you “want to wake up earlier”… you need to create a strong reason for this habit change. That reason could be – for exercising, getting a head start on the day, getting more work done, etc.
- Slowly make the transition. If you’re used to getting up at 7:30am for work everyday and you decide you want start geting up at 5:30am instead… that’s a big change for your body. Start off by waking up maybe 30 min earlier until you gradually get to that goal time of 5:30 am.
Do you have any tips that you use to wake up early? Comment below!