It's a typical weekday morning, hitting snooze every few minutes until you're forced out of bed when you realize the time. You had every intention of waking up early today, but mornings are tough and it just didn't happen. You know the benefits, you know that the majority of successful people wake up early. So how can you make mornings more bearable?
Even seemingly small steps can help you reap the benefits of early rising. Here are some ideas on how to get there!
1. Find out how much sleep you need.
Most people don't know that you can actually get too much sleep. Getting too much sleep can make you feel groggy for the rest of the day. Getting too little sleep will leave you exhausted. You've probably always heard that everyone should get 8 hours of sleep a night, but the reality is that every individual is different.
This means that you will have to play around with how much sleep you need, The end goal is to not over or under sleep and to find the lowest number of hours that still leaves you refreshed.
2. Take it one step at a time
There needs to be a process that you follow. Work on steady progress until you eventually wake up at your desired time. Start where you're at and set your clock 10-15 minutes earlier each day. It will take awhile depending on where you start but eventually you will get to where you want to be.
3. Make your environment optimal for sleep
You should make your bedroom as close to a cave as possible--cold, dark and quiet.
You can get a white noise machine to help drown out the noises that would otherwise wake you up. Light is a strong indication for your brain that it’s time to wake up.
Turn off the tv and any lights. Track down any sources of light that could effect your sleep and cover them up or eliminate them. The average ideal temperature for sleep is 65º farenheit, although everyone is different, scientists agree cooler temperatures at night allow for more restful sleep. You can even try things like melatonin and lavender to help with sleep. I sleep with a white noise machine like this one.
4. Have a reason to wake up early
Waking up early isn't easy for most people. Like any thing else that is difficult, you need a reason to want to do it. Think about your reason before you fall asleep at night. You can even take it a step further and write down your reason in a journal. Maybe it's so you can have time to get in a session at the gym before work, cook a healthy breakfast, or to work on your side hustle. Whatever your reason, don't lose sight of it. When you have a why, the how becomes easier.
5. Get up early on the weekends
If you work a typical Monday-Friday, you will naturally want to sleep in on the weekends. Sadly this is a mistake. It takes people on average a month to build a new habit, so you have to have a consistent schedule. I find this to be one of the most important things you can do--keep the same wake up time every day. It can be torture at first but eventually you’ll be able to get up early with little to no effort.
-Put your alarm clock across the room. Since you have to get out of the bed with this trick, you are less likely to go back to sleep and more likely to stay up. Just keep your alarm out of reach to help prevent you from hitting snooze.
-Drink a glass of ice cold water when you wake up. After hours of sleep, your body is dehydrated. Drinking water will help you to feel more awake and alert
Don't feel as though you must conquer your mornings over night. Instead, make an effort to move your wake-up time forward gradually, letting your body get used to a new schedule. An earlier wake-up time can kick off your day the right way, helping you get more accomplished and feel better throughout the day. Incorporate these tips and soon you'll be on your way to conquering your mornings.