Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it.”
Goal wake-up time
. If you’d like to get good at being ready and raring to go by 6 AM, great! There’s your goal. This will be the goal you’re working toward every day of the week. You’re going to do it gradually, though, as to avoid shocking your system.That’s right, every day of the week, including weekends. Until you’re completely reprogrammed, there won’t be any sleeping in whatsoever. But once you get it down, you won’t need to!.
Your alarm clock should be 15 minutes earlier than normal. If you’re sleeping till 10, going cold England and aiming for 7:30 just isn’t going to happen. Well, it could happen once, but then you spend the entire day drinking bear and regretting your life decisions. For the next day, set it for 9:45. The next day? 9:30. And even when you hit that Saturday, decrease 15 minutes until you hit your goal wake-up time.
Have a good night’s rest. If you’re used to sleeping from 12 to 8, you can’t still go to bed at midnight and expect that 6 AM wake-up call to be all trumpets and roses. As you get up earlier and earlier, go to bed earlier and earlier. The goal isn’t to need less sleep (sleep, after all, is wonderful), the goal is just to wake up earlier easier. Science tells us that if you get the recommended amount of sleep during the night, it’s easier to do just that.
Get excited. In order to hop out of bed in the morning with gusto, you may need something to hop out of bed for. So find something to get excited about! If nothing comes to mind, use this experiment as something to do full-force. After all, the path to new, more productive habits is certainly something to be proud of.
Be ready for the benefits. Waking up early is linked to a bunch of different, positive things. Research says that early risers get better grades, are generally more proactive, can anticipate problems and plan better than their late-rising counterparts.Hope you can handle your own impending awesomeness.
Mentally prepare yourself to wake up early.
Run through your morning routine in your head so that you have a game plan for the early hours. If you have a plan, you won’t need to think about it–just move.
- If you need to be out the door and on your way at a certain time, think about how much time you’ll need for each step of your morning routine. Consider what, if anything, you can cut out of your routine to streamline the process: do you need that shower, or that cup of coffee?
- As you lay in bed, drifting off to sleep, tell yourself: “I need to wake up early tomorrow. I need to wake up at 5 a.m., make a pot of coffee, shower, shave, and be out the door by 5:45. It’ll take me twenty minutes to drive to the airport, ten more minutes to get set up in the long-term parking lot, and another fifteen minutes to walk to the security check. I can grab a quick breakfast in the terminal before my flight leaves.”
Sleep with the curtains half-open.
Sleeping with the curtains half-open could help your body to stop producing melatonin while simultaneously ramping up production of adrenaline. This could help your body be ready to embrace the day by the time your alarm clock goes off.
- You know how we just said light keeps you awake? Well, if you’re asleep it awakens you. Crazy stuff, huh? The natural sunlight will be perceived by your body, even when you’re asleep.
- Sunlight can also warm your bed, letting the temperature tell you to get up, too. If that’s possible, consider placing your bed in the right position in your room to utilize this effect.
Go back asleep if you wake up at night. Remain in bed to avoid awakening your body should you move around. However, if you’re tossing and turning for over 20 minutes, get up. Do a relaxing activity (like reading or stretching) until you feel you can go back.
Put your alarm clock away from your bed. When it’s out of reach, you’re forced to get out of bed. Putting it next to your bed is just a temptation to hit the snooze button and fall back to sleep — for 9 minutes. Not helpful at all.
Avoid snoozing your alarm clock. As soon as the alarm rings, get out of bed to start your morning. You will eventually awaken and feel better that you’ve persevered through morning drowsiness. Jump out of bed (as much as is feasible) and think about tackling your inevitably awesome day.
Wake up your senses. Once you’ve gotten out of bed, give yourself that much-deserved pick-me-up. It could be a cup of coffee or tea (that brewing smell will be sure to get you going), a cold glass of water, or a nice shower. Whatever it is, make sure it awakens one (or more) of your senses. When your body and mind are stimulated, you’ll automatically wake up to take it in.
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