The snooze button is tempting: you press it to capture another ten minutes of sleep. You hit it again and again and again and end up being late for work or college and feeling lethargic and uninspired. Is it really possible to become an early riser?
Waking up early in the morning is a good habit to get into: the proverbial saying about the early bird dates back to the beginning of the 17th century, and many people are the most productive just after sunrise. The good news is that less than 20 percent of people are true ‘night owls’: most of us can change our morning routine and start to wake up earlier. Here are several ideas that can help you to take charge of your morning:
- Get enough sleep. It might sound obvious, but most times you cannot make yourself wake up early in the morning only because you went to bed way too late the previous night. If you go to sleep at 9 or 10 pm, you will get more rest and wake up feeling fresh and energetic.
- Prepare your clothes and things in advance, and put on your outfit right after you have woken up: now you simply can’t get back to bed.
- Do not draw the blinds. It is much easier to wake up when the morning sun lights up your room.
- Always set the alarm for the time you actually have to wake up and disable the snooze button. Put the alarm across the room, so that you will have to get up to turn it off. Your next stop is the bathroom, not your bed.
- If one alarm doesn’t do the job of waking you up, try buying two or three alarm clocks and putting them in several hard-to-reach spots in your room. You are surely going to have a hell of a time finding all the alarms and turning them off.
- Find motivation for waking up early and focus on doing things you really like first thing in the morning. If your goal sounds exciting, waking up early will no longer be a punishment but an opportunity to indulge in your favorite pastime: you might read a chapter in a book, exercise, cook, or enjoy the delicious smell of fresh coffee.
- Learn from your mistakes: every time you fail to wake up as early as you want, analyze what has gone wrong. Ask yourself, what you need to change to overcome the difficulties.
- The first couple of weeks when your body adjusts to the new routine might be especially difficult. Do not concentrate on your failures: this usually leads to frustration and apathy. Focus on what you have managed to achieve.
- Keep a log and track your progress. Buy yourself gifts for impressive accomplishments like being able to wake up early in the morning for seven consecutive days.
- Once again, having a good night’s sleep is the key factor in being able to wake up early. You need at least eight hours of sleep to recharge your inner battery. To fall asleep faster and sleep better, follow these simple tips.