Many people have the desire to wake up early but struggle to do so consistently. Waking up is simply a habit that one must create over time. It is also important to maintain the schedule once it becomes a habit, or else you could fall back into your old ways. Waking up gives you time to enjoy an activity or exercise before your busy day. The tips below will help you create a schedule that involves waking up at a specific time each day. Ensure that you go to bed and wake up at the same time each day to allow your body to adjust to the change.
Go To Bed At A Specific Time Every Night
It is important to set a daily routine. To wake up early each morning, one needs to sleep at a reasonable time every night. Adults, as well as children, require consistent bedtimes. Adults need to get a minimum of seven hours of sleep each night to be able to function adequately the following day.
Lack of sleep can lead to several issues such as skin issues, depression, moodiness, and lack of focus, amongst other serious concerns.
Many people love to fill up on coffee, especially at night when they have a project to complete or an assignment to finish. However, it is essential to note that too much caffeine can be highly counterproductive. Drinking caffeine helps you keep awake, and drinking coffee at night will prevent you from falling asleep hence altering your sleep pattern.
Put Away Those Devices
Another critical factor that affects most people’s sleep patterns is smartphones and other such devices. Smartphones are addictive, and one constantly feels the need to check them without any good reason. Mobile devices and other devices such as laptops and tablets use blue light, and studies show that this blue light affects a person’s circadian rhythm and hence disrupts their ability to fall asleep.
Try putting your phone away to charge overnight at a spot you cannot easily reach from your bed. This way, you will not fall into the temptation of checking it every once in a while. Another helpful tip would be to invest in an alarm clock instead of relying on your phone to wake you up.
Alcohol is another crucial factor that affects the sleep pattern of many. Drinking alcohol before bed can result in restless sleep, hangovers, headaches, vomiting, drowsiness and overall laziness. Alcohol consumption must be mindful to avoid a negative impact on your routine of workdays.
Motivate Yourself To Wake Up Early
You notice how you automatically wake up early, despite going to bed late on special occasions or on days you are looking forward to something. This is because you had something on your mind last light that motivated you to wake up early the next morning. It is important to find something that inspires you to wake up early such as a fun breakfast, exercise, reading, etc. Without motivation, you simply won’t feel the urge to get up on time.
The things that inspire you might be different from what inspires others to wake up early. So, try an experiment with different ideas until you find your ideal motivation.
Most people go to bed early but have a hard time falling asleep because you are not tired and your mind is wide awake. The best way to avoid this is by getting in ample exercise and doing physical activity. Studies show that doing regular exercise can help regulate your body temperature, depression, reduce anxiety, and help realign your body’s internal clock.
By doing exercises, you burn energy, and your muscles get tired, your body gets tired, and hence when you go to bed, your body instantly shuts off to recharge.
Manipulate Your Environment To Make Waking Up Easier
You become what you engineer. For example, a late riser always goes to bed after ensuring that nothing can disturb their sleep in the morning. They keep their alarm clocks close; they draw their curtains completely to avoid morning light, they also switch off their phones to prevent all forms of distractions. But what if you used this same trick to rise early. Here are a few ways you can engineer your environment to wake up early. Put your alarm clock away from your bed. This way, when your alarm goes off you have to get up from bed to turn it off. Set your coffee timer the night before so that you have your coffee ready by the time you wake up. Put out a warm robe next to your bed the night before so that you can easily slip into it as you get out of bed. Most times people stay in bed because it is warm and cozy inside the blankets so simply keep a robe near your bed to slip into it, thus avoiding the urge to get back under the sheets.
Use these easy tips to train your body to get into the rhythm of waking up early in the morning. It is vital to go to bed and wake up around the same time each day. After two weeks of maintaining the same bedtime and wake time, you should be used to the habit of waking up early. If you struggle to wake early try getting up at 8 am for a week, then 7 am the following week. The slow adjustment may be more effortless for you to adjust to the schedule change.