Waking up early definitely has its benefits. You get to watch the sunrise, not be late to work, catch the early bus or train, have time to eat breakfast, avoid rush hour and just get to enjoy the peaceful quietude of early mornings.
Letting go of a habit or changing a routine you have been following for a long can be a daunting task but if you follow these rules and start slowly you can achieve your goal of becoming an early bird.
As in this article we have clearly discussed few ways and problem of an early riser such as how to wake up early in the morning, how to be fresh looking, how to wake up early to study and even about waking up without an alarm.
1. Do Not Hit Snooze No matter what!
No matter how hard it is, resist the temptation to hit snooze on your alarm. Try setting your alarm a few minutes earlier to when you actually have to wake up so after the alarm rings you have a few minutes to fully wake up.
No ‘just two more minutes’, because they always end up being more than just two minutes and before you know it, you are late for work hence the sooner you get up the sooner you will wake up.
It might be hard for a first few times but gradually the urge to hit snooze will lower and it will become easier for you get out of the bed early in the morning.
2. Give Yourself A Reward. You Have Earned It
It is easier to form a habit when you receive a reward at the end of it. So in order to form the habit of waking up early, you have to reward yourself when you are able to do that.
The reward could be anything, a nice breakfast, a cup of coffee from your favorite coffee shop, a bagel as long as your brain can link the reward to the habit, you are good to go.
Find something that is pleasurable for you and makes that a part of your morning routine, something that can even make you wake up at 5am or even 4am. You have to initially give yourself a boost when forming the habit, but before you know it you would automatically be doing that without the need to put in so much effort.
3. Allow Yourself To Sleep Earlier
It is easy to lose track of time in the evening. Either you have been watching a movie or talking to a friend and before you know it it is past midnight. Staying up late makes getting up in the morning even harder.
It will be much easier for you to wake up on time when you are well rested and have gotten adequate sleep. When you are up early you automatically get a head start on your day and you can finish your tasks sooner in the day but still sleeping late is a habit you need to break if you do not want to be ready to pass out during the day.
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You might want to set an alarm for your bedtime too if you have a hard time keeping track of time.
Make sure you get in the bed immediately after the alarm and try to sleep. Waking up and sleeping at the same time every day will set your biological clock in a way that you will not need to struggle to wake up or sleep at night after a short while.
4. Schedule Morning Activities
Give yourself a reason to wake up early in the morning. Sign up for an activity or a class that makes you look forward to the morning. That reason will motivate you to wake up.
Although work duties and obligations are a good enough reason to wake up early, try finding something you would enjoy doing in the morning like taking your dog for a walk or an early yoga class which will make the whole process of waking up much more delightful and less dreadful. This will also trigger the reward sensors in your brain, transitioning early rising into a powerful habit.
This method will help you wake up early and not feel tired, ever!
5. Take Advantage Of That Headstart
Do not wake up hours early to just browse social media or read blogs, unless that is part of your work or really important to you. Do not let waking up early go to waste. Utilize that extra time productively, get a headstart on your day. Maybe start on your chores early or spend that time meditating, reading or exercising.
This way you will accomplish more during the day and have lesser duties for the rest of the day. Finishing off work sooner will land you in bed earlier too and create a cycle of productivity that will help maintain your routine.
Waking up early in winters is pretty hard but this method will allow you to do it at even 5 am.
6. Get Out Of The Bed As Soon As You Open Your Eyes :
Do not remain to lie in the bed after you have woken up, giving yourself time to rationalize going back to bed. Force yourself to get out of the bed as soon as you are awake. Go out of your room to the bathroom and by the time you are done peeing, washing your face or feeding your pet, you will be fully awake.
You might want to try getting up to study early to get a hang of this.
7. Do Not Make Drastic Changes
Do not set an unrealistic goal because the failure to achieve it will have you give up in no time. Have a slow start, by waking just fifteen to thirty minutes earlier than your usual time.
Let your brain and body get used to it for a few days and then cut back for another fifteen minutes and let yourself get used it. Keep on doing this gradually, until you get to your goal time.
This way your body will not resist the change like it would if it was a drastic one and achieving these tinier goals will keep you motivated to keep trying for more.
These drastic changes can be something like waking up early to study or even trying to wake up without an alarm.
8. Get Moving, as fast as you Can:
You do not have to do an hour of cardio or run half a marathon unless you want to of course. But a short targeted workout routine can energize you for the entire day and get you fit in the process too.
Research has revealed that just by getting into action for twenty minutes a day can result in reduced sleepiness throughout the day and not to mention all the nice chemicals it releases into your body. So really just working out a little bit will improve the quality of your sleep and make the transition from sleeping to waking up easier.
Human bodies are quite flexible and adaptable. If you properly train your body into acquiring a certain habit or routine, with a little consistency you will find yourself becoming successful in no time. If you train them well then you will not even need an alarm to wale you up.
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