It’s an amazing feeling to wake up early in the morning and make the first step of your day while everyone is sleeping and lost in their dreams. Waking up early may come naturally to some but a lot of people struggle to win the battle of the bed. Waking up early is a ritual. If you are not a natural early riser it may be difficult for you to adapt to a new routine. That’s why I gather these tips to give you a better understanding of waking up early in the morning.
1. Find Your Motivation
The first question you need to ask yourself is why I need to wake up early in the morning? If you don’t have any reason to get up early in the morning you never gonna get up. So think why you need to wake up early. Is it because you need to exercise in the morning, do you need to study in the morning, do you need to get to work early or maybe you want to try something like 20/20/20 rule. Without proper motivation, it is almost impossible to get yourself out of the bed regularly.
A lot of people with getting out of bed problems have been because of their lack of passion for their work. They hate their work, boss or co-workers and they tend to stay in the bed rather than going to work. If you don’t have a motivation or you don’t have a passion for your work it’s almost impossible to wake up early. Find your motivation, be passionate about what you are doing or find something that you love to do.
2. Don’t Make Drastic Changes
A common mistake people do when they want to wake up early is making drastic changes of 2-3 hours and saying it’s impossible to wake up early. It may work for a one day but if you want to install a habit it won’t. Wake up every morning 15-20 minutes early until it feels normal and gradually raise time.
For example, Say you are a regular 7.00 am person and you want to wake up at 5.00 am. Take at least 21 days to change your morning routine to be 7.00 am to 5.00 am. Making small and consistent changes helps your body to adapt to a new routine much easier rather than 2 hour instant change.
3. Consistent Sleep Schedule
It’s very important to go to bed at the same time every day and wake up at the same time every day. When you are consistent with a particular habit your brain hardwire it. Once you install a habit it becomes your new normal. Waking up early is no different. So be disciplined and work on a constant sleep schedule.
Researchers now say that it takes 66 days to install a new habit. If you are willing to install the new habit of waking up early I strongly advise you to do it 66 days until it becomes new normal. Remember every habit hard at first, messy in the middle and gorgeous at the end.
4. Use Sleep Cycles
A sleep cycle is a phase where our body wakes up and then again goes for a deep sleep called REM sleep. Approximately one sleep cycle is 90 minutes. To wake up between a deep sleep cycle is difficult. That’s when you feel dizzy and light-headed when waking up. To avoid that and feel more energized you should wake up between two REM Sleep cycles, not between one.
So you should consider waking after 1.5 hours, 3 hours, 4.5 hours, 6 hours, 7.5 hours of your sleep. It depends on you to wake up after 6 hours or 7.5 hours but not after 7 hours because you are in between a sleep cycle at that moment.
5. Get Physically Fit
Healthier you are lesser sleep you need. Getting physically fit is an advantage despite you want to wake up early or not. However, researches are showing that if you are healthy you need less sleep. Go to the gym, go running, go swimming and get healthier and physically fit. Don’t believe me, experience the difference your self.
6. Use An Alarm Clock
Buy an alarm clock and put it far from bed. This is a really old and simple trick but it works. Putting your alarm clock far from your bed makes you get out of the bed and stop it. If you have a really strong reason or motivation to wake up early this method works. The problem with a lot of people is they don’t remember their reason immediately but when they get up to stop the alarm all things come to mind and he is raring to go.
7. Track Your Morning Routine
One of the most common ways to wake up regularly is by tracking your morning routine. Get a notebook, journal or whatever and write down every move of your morning routine. It helps you to make a better version of your self. It helps you to focus your self and most importantly motivate your self.
I believe what we do in the morning has an enormous impact on our day. So by tracking down our morning routine helps you to improve it hence making your day more successful.
8. Start With A Workout
Most of us are not very energized early in the morning and most impactful way to end is by doing workout early in the morning. I talked about the method of 20/20./20 rule of Robin Sharma which starts by exercising 20 minutes right after you wake up. Exercise releases so many hormones including dopamine and serotonin which helps you to wake up and feel more energized and happy.