Number 1 – Tell someone you respect and you keep commitments to that you are going to get up at a specific time. This is what’s helped me get up on the tougher days.
Number 2 – Set an alarm and put it outside of your room. Having to get up to turn it off will help you to STAY Up.
Number 3 – Give yourself 1 day per week to sleep a little, NOT a Lot, longer. I’ve been sleeping until 8 on Sundays, and it takes the pressure off to know I can sleep a little longer 1 day if I feel like it.
The above 3 Tips have proven to be the most important for me in getting up early in the morning.
If you start there, you’ll make adjustments to make it easier if you’re struggling. For example, if you’re staying up late, and it’s making it difficult to get up, as long as you’ve made a commitment to someone else that you’re going to get up, you’ll eventually get tired of feeling Tired, and go to sleep a little earlier.
For me, I’ve decided to cut back my tea intake. I’m hoping that will help me to FEEL like going to bed earlier. I’ll let you know how that’s working out sometime soon, and post a link below.
For now, I wish you success waking up earlier in the morning. Peace : )
Okay, So You Have Trouble Getting Up In The Morning!
Today, my intention is to help you get out of the bed early, and help myself too.
You’ll understand what I mean when you get to tip number 7!
Bottom line is, you want to make the change to getting up early, and now’s the time to do it.
Below are some tips of my own, and some I’ve heard from others for waking up early. I hope they help you to wake up in the morning and hopefully stay healthy too.
1 Have a good reason why?
2 Don’t think about anything before you get out of bed, just get out, so you don’t have a chance to change your mind.
3 Go to bed at the same time every night.
4 Use an alarm. muchelleb recommends the app Alarm Clock Plus, it makes you do math problems in order to shut the alarm off. That might be helpful for you, but it could be good enough to put your alarm outside of your room so you have to get out of bed to shut it off.
5 Have a reward to look forward to in the morning for getting up. A Tea, Coffee, Special Smoothie; something that motivates you to get up.
6 Wake up at the same time every morning. Have an exception day if you want, but don’t wake up to much later, or you might throw your body clock off.
7 Tell someone you are going to get up in the morning at a certain time, so you have some accountability. This is my favorite one, and it’s part of the reason I shared this video with you. I want to get up earlier, and telling you will keep me accountable.
8 Have a morning routine. Create a morning routine that you like, or that makes your life better. This will give you even more incentive to get out of bed.
9 Don’t exercise close to bed time. You won’t get a restful sleep with all those endorphins stimulating your mind.
10 Don’t sleep in on the weekend; At least not too long. It throws off you cycle.
Before getting to Tip 11 let’s look at why it might be difficult for you to get up in the morning.
Sleep Inertia – resistance to waking up
“is a physiological state characterized by a decline in motor dexterity and a subjective feeling of grogginess immediately following an abrupt awakening. The impaired alertness may interfere with the ability to perform mental or physical tasks.” Wikipedia
11 Consider timing your sleep cycles and waking up at the end of one.
A sleep cycle is 90 minutes long.
It takes about 14 minutes on average to fall asleep after lying down, so set your alarm for 14 minutes plus however many 90 minute cycles you want to sleep for.
5 x 90 minute cycles gives you 7.5 hours of sleep, and about 7 hours 45 minutes in bed with the 14 minutes added for time to fall asleep. For this cycle you’d go to sleep at 10:16 PM if you wanted to wake up at 6 AM or 8:46 for 6 x 90 minute cycles or 9 hours of sleep, to wake up at the same time.
I hope these tips help you to get up early in the morning, and keep doing it.