The ability to wake up early seems to be that magical ability that only those annoying “always happy, super positive” people seem to have. No matter how hard you try, you just can’t seem to form this habit. You try to rationalize that you don’t need to wake up early, but from the experience of those few days on which you managed to do the impossible, you know that waking up early usually leads to a wonderful day. The truth is that waking up early is definitely one of the best habits to form. By giving you extra time to do things in the relative quite of the morning it helps in improving productivity and it’s also good for the health and overall happiness. There is a lot of advice available on how to get up early. Here is the best of it!
10. Multiple Alarms:
One simple solution is to set up multiple alarms that are separated by a couple of minutes. Make it so irritating that it’s near to impossible to keep sleeping once the alarm clock starts going off in the morning. Of course it’s not a solution for everyone as many people are already used to snoozing the alarm a thousand times before actually getting up. If you are one such person keep reading.
9. Alarm Set Far From Bed:
Another trick to force yourself to wake up early in the morning is to set the alarm in the other corner of the room so that you have to actually get out of the bed to turn it off. This trick makes turning off the alarm a little harder and longer, hopefully giving time to your brain to reboot by then.
8. Programming the Brain:
One nerdy solution to the problem is to programming the brain to automatically get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off. To do this you need to practice it in the evening daily for a few weeks. Close the curtains of your room and turn off the lights and get in bed. Set the alarm to go off in a couple of minutes. Form a routine that you want to follow in the morning. It can be something like getting out of bed, stretching, turning off the alarm and then drinking some water while standing. As soon as the alarm goes off do the routine. By doing this over and over again you can program your brain to do the routine as soon as the alarm goes off on auto mode without you having to think about it.
7. Rapid Deep Breathing:
The problem in waking up early is that your brain takes time to reboot and in that time you can fall back asleep. In order to increase the rebooting time you can try rapid deep breathing in the morning. When the alarm goes off, stay in bed but start taking rapid deep breaths. The overdose of oxygen works great to wake up the brain and speed up the circulation in the body.
6. Call From A Friend:
A simple trick is to have a friend of yours who does wake up early, call you in the morning. Tell them to call and then talk to you in the morning so you are forced to wake up. The downside is that if your friend fails to wake up then you do too.
5. Making it a Game:
Another version of the phone a friend trick is to make it a game. Whoever wakes up first and gives a call to the other wins. Making it a competition can provide extra motivation for some people to achieve this goal. Remember to stay awake after the call.
4. Forming A Routine:
Our bodies like nothing better than routines. Forming a fairly strict routine about when you go to bed every night can help in waking up at a fixed time daily. Also form a night routine that you do before going to bed and a morning routine that you do after waking up. These routines help the brain in knowing when it’s time to sleep and when it’s time to wake up.
3. Preparing For The Morning Routine:
Whatever is your morning routine, make sure to prepare for it the night before. If you drink water in the morning, keep a glass or bottle of water near your bed. If you go for a run, then keep the shoes and running gear near the bed so that there is motivation in the morning to follow the routine.
2. Fixing The Body Clock:
Another point about routines is that if you don’t have a routine it means that your body clock is out of sync. Many youngsters now have a body clock that is almost opposite to the natural one. People spend all night surfing the net and all morning sleeping. To wake up early look at your complete body clock and try to fix the whole thing.
1. Baby Steps:
One of the best ways to form the habit of waking up early in the morning is to do it in baby steps. The idea is to note what time you wake up daily. Then everyday take one baby step towards waking up early. If you wake up at 9 in the morning then start by setting the alarm for 08:55 the next day. It’s incredibly easy to wake up just 5 minutes before you usually wake up. In this way keep waking up 5 minutes earlier everyday. If you fail on some day take a step backwards and start again. Remember to take only baby steps for this system to work and don’t make big jumps in your enthusiasm.