How To Wake Up Early : 5 Tips To Make You A Morning Person
If you know me, I am not a morning person. I can of course get up when I need to, but if it were up to me I would sleep in everyday. But after becoming an entrepreneur I started to feel guilty about wasting my mornings in bed - but that was not enough to get me up. So I tried EVERYTHANG and found these 5 tips helped the most with waking up earlier and becoming a morning person!
And no - I am not going to lecture you about bed time. Sleep is extremely important to your health, but I am still a night owl and am able to wake up not groggy with only 5 hours of sleep using these tips.
1. Get a sunrise alarm clock
This has been a GAME CHANGER for me! The gradual light and literally birdies chirping helps you wake up slowly so you are not jolted out of a REM cycle. When you wake up extremely tired it can be caused by a disrupted REM -aka deep sleep - cycle. By gradually increasing light and sound your body slowly comes out of REM so you wake up peacefully instead.
I got mine on Amazon for under $30 and it includes 8 different LED light colors, radio, and sunset setting.
Bonus tip: Put it ACROSS THE ROOM! Make yourself get up to turn it off.
2. Prep for the morning
Make your life easier - and save a couple minutes - by setting up your clothes and bag the night before. I always lay out my workout clothes, preworkout, and laptop with workout open before bed. Since it is all waiting I have no excuse not to get up and do my 30 minute workout.
This tip makes it slightly easier to get up and saves a few minutes as well as frustration in the morning trying to find things in the dark.
3. Create an hourly schedule
Anyone else schedule time to cuddle their dog? Or just me? I create an hourly schedule that includes EVERYTHANG I have to do that day. Wash the dishes, walk the dog, eat lunch, binge Netflix, literally everything. That way when I wake up I know I HAVE TO get up or else I won't complete my list.
While this may stress some people out, for others it can be extremely motivating in the morning. Try it tomorrow! Plan your entire day from wake up to bed time by the hour so you know exactly what you are doing and why you need to get up at this time.
4. Reward yourself for getting up!
I LOVE breakfast. It is the only meal of the day I actually plan and take time to make. In my experience, it is easier to wake up when I know protein crepes are waiting for me! (or healthy French toast).
Plan something fun in the morning so you are excited to get up! Maybe it's something-something with your spouse, a good book, a great breakfast, or some Starbucks! (Check out this board for healthy Starbucks drink ideas)
5. Start a morning practice
Remember to slow down and take some of this extra time for you! Enjoy that first sip of coffee, a good book or podcast, or a nice walk with your dog.
I personally meditate, journal, workout, and enjoy a collagen coffee every morning to set myself up for a successful day. For more ideas, check out this blog on how to create the perfect morning alignment ritual.