The benefits of waking up early, before sunrise specifically, are not unheard of. The secret to success is hidden in making time for important steps towards our goals, which we 9-5 workers can rarely make. It is due to the rush of the work hours that we are too tired to work on our personal goals after work, which is understandable.
The problem is, what must one do in order to succeed in reaching their goals? We must make time for improvement regardless. And what better way to make time for our goals than to wake up early? Waking up early gives you a head start to complete tasks that you might not be able to do during the day.
It might be exercising, cooking, reading, writing, or pretty much anything else that you are working towards. Waking up early gives you an hour or two more than the days that you sleep in. Using that time, you can make significant improvements in your work, be it personal or professional.
We are all very familiar with the benefits of waking up early. What we are more familiar with is how much harder it is to do than to say that you will wake up early. If you have been in habit of sleeping late, you must know how difficult it is to not snooze the alarm and get out of bed earlier than you are used to.
When the time comes to wake up in the morning, the brain cannot rationalize any decision and pulls us back to bed every single time. It is a constant battle within the body and the brain, which is often won by the sly brain that wants to complete its usual dose of sleep.
Most of us wish to wake up early to exercise our way to a healthy lifestyle, but our sleeping habits prevent us from doing so by saying that one more day of not exercising wont harm your health. After all, sleep is more important than exercise. It does mean, however, that exercise is unnecessary. A balance of exercise and quality sleep will help improve the quality of our lives drastically.
If you are among the victims of the snooze button, here are tips on how to become an early riser.
1.Take your time
You cannot expect your body to be habituated to waking up hours earlier than its usual time within a day. The body and brain need time to get accustomed to the new lifestyle change and it is better to take things slowly. Start by waking up 15 minutes earlier for a few days and continue the process till you are able to wake up at your desired time.
2. Find the real problem
To be able to understand what it is that is making waking up early so difficult, you must understand the real problem. In most cases, it is the habit of sleeping very late at night by wasting time on the internet or watching movies. Or, it might be that you are in a habit of procrastinating all day and working through the late nights.
If you try to sleep late as well as wake up early, one of the habits will give in. More likely than not, you will start sleeping in again as the body fights to complete its hours of sleep. After you find the problem, you must take steps to solve it.
3.Get a goodnight’s rest
To be able to wake up early, you must make sure that the body has enough time to rest and heal during the night. Waking up early does not mean that you compromise on your body’s sleep needs.
Research show that the sleep between 10 pm to 12 pm equals four hours of quality sleep. Hence, it is best to schedule your sleep with these hours in it, if you don’t have enough time for 8 hours of sleep each night.
4.Make a first-moves list
When it comes to waking up early, the struggle comes when you can’t leave the bed despite waking up. To help this, make the first move as soon as you hear the alarm. Move quickly through a list of small tasks such as making coffee, brushing your teeth and getting clothed. This will help you to shake the sleepiness away and refrain from going back to bed for more sleep. Once you’ve done this, you can continue fulfilling your main purpose of waking up early.
5. Stop hitting the snooze buttons
When you make a habit if hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep for a few more minutes, it does not actually help your sleep. The continuous disturbance might make you ignore the alarms altogether. Rather, use the old technique of keeping the alarm far away from your bed and get to your first-moves list as soon as you get your feet on the ground.
6. Stick to the same wake-up time
Cultivate a habit of waking up at the same time everyday. The body adjusts your sleep schedule according to the time you condition it to sleep and wake up at. Once you have conditioned your body to wake up at a certain time, you will be able to maintain the habit even without using alarms.
7. Create a mental environment
To make waking up early a habit, you must be able to understand the benefits of doing so and believe that you will be rewarded with these. For that, listen to podcasts regarding people waking up early, read about early risers and know how it benefits them. Only when you have a good attitude and feeling towards waking up early, you will be able to do it everyday without thinking of it as a task, but as a part of your lifestyle.