Hundreds of years ago, Benjamin Franklin said “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”. And his words are just as true today as they were in 1700s. Getting out of bed early has been proven to make you happier, a better problem solver and more productive. If you want to transform yourself from a night owl to a morning lark, here are 5 tips to wake up early.
5 Tips to Wake Up Early
1. Remember why you-re doing it
Before you go to bed, remember why you want to get up early. To exercise so you can lose weight? To prepare yourself for the day ahead so you don’t feel stressed? To make yourself a healthy, nutritious breakfast? Whatever your reason, focus on it before you go to bed and remember it again when your alarm goes off in the morning. For more tips to wake up early, read How to Love Waking Up: A Hands-On Guide to Becoming a Morning Person.
2. Build a relaxing night time routine
Parents know it’s vital to create a night time routine to get babies to go to sleep soundly through the night. But creating a relaxing routine for yourself as an adult has exactly the same effect. Here are some ideas you can work into your nightly routine to help you chill out and fall into a deep sleep:
- Gradually dim the lights throughout the evening
- Have a hot shower or a bath
- Enjoy a cup of herbal tea, decaffeinated coffee or hot chocolate
- Read something fictional and light-hearted
- Put on some pyjamas or comfy lounge wear
- Stop watching TV and put down your phone 1 hour before you go to bed
If you need some help creating your night time cycle, take a look at Daily Routine: Amazing Morning and Nighttime Routine for Being More Happy, Productive and Healthy.
3. Gradually go to bed earlier
Getting enough sleep is incredibly important. So if you’re going to wake up earlier, you need to go to bed earlier, too. Instead of deciding to go to bed 1 hour earlier all of a sudden, you’ll be more successful if you ease yourself into it. Try going to bed 10 minutes earlier and waking up 10 minutes earlier on day one. The next day, try 20 minutes then 30 minutes and so on. If you stick with it, you’ll be going to bed and waking up an hour earlier than normal in less than a week!
4. Create the perfect sleeping environment
For the best night’s sleep possible, it’s worth investing in blackout curtains and comfortable bedding that you love cuddling up in. If you’re a light sleeper, consider getting an eye mask and earplugs, too, so you have a completely undisturbed night. Make sure there are absolutely no lights in your room (turn off the standby light on your TV and turn your phone face-down) and it’s at the optimum temperature for sleeping (60-67F).
5. Make something worth getting out of bed for
It’s so much easier to get out of bed when you’ve got something to look forward to. Whether you plan to have your favourite breakfast in the morning, wear your favourite outfit the next day or listen to a morning playlist with the music you love, you’ll be excited about getting out of bed and waking up early if you know something good will happen. For more tips to wake up early, check out The Miracle Morning.
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