If you're like most people, the idea of waking up before the sun is
high in the sky makes you physically uncomfortable. While mornings may
not be your best friend just yet, employing a few of the tips below should
be enough to keep your hand off the snooze button and have you feeling
energized and well-rested first thing in the A.M.
1. Early to bed, early to rise.
First thing's first -- if you want to wake up earlier without feeling
groggy, chances are you'll need to go to bed earlier at night. Getting
the recommended seven to nine hours per night will drastically improve
your ability to get up and moving when it's time to wake up. Start
by moving the time you go to sleep each night up by 15 minutes until you're
getting the minimum recommended seven hours, while still waking up as
early as you want to. If you're still not feeling rested, try adding
a bit more sleep each night until waking up comes a little more naturally.
2. Get into a routine.
As we mentioned above, a big part of waking up energized and well rested
in the morning is keeping a consistent sleep schedule that ensures you
get enough hours each night. Maintaining this regular sleep schedule will
get your mind and body on board, recognizing without you even knowing
it that there is a time to fall asleep and a time to wake up. Getting
into a pre-bedtime routine -- whether that be drinking a cup of hot tea
or reading for half an hour -- will condition your mind over time to acknowledge
that it's time to fall asleep, leading to a more restful slumber.
3. Power down early.
The bright lights from your computer, TV, phone, or other electronic devices
can be what's keeping you up at night. This light actually mimics
sunlight, throwing off your circadian rhythm and waking up your brain
-- which is, of course, not what you want to do right before you put it to sleep!
4. Give yourself something to look forward to.
If you're starting to wake up an hour earlier every morning, make that
hour worthwhile so you don't dread getting out of bed. Head out for
a morning run or stay in and enjoy a cup of coffee with the morning news,
whatever helps you face the day ahead.
5. Just do it!
You may still be tempted to hit that snooze button, especially those first
couple of weeks after adjusting to the earlybird schedule, but remind
yourself that an extra 10 minutes of sleep will actually do more harm
than good. Set one alarm and stick to it, and it will come naturally to
wake right up before you even know what hit you.
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