Being a morning person and waking up early is something that doesn’t always come easy for everyone. And that’s okay. I know it didn’t for me.
On the bright side of things if you are not a morning person, becoming a natural early riser is something that is very achievable for anyone that wants to make that change.
With a little bit of bit of hard work and determination, you have the ability to completely turn around your entire sleeping schedule in no time at all!
My sleeping schedule has never been too terrible. Before I started waking up at 5am or 6am everyday, I would typically naturally get up somewhere between 8am and 10am. Not terrible, but still not great.
I knew I could do better and be better. And you know what they say – the early bird gets the worm.
In this post you will learn how to be a morning person, and discover all my tricks and tips for how to wake up early!
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The Benefits of Waking Up Early
Despite what you may think, waking up early everyday has it benefits and perks. People that wake up early are likely to be more productive throughout the day, have more energy, and overall get better sleep than those who aren’t early risers.
How to wake up early
Put your alarm clock across the room
Putting your alarm clock across the room gives you opportunity to force yourself to get out of the bed in the morning. Want to kick things up a notch? Set your alarm ringer to the most annoying sound possible and watch how fast you’ll get up!
Sleep with an empty stomach
If your body is feeling a little more hungry in the morning, it will be more likely to want to wake up in the morning. When you fill your body with food (especially heavy carbs) before bed, your body might struggle with digestion while you are sleeping. Avoid eating 2-3 hours before bed to help your body stay on course with its natural processes.
Go to bed earlier
This one is obviously a no brainer, but it can be so commonly overlooked! Take a look at your current sleeping schedule and determine how many hours you are getting. If you find that you are getting less than 7 hours, you should make some adjustments to your routine to make sure you are getting enough sleep.
Get into a routine
It’s no secret that our bodies love routines. This is no different for your morning routine. Morning routines allow us to set a positive tone for the day gives you stability when you wake up in the morning!
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Put your electronics up before bed
Scrolling through social media before bed has been such a hard habit for me to break. To distract myself at night before bed, I try to spend time reading or writing in my journal to refrain from getting lost on social media.
Drink a glass of water before bed
If you are a deep sleeper, hydrating your body before bed can help to prevent you from falling into that deep sleep that is hard to wake up from. If you are worried about having to wake up in the middle of the night to use the bathroom, try limiting your water intake to only 4-6oz about two hours before bed and you should sleep right on through the night!
Wake up at the same time everyday
Like I said earlier, our bodies love routines, and waking up at the same time is no exception. Waking up at the same time everyday as well as falling asleep around the same time can help get your body used to waking up early faster due the regular consistency!
Embrace your night routine
Did you know that what you do before bed has a dramatic effect on your ability to wake up in the morning? Things such as going to bed super later, eating unhealthy, blue light exposure, and more can really bring you down in the morning. Try adapting a night routine catered to self care to set yourself up for success in the mornings!
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Start slow and steady
If your body is used to waking up at 8am everyday, don't shock it by jumping from 8am to 6am. Doing this does more harm than good, and you may be more likely to give up! Which I obviously don't want for you.
Take it slow and steady by going in 30 minute increments every couple of weeks. If may look at little bit like like this:
- 1-3: wake up @ 7:30
- 3-5: wake up @ 7:00
- 5-7: wake up @ 6:30
- 7-9: wake up @ 6:00
And so on and so forth. Within 3-4 months you should be able to reach whatever time goal you are trying to reach. And because you took your time, your body will love you even more!
Find something that gets you excited
There's nothing better than waking up excited in the morning. What gives you purpose? What makes you feel motivated? Do you have a favorite daily task? Do you crave that warm fresh of cup of coffee? Put these things at the beginning of your morning routine to get you excited about waking up.