Waking up early in the morning can be a great way to feel energized and productive. John Douillard, author of the book Body, Mind, and Sport, writes that waking up early can help you feel more alert all day long, since an early awakening is in sync with the natural sleep-wake cycles of the human body. But it’s not easy! Here are a few simple tips to help you get up and going early in the morning.
• Get enough sleep. You can’t stay up ‘til midnight and expect your body to cooperate with the idea of getting up at 5 am every morning. The human body has a biological need for sleep. If you’re sleep deprived, no amount of good intent will get your body moving early in the morning. Go to bed around 9 or 10 pm to get up early with plenty of energy.
• Build an early morning into your schedule. If you have a good reason to get up, you’re more likely to get out of bed. Build in early morning appointments, work that has to be done before your workday starts, time to exercise or meditate, or time to make a good breakfast for the family. Having a good reason to get out of bed can be the key to making an early start to the day.
• Don’t snooze. Hitting that button to get “ten more minutes” feels so good – but the more times you snooze, the more likely you are to decide to go back to bed for another hour or three. Just get out of bed and out of the bedroom as soon as you wake up – lay out your clothes in the bathroom the night before, set the coffee pot so all you have to do is hit the power button… do whatever it takes to get yourself out of the warm bed and into the world the first time the alarm goes off.
• Keep track of your wakeup times – and review your progress. Watching your successes and failures can help you learn what works, and can be a great motivating tool. It’s also tempting to tell yourself “I’ve been so good this week; I’ll sleep in just this once.” But if you haven’t been keeping track, you may have already slept in twice without really remembering it. Write down what time you go to bed and what time you get out of bed every day, so you’ll be able to track your progress.
Getting up early is only healthy if you’re getting enough sleep. Start by going to bed earlier, so you can build a morning routine that’s good for your body. And enjoy those quiet hours before the day gets hectic – I do!
Do you have trouble getting up early? Or are you an early morning person? Leave a comment, and share the tricks for getting up early that work for you!