We have heard this famous line often -“The Early Bird Catches the Worm“. Ever since our tender years, this line has been imprinted in our minds. Waking up early is the way to start the day right. They say the earlier you wake up, the more productive you can be as you get through the day.
But for some of our fast metabolism dieters, waking up early can be a challenge. How do we step up from this difficulty? How can we encourage ourselves to rise up earlier when we are so tempted to extend our shut eye?
We recommend these 6 tips to help give extra boost to waking up early. Try applying them in your routine and see which one works for you best.
1. Place Your Phone or Alarm Clock Away From Your Bed
Do you ever wonder why even though you’ve set three alarms already, you still find yourself sleeping more? The culprit behind it is the location of our alarm clock. Most of us place our alarm clocks (or smartphones nowadays) on our bed. Making it incredibly easy for us to grab it and hit “snooze”.
And since we’re still lying in the four corners of our comfortable bed, it is easy to doze off again. These recurring actions resulted to us getting late at work and ruining our schedule for the rest of the day. How do we fix this detrimental habit?
The solution to that is by simply putting your alarm clock away from your bed! You can put your alarm clock on your study table, cabinet, or near the door. The farther it is, the better. The goal is to force you to exert more effort in standing up and getting away from your bed. This movement will help the transition from being asleep to being awake immediately.
2. Have Something to Look Forward To
Before you go to sleep the night before, list down all your goals for the next day. Whether you want to go out for a run, read a new novel, or cook a healthy meal for the family, whatever that is, list it down.
These goals will inspire you to wake up early and keep moving! Because, if you don’t have any goals set for the day, sleeping (or doing nothing) will always be a better option for you.
3. Set a Bedtime Alarm
Did you know that you can also use your alarm clock as a bedtime alarm? Yes, you read it right! This is really helpful especially if you have trouble sleeping. Set the time when you need to sleep. The moment it alarms, it will remind you to sleep now and halt every activity you’re doing at the moment.
4. Establish a Relaxing Nighttime Routine
We recommend to only do light things before your bedtime. It is important to relax your brain and lull it to sleep. You can listen to a mellow music or meditate. Not soon after you’ll find yourself sleepy. Conditioning yourself to sleep before your bedtime will help you establish a consistent sleeping pattern.
5. Have an Accountability Buddy
Tell your best friend or your family about your plans of waking up early and let them join your quest. You can invite them to take a morning run with you. The words you left to them will hold you accountable for it. Surely, you wouldn’t want to break your promises to them, right?
6. Cut Your Screen time Before Going to Bed
The blue light emitted from electronic devices prevents your brain from releasing melatonin, a hormone responsible for making you sleep. It is highly suggested to cut off your browsing time 30 minutes before bedtime to relax your brain after a tiresome day. When you’re relaxed, your brain will be able to release the hormones you needed to have profound and relaxing sleep.
Try these tips tonight, and if they work for you, then make these things a habit. Waking up early will do wonders in your waking life.