So many people each year attempt to wake up early and fail. I’ve seen the attempts and noticed the things done wrong, and organized tips here to help you ACTUALLY wake up early!
The biggest mistake I’ve seen from people both online and around me is expecting it to happen literally overnight. The truth is, if you wake up at 10 am every day, you’re not going to wake up at 5am the next day with no repercussions. And it definitely won’t stick for long, especially once you hit the weekend. What needs to be done is first consciously spending your evenings, and making a plan.
Step 1: Plan
What does it mean? If you want to wake up early, you need to sleep early. But for many, getting yourself to sleep when you’re not ready to is the first roadblock. Your day one plan is two parts: first, take the time you normally sleep and pull it up by thirty minutes. So if you normally sleep at 11 PM, plan to sleep at 10:30 PM. Lots of people think if you just try hard enough, it’ll come naturally, but once that weekend comes your body will force you to go back to it’s natural rhythm. Continue pulling up this time and stick to it every few days.
Step 2: Increments
This is another place where one might end their attempts to wake up early. In today’s world, many will lie in bed with their phones or watch a show or movie before bed. The blue light in our screens work against us and contribute to keeping us awake. Not to mention, if you’re on social media, the endless content and scrolling will make you feel more inclined to keep scrolling. Before you know it, it’s 1 AM! An hour before bed, focus on things like reading off paper, showering and brushing your teeth, or maybe doing a little relaxing yoga. Whatever is relaxing and calm.
If you take these two pieces of advice – sleep earlier in increments and have a calm hour before bed – you can wake up early! I’ve heard friends say “how can you wake up so early?” Or “I can’t do that, I sleep too much.” I used to have a terrible sleep schedule where sometimes I got up at 12 PM and then didn’t sleep for 60+ hours. Today I sleep at 10 and wanted up at 6. That’s a solid 8 hours of sleep and I feel fine leaving for work early. Hopefully with these two tips in mind, everyone reading is able to wake up the time they want!