How To Get Out of Bed On Time Aug 3, 2017 by Sarah (Day Styles)
Getting up early is not something myself, or many other people I know, particularly enjoy. When my alarm goes off, the first thing that comes to mind is “Do I really need to get up now, or can it wait another…hour?” I know I’m not alone here. I wish I could be one of those people who get up at 5:30 a.m. every single day and go for a run before they need to go to work. Some days I can do this no problem, but most days it’s a total nightmare to even think about it! So what are some things we could do to change our ways and start waking up earlier with smiles on our faces? It takes time and practice, but here are some tips to get started!
1. Start Slow
If you’re used to waking up at 8:00 a.m., it’s not going to be very effective to shock the heck out of your body and start waking up at 5:00 a.m.. You’ll soon be extremely overtired and all efforts will be for nothing. Start by waking up 15 minutes earlier than normal, and slowly progress earlier and earlier until you reach your goal time.
2. Go To Bed Early
If you want to wake up earlier, it only makes sense to go to sleep earlier. Most people need between seven and eight hours of sleep each night so set your morning wake-up goal and work backwards. Also, note how many hours you sleep and how you feel. Eight hours may be too much or too little depending on who you are.
3. Consistency is Key
Changing your body’s routine requires consistency, even on the weekend. If you want to wake up at 5:30 a.m. during the week, opt to wake up at 6:30 a.m. on weekends. When your body is used to waking up at 5:30 a.m. and you sleep in until 10 on weekends, it throws everything off and waking up at 5:30 a.m. is going to remain a challenge.
4. Don't Hit the Snooze Button
I know so many people who set their alarm for an hour or so before getting out of bed so that they can hit “snooze” multiple times, luckily I’m not one of these people. Hitting snooze over and over interrupts our sleep cycles and will make us more tired than if we just woke when our alarm went off. Opt to set just one alarm and be strict with yourself to get out of bed when it goes off. Perhaps set another alarm a couple minutes later in case you sleep through the first!
5. Prepare For Your Morning
If you prepare your morning in advanced, you’re going to be less likely to avoid what you need to do. Lay out your clothes, make your lunch and pack your gym bag. Doing this the night before will also allow you to sleep in a little longer as well since you won’t have to do it in the morning!
6. Move Your Alarm Clock
What better temptation is there to reach out and hit the snooze button from under the warm, comfortable covers? Move your alarm clock into the living room or the bathroom so you have to physically get out of bed to turn it off. You’re more likely to stay awake once you’re out of bed and if you’re already in the washroom, you can have a shower to start your day.
7. Get Some Exercise
If you exercise and need to find the motivation to do it in the morning, sleep in your workout clothes. This way when you wake up, you can tie up your shoes and head out the door before you can really fathom what is happening. Once your out and exercising you will wake up even more and you’ll be prepared to seize the day!