7 Steps to Becoming an Early Riser
The advantages of getting up early are difficult to deny. It has been said, many times, that those who wake up before 6AM, live longer, are healthier and are often more productive than those who don’t. Sure, it’s not all about the early rising, but because it’s a natural rhythm of the human body, getting up early can provide you with certain benefits. Some may say that the early risers are born, not made, making it impossible for the non-early risers to become just that. In truth, it’s just a matter of using the right technique, setting the habit, and of course, having desire and motivation. So, if you decide to become an early riser, get ready because it will take time to get following down.
- Go to bed earlier. If you want to get up at 5AM, it’s a terrible idea to go to bed at midnight. The average adult needs seven to nine hours of daily sleep. Often, electronics are a problem in this process, but you should never substitute internet or TV in the evening to replace your healthy sleep. So, get into the habit of going to bed early (that may mean 10PM for several of you). This way, your body will have enough time to rest.
- Evening Rituals: But how do you fall asleep at such an early time if you’ve gone to bed much later for years? The key is evening rituals. Don’t eat for at least 3 hours before going to sleep. An hour before going to bed, switch off the TV, laptop and other devices; it’s preferable to have a good read. Have a cup of milk or mint tea – it’s relaxing. With some practice for several days, you will soon begin to consistently feel sleepy at the same time every night.
- Never snooze! 10 or 20 extra minutes won’t make you brisk; instead, you risk feeling just the opposite. Place the alarm clock further from your bed so you’ll have to actually get out of bed to switch it off.
- Clarify the reasons why you need that early wake-up. Maybe you need to exercise before work or maybe you just need some extra time because you want to feel better, look better and have extra personal time. Explain it to yourself. If your motivation is clear, and it reflects what you want, you won’t find it difficult.
- Use the light. About half an hour before going to bed, soften your light. Your body will react by producing the sleep hormone called melatonin. In the morning make sure that the first sun rays come from natural light into your bedroom – it will help you wake up.
- Don’t drink coffee, watch horror films or the news in the evening. Really, refuse to do everything that could worry you, overstimulate your brain, and prevent you from a good sleep.
- Always wake up at the same time, even on the weekends. You’ll never manage to teach yourself to be an early riser while sleeping until noon on a Saturday. After these late mornings, you’ll find it even harder to wake up early.
A lot of people find it difficult to get up early, but making it a habit is easier than you would think. With it, comes lots of benefits too. In the morning we are more productive and waking up early may also lead to the feeling that you have more free time to go through your morning routine before starting your day.