How to Get Up Early in the Morning

Starting your day early means that you can have a few hours of productivity because it’s when you will most probably be less disturbed and have more time to yourself. You’ll be able to accomplish tasks faster and mentally prepare for the day ahead. Plus, you’ll be less likely to be late for work.

5-Minute Crafts have a few practical tips that will help you get up early in the morning without feeling exhausted.

1. Find out your internal body clock.

If you have been battling with sleep problems for some time now, you might not know how much sleep your body naturally needs. Our body makes changes as it anticipates us going to bed, like a drop in heart rate and temperature and secreting melatonin about 1 to 2 hours before falling asleep.

How to do it:

  • Find out what the best bedtime routine is for you. Start going to bed at the same time every day and sleep for at least 8 hours before the alarm goes off. Do this for a few weeks and see how your body will respond.

Note: Some people who are night owls by nature might find it hard to go to bed early, even if they wake up early in the morning as well.

2. Get bright light inside your room.

While sitting in front of the light from your phone or TV before going to bed can make it more difficult to fall asleep, bright light 1 to 2 hours after you get up in the morning will help you to wake up more easily. It will help your body’s clock to accept the wake-up time.

How to do it:

  • Open your curtains and windows in summer to let in some natural sunlight.
  • Turn on an artificial bright light in the morning when the weather is cloudy, dark, and cold.
  • If you can it’s even better to have a morning walk in the sun.

3. Put your alarm further away from your bed.

It’s clear that if we have a chance to sleep for 1 to 2 extra hours, the snooze button seems irresistible especially if you know that those additional hours will make you feel less sleepy. However, getting up with the first beep of your alarm every day will help to keep your body’s internal clock in order.

In time this will make you more alert early in the morning and also sleepy when the night comes.

How to do it:

  • Make turning off your alarm a challenge. Put it further away from your bed.
  • Set another one across the room. This way, you will need to get up in order to turn it off.

4. Eat breakfast after you get up.

In the morning you need something to become focused and get your energy up so that your body’s clock can get in order. By doing so you will start feeling like you are truly rested and not like you have woken up in the middle of the night. In this case, food can be a great solution.

How to do it:

  • Even if you don’t have an appetite in the morning try to have a small meal anyway. This means little bites, like a piece of toast, an egg, or a cup of berry yogurt.

5. Wind-down before going to bed.

Putting some time aside before going to bed to relax will help you fall asleep faster. This means you need to avoid any stressors like talking to people and checking your email for at least 1 hour before going to bed.

How to do it:

  • Take a warm bath or shower, do a light stretch, meditation, or simply read a book but in a low-lit room.

6. Keep the same sleeping and waking schedule even on weekends.

By the time Friday night comes most of us are exhausted and we can’t wait to sleep more on Saturday. However, sleeping more on the weekends will actually interrupt your body’s clock and make you even more sleepy.

How to do it:

  • Keep the same bedtime and morning routine during the weekends too. In fact, this will lead to better sleep and a much easier week. On the bright side, you have a whole weekend morning to spend it as you like.

Bonus: drink a glass of water before falling asleep.

When one blogger was trying to train himself to get up early in the morning he decided to drink a lot of water before bed and it helped him to set a reasonable morning routine.

How to do it:

  • Drink water about 30 minutes before going to bed. It could help you by getting you up early in the morning in order to use the toilet and you will be up and ready for your day.

❗️ However, this might get you up during the night to go to the toilet! So it doesn’t mean that it’s the best choice for everyone. But, if you do decide to give it a shot do it carefully.

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