When it comes to being productive, alert, and focused, laying a good foundation of routines can really make or break your happiness and success levels.
So here are my five tips that help me wake up early in the morning without feeling tired or wanting to die.
Tip number one: Go to Bed Early
Ok, this one sounds super cliche and you are probably rolling your eyes at me, but if you want to feel awake when you get up every morning, you need to allow your body time to get in a full 7.5 to 8 hours of sleep per night in order to feel well-rested.
In fact, according to the American Sleep Association, 35.5% of Americans report getting less than 7 hours of sleep per night AND about 38% report to unintentionally falling asleep during the day at least once in the preceding month.
Not to mention sleep deprivation can make you tired, cranky, and if left untreated, can make you burn out much faster, leaving you feeling hopeless, frustrated, and in dire need of a nap.
So factor in 7 to 8 hours of sleep every night. Go to bed early, set your alarm to go off 7-8 hours later, and relax under the covers.
Tip Number 2: Have a Fun Early Morning Activity
Sleeping in a warm bed is pretty awesome, and it seems to take massive strength of 5 armies to actually get out into the cold world and start your day. Make it worth your while.
Pair the unsatisfying task of waking up with a fun task that you actually like to do.
Whether that be listening to a comedy podcast while making coffee, watching your favorite Youtube video, an episode of Jane the Virgin, reading a book, meditating, or staring at the rising sun out your window, be sure to do an activity you love RIGHT AFTER you wake up.
Just doing those tasks for 10-15 minutes will help gently wake you up and get you going.
Do you have a favorite morning activity? Comment below and share what you like to do right when you wake up.
Tip Number 3: Use a Wake-Up Light
But, if you wake up when its pitch black outside, you feel like murdering everyone within a 5 mile radius and generally hate life.
It’s just so hard to open up your heavy eyes while stumbling in the dark.
Well, if you want to trick your body into feeling more alert and awake, getting a wake-up light alarm clock can help fill your room with gradual, warm light that mimics the sun, helping you slowly, naturally wake up.
Wake up lights usually works with your alarm clock by imitating a sun-rise’s light intensity 15-30 minutes prior to your set wake up time.
It will turn on and slowly fill your room with warm light, getting brighter and brighter until your alarm goes off. By the time you wake up, your room is covered in a warm light, ushering you awake.
I personally use the Phillips wake up light, and even though I still wake up heavy-eyed in the morning, I don’t find myself struggling to get up. In fact, in less than a minute, I am up and getting ready, feeling oddly alert and focused.
Tip Number 4: No Caffeine past 2pm
Caffeine is a stimulant that can be a detriment to sleep and can prevent you from fully falling asleep, leaving you tossing and turning.
So, if you drink coffee or soda with caffeine like Coke, Sprite, Pepsi, etc, be sure to stop drinking these past 2pm.
By the time you go to sleep, most of the caffeine will have passed from your system, and you will have a better chance of sleep.
Tip number 5: No Electronics Before Bed
This is a hard one, but another way to get amazing sleep at night and wake up feeling refreshed is turning off your cellphone/iPad/TV/all electronics one hour before bed.
In fact, according to HealthDay, the blue light from screens can affect circadian rhythms and adversely affect falling asleep.
Various sleep studies showed that kids and adults who spent 13 extra minutes using their devices prior to bed vs those who spent the entire hour without a device actually took an extra hour to actually fall asleep.
That’s messed up.
So, as hard as it might be, putting away your devices and not staring at a screen before bed can help you fall asleep faster and get a full night’s sleep so you don’t wake up tired.
Are you guilty of taking your device to bed? Comment and share!
Waking Up Early Takes some Work, but Is Absolutely Achievable
So those are my 5 tips to help you wake up fast and early in the morning and not want to die….if you enjoyed this post, please comment and share it these tips to anyone else who needs a little morning boost.
Did you learn anything today? Are there any wake-up tips you absolutely swear by?
Please share what they are in the comments below!