Trying to break the habits of a night owl to wake up first thing in the morning is difficult, so we composed a list of 10 easy ways to wake up earlier to help you out…
Guest Post From: Chief Health
1. Set A Better Alarm
The most obvious way to wake up early is setting an alarm you actually listen too. But it’s tough, right?
You set an alarm for the time you want to wake and then when it comes, you find yourself making excuses for why you should get another 5, 10, or 30 minutes. Then, you wake up an hour later than when you wanted to.
Traditional alarms are often too abrupt and catch you at the worst time. Consider a gradual wake-up light alarm or an app that pays attention to your sleep cycle in order to wake you up at the best time.
2. Move Earlier Gradually
Unless there is a specific reason to start setting your alarm earlier, don’t move it hours at a time. Instead, try waking up 15 minutes earlier every day until your body starts to accept the change.
In just 4 days, you can move your wake up call 2 hours earlier and your body won’t hate you for the immediate change.
3. Ask A Friend To keep You Accountable
Many people make promises to themselves that they’re going to start a new healthy habit and stick to it, but it’s often a lot harder than it seems. Willpower is a muscle that needs to be worked too.
Finding a friend or family member who is also willing to make the same commitment will improve accountability and your ability to get the job done.
Look for someone who is actively trying to change their lifestyle and ask them if they’d be interested in improving together.
4. Coffeemaker Alarm
There’s nothing better than waking up to the smell of a fresh pot of coffee. It might just motivate you to jump out of bed and get that first cup.
No matter what some health experts spout, some people simply can’t get their day started without a good dose of caffeine. So set up the coffeemaker brewing alarm to ensure you have your coffee waiting on you when you stumble into the kitchen in the morning.
Not a fan of caffeine? There are other alternatives too.
5. Take A Cold Shower
A warm shower is usually the first thing on your mind when you first wake, but that same warm shower can make you even more tired. To help you quickly wake up, consider blasting yourself with 30 seconds of cold water to improve blood flow and shock the life into you.
Then, you can switch it right back to the warm water you enjoy. You can also try completely forgoing the hot water and doing a purely cold shower instead.
Either way, adding cold water to the morning routine can wake you up extremely effectively.
6. A Breakfast To Look Forward To
Coffee shouldn’t be your only tool when it comes to waking up in the morning. Oatmeal, leafy greens, eggs, and even water will help you feel more alert and revitalized in the morning.
Apples and bananas with peanut butter also offer a quick burst of energy with a lasting satiation effect. The natural fiber and sugars can help you wake up and stay awake.
7. Listen To Energizing Music
What better way to wake up quicker in the morning than to turn on your favorite tunes and have them blasting throughout the house? (Or playing in your ears if the rest of the family/roommates are sleeping)
Make a playlist of your favorite songs and artists and start them up as soon as you wake up. The right music can put some pip in your step and brighten your mood too!
8. Make Your Bed
The age-old suggestion from mom resurfaces once again… MAKE YOUR BED.
Making your bed in the morning gives you a quick sense of accomplishment. Plus, it will keep you from jumping right back in.
And if your entire day goes completely wrong, at least you did one thing right and you have a well-made bed to look forward to at the end of the day.
9. Start With A Workout
Starting your morning with a workout sounds a lot harder than it actually is, and it’s one of the best ways to get going.
And no, you don’t have to decide that tomorrow you’re going to start doing an hour workout every day. Start off with something small like a few jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, and squats. You can move on to harder workouts once you adapt to your new morning routine.
10. Go To Bed Earlier
The biggest no brainer in this article is going to bed earlier. Which may sound simple on paper but can be really tough. If you are a night owl, (like so many are) try taking a few milligrams of melatonin 30 minutes before you lay down for bed.
If the melatonin doesn’t help, try waking up earlier one morning to set your sleep schedule back to normal. For instance, if you stay up every night until 2AM and sleep until noon, try waking up at the time you’d like to wake up tomorrow and stick to your guns.
Get up and stay up no matter how tired you think you are. By the end of the day, you will be begging to hit the pillow at an earlier time.
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