When do you wake up? Is it 5 a.m?, or duh?! What if you woke up early each morning, well-rested. That moment when the sun is still asleep, everything so quiet. You could sip some tea, do some yoga, and plan ahead for the day. This seems like the perfect way to start your day, and its not that far from possibility. Learn how.
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You Gotta Wake Up Before The Sun Does
We all know that sleep is definitely amazing, but getting up early is as important as how you sleep, too. At 5 a.m., it could keep you feeling like you’re the only one that survived the apocalypse. That serene moment makes it a great time to tackle challenging problems first. This could either be eating the frog by squeezing in a workout before taking a shower.
There’s been several successful early risers who’ve managed to keep that routine. Its alleged that Thomas Jefferson used to get up every day with the sun to record the weather, and Apple CEO Tim Cook reportedly gets up at 3:45 a.m. Though waking up early might not necessarily make you a renowned leader, at least its a good way to start whatever you plan on doing within your day.
How To Wake Up Early
This routine might not be for everyone — some people are genetically predisposed to being night owls. Here are seven tips on how to be an early riser.
1. Take it slow. When you’re just starting out, push your wake-up time back 15 or 20 minutes each morning. if you normally wake up at 8, waking up randomly at 5 will make you feel like a zombie.
2. Go to bed earlier (and do it right). You don’t want to be sleep deprived, so set a bedtime for yourself and stick to it. If you’re not tired when bedtime rolls around, at least get in bed and read until you doze off. No screens after bedtime — the light they emit makes our bodies think it’s daytime.
3. Have a morning plan. What do you want to get done with your wide-open morning hours? If you don’t have an objective, you’ll just wander back to bed.
4. Eat breakfast. Getting up earlier means going longer before lunch, so breakfast becomes unmissable. Plus, a tasty breakfast makes an early morning something you can (theoretically) look forward to. Make it one with lots of complex carbohydrates and fiber to help you feel alert.
5. Get a gentle alarm clock. If waking up early still feels like ripping out your fingernails, try the Sleep Cycle app. Instead of waking you up at a set time, it wakes you up near your desired time during a light patch in your sleep cycle. It makes waking up less startling, and it’s recommended by at least one frequent over sleeper.
6. But keep the alarm clock away. If you have to hike across your room to turn it off, you’re less likely to hit snooze. If you use a phone app for your alarm, this can do double duty by keeping your device out of arm’s reach once you climb in bed for the night.
7. Stick with it. The first early morning is the worst early morning, but bodies adapt. You can do this!
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Written by: Nana Kwadwo, Sat, Aug 17, 2019.