Editor’s Note: People neglect how important sleep really is. While some self help and business gurus talk about how they only sleep a few hours a night, the science is in that the majority of people need 7-9 hours sleep. While this website is for people who want to stand out from the majority and who are likely thinking that this does not apply to them; there is only a very small percentage of people who can still function with peak performance on only 6 hours or less of sleep. The proportion of successful people who advocate a good sleep massively outweighs the number who don’t. As someone who struggled with being a morning person for years, trying every combination of (mostly stupid) things that I thought might work, the advice that finally worked for me is all pretty much summed up here in this article. It is easily the best article that we, at Menprovement, have read on the subject and if you take a little time to review it and apply this in your life you will likely have more success with this than any other resource on the subject. Enjoy!
We all know this struggle all too well – the alarm goes off and you have to get out of your warm bed, even though every instinct is telling you to stay put. There are people, who can get up and be ready for action right away, but they are a minority and will probably exist only in legends soon, the rest of the human population is either cranky or perfectly able to ignore all the signs telling them that it’s time to start their day.
Thankfully, humans are also able to train themselves to do pretty much whatever they want, the only glitch is how persistent we are in implementing new habits.
Training yourself to wake up early doesn’t have to be too difficult, but you do need to find a method that works best for you, and that can vary from person to person. In this article we’ll cover several ways in which you can trick your mind and body into accepting that rising with the sun is a good thing (which it really is!).
Having a solid morning routine really makes a difference, because you’re able to start the day on your terms and make everything work for you.
Waking Up Early Starts the Night Before
This is obvious, but still too many people think they’re super humans who can sleep four hours a night and still manage to wake up at 6 a.m. This kind of routine isn’t sustainable, as your body will be constantly exhausted and your mind will work worse the less sleep you have.
If you want to be an early bird, kudos to you, but you have to know that some changes in your daily routine will have to be made. The time when you go to bed will have to be adjusted to the time when you want to wake up in the morning.
Whether you need eight or six hours of quality sleep, you have to manage everything in your day so that you can get to bed in time to get much needed rest. Maybe you’re afraid that you won’t be able to fall asleep if you snuggle in at 10 p.m.
This might be true, especially if you’re used to being a night owl, but here you can use cues to help you. You should always do same things before you go to bed and what they are is up to you – for some it’s drinking a cup of warm milk, for others it’s a warm shower and some reading time. Find these little actions that you like doing before you hit the sheets and do them every night, no exception. In time, they will become cues that your brain and your body will see as signs that it will be time to fall asleep soon and that’s exactly what you’ll do.
Out With the Technology
Here’s a big one for everyone that are so used to going to bed with their smartphones. If you want to sleep well, wake up early and feel refreshed, then you can be sure that won’t happen with your phone ringing, buzzing and vibrating right next to you every two minutes. In fact, any form of technology has nothing to do in the bedroom, that is a place of rest, so just shut it all out.
Technology is our most beloved distraction and it can easily become our go-to thing, so even when we are ready to fall asleep, we keep scrolling on Facebook.
You don’t ever need to hide from reality in which you’re in – if everything is quiet in the room, then enjoy the silence which has become scarce in this busy world. Also, when you start waking up early in the morning, you don’t want to reach for your phone right away.
You managed to open your eyes at 6 a.m. and you’ve got so many better and more productive things to do instead of seeing who liked what on social media. If you’re training yourself to become an early bird, it’s hard work, so why should you let technology take away a big chunk of that precious time you’ve got for yourself in the morning.
Kiss Crankiness Goodbye
One of the main reasons people dislike waking up early is that they’re incredibly cranky and not quite able to function normally. This happens the most when you haven’t had enough time to sleep, so your whole body is aching to replenish itself. However, if you simply aren’t a morning person and in the first hours of waking up you want everyone that talks to you die slow death, some mentality rewiring is needed.
First, you have to acknowledge that being all fussy and unhappy in the morning has no benefits for you. If you want to be successful in your life (whatever that means to you), you need to purge all the bad habits from your system, and crankiness is just that, a nasty habit. Second, have a revitalizing morning routine that is gentle but does the trick.
Have some tea or coffee, exercise, eat a healthy breakfast and just find what feels right to you. Finally, don’t let the bad mood overwhelm you, it’s not the boss of you, in fact, it’s quite the opposite.
You control how you feel and what you do about it, so every morning, step by step, wake up and choose to be just a little bit less annoyed by the sole existence of the rest of the world. It will take time to surpass it, but it will be well worth it and your aversion toward getting up early will be significantly diminished.
Snooze Is the Enemy
You already know that snooze is no friend of yours in the morning, but you still keep using it abundantly because it’s easier. Well snoozing times are over, friends, if you want to get things done, you better be ready to let go of that snooze button once and for all.
Instead of using your phone’s alarm clock, buy a real one – they’re usually cheap and will not stop ringing until you’re up and about. There are many types of smart alarm clocks that you can use, some of them can actually be connected to your smartphone, even when they’re in different rooms of the house, so that you can have some peace of mind in your bedroom, far away from all the internet temptations.
There’s even an alarm clock that will run away from you as it starts ringing, so that you have no choice but to get up, go after it and turn it off. You will probably get annoyed in the process, but hey, you’re awake and on your feet.
Don’t Rush the Process
Rarely any change will take root when you try to implement it suddenly, without any leeway for experimenting and finding what works for you. Same rules apply when you’re training yourself to become an early bird – you should do it gradually and with care.
Waking up at 6 a.m. instead of 8 a.m. is quite a shock for your metabolism, so you can be sure it will not take it lightly, everything will seem much more difficult than it actually is and you will give up quicker. Instead of wrestling with the process, ease into it, take your time to get to your goal.
Getting out of bed earlier than you’re accustomed to requires routine and perseverance, so next time you go to bed, set your alarm to 15 minutes earlier than your previous one and take it from there. Don’t rush anything and you can be sure that the results will show and they will be amazing. – Vanessa Davis