If you are anything like me, I am almost certain that you struggle to break the relationship with that awful snooze button. If you are struggling to find answers on how to wake up easier every morning, then you have come to the right place.
There are many benefits in wanting to execute the day early. Becoming an early bird can boost your productivity, confidence, and in some cases, increase your chances of success.
Both my wife and I struggled with this for a long time, and after years of several attempts, it all came down to these 15 practices that we believe can help you become that morning warrior!
Let’s get right into it:
Our 15 Tips On How To Wake Up Easier
Turn Off Electronics 1 Hour Prior To Bedtime
In today’s day in age, this is an easy one to fall victim to. Everywhere you look there is a television, computer, tablet or phone nearby. It seems as if we have almost become dependant on these devices.
Research done at Harvard University concludes that blue light emitted by monitors, reduce the amount of melatonin production, and can increase the risk of diabetes heart disease and even cancer. Melatonin is responsible for letting your conscious know when to go to sleep, and when to wake up.
Since this light disrupts sleep patterns, it is recommended that you don’t look at electronics that emit light, at least 1 hour prior to bedtime.
Create A Positive Morning Routine
Anticipating the structure, and routine of your morning can increase your desire to wake up as soon as that annoying alarm goes off. Let’s be honest, waking up to go to your day job after being stuck in traffic is not the most exciting part of the day.
Have you ever had a scenario where you are excited to go on vacation or a particular event which requires you to wake up early to catch that trip?
Creating a routine that forces you to look forward and get excited about something can help you start the day off with a sense of urgency and purpose.
Try starting your morning off with positive audios, an inspirational book or doing an activity that will help move toward your dreams and goals.
Another great way to start off your morning is come up with a routine with your spouse and/or children. You will be amazed at the rewards that come with spending time with your family on a daily basis, both social and psychological.
Watch What You Eat
What we choose to eat has a massive impact on our overall health, including our sleep. Our bodies rely on food for energy, and a proper clean diet will help us get sufficient fuel which allows you to wake up easier.
Proper nutrients from healthy foods containing antioxidants and phytonutrients, provide our brains with the right chemical environment that it needs in order to produce healthy neurotransmitters, which help us to achieve a proper sleep cycle.
What we choose to eat, also affects our circadian rhythm, which is the complete 24-hour cycle that our body follows each day. This cycle lets our brain know when we are hungry, tired, when to go to bed, and when to wake up.
Avoid Eating Late At Night
Our body’s take time to digest the food that we eat, and sugar levels can spike, causing us to be restless. You may often times find it difficult to fall asleep, because the body is working to break down the food while storing energy, causing you to become more awake.
A great rule of thumb is to have your last meal no less than 3-4 hours before bedtime. This will allow your body to digest before bed, and help to prevent you from going to the bathroom at night, which disrupts your sleep cycle.
There is a large body of research pointing to exercise promoting great sleep quality, which in return results in a better deep sleep cycle. Ensuring you get a good night’s sleep will help restore the energy your body needs to tackle the day early, as well as boosting your bodies immune function.
Regular exercise also helps reduce stress, anxiety, and insomnia which can also help you achieve a proper sleep cycle, prevent type 2 diabetes, and other life-threatening diseases.
In a nutshell, exercising will result in a better sleep, which helps you wake up easier.
Become A Goal Setter!
A famous quote once said, “if you aim at nothing you will hit it every time”.
Trial and error are necessary when attempting to achieve anything, and I believe that setting goals and striving to hit them will help you build the grit, and tenacity that is necessary to accomplish them. Goals can also help hold you accountable, which will motivate you to follow through.
Setting goals will help you get focused, and help you commit to waking up early. 80 % of the battle will be a mental one. Don’t Ever be too hard on yourself. It takes energy, failure and overcoming to change habits.
Develop A Great Attitude
Most successful people will always tell you that attitude is everything.
When both my wife and I began to study entrepreneurs who built success in their lives, we found that over 95% of them had an early start to their day.
As we explored deeper, we found that their positive and influential attitudes played a significant role in how they thought from the minute they woke up, to when their head hit the pillow.
A great attitude will help give you that boost of enthusiasm that you need to get excited about starting your day. Ways you can do this is changing the way you think by reading books or listening to audios that are aimed towards helping you personally grow.
Place Alarm Out Of Reach
You have probably heard this one before, but I included it because it has worked wonders, and still continues to works for my wife and I. Placing your alarm where you are forced to get out of bed can be a great strategy that will help you win the battle of getting up in the morning.
Try placing it where you have to take several steps in order to turn it off, such as a bathroom, or kitchen. Once there, you can turn on the tap and start rinsing your face with cold water and get right into your hygiene routine. Slam back a cup of coffee and off you go!
Look Forward To Breakfast
Who doesn’t get excited over delicious food? One of the biggest secrets that I love to share when people ask me how they can wake up easier in the morning, is to plan a breakfast that they can get excited about.
It gives me something to look forward to, and having that extra time in the morning allows me to enjoy breakfast with my wife as well. It’s a win-win!
Make Vitamins Part of Your Lifestyle
Most of us have busy lives and ensuring that we get the right nutrients for our bodies to function properly can often times be difficult.
This is where vitamins come in. We recommend taking a natural multivitamin, which can help fill the gaps where food most often can’t so that you are supplying both your mind and body with the nutrients it needs.
Vitamins that help support proper growth and function of your heart, immune system and brain will help you gain more energy in the morning.
Stop Hitting Snooze
I believe nothing ruins your deep sleep cycle like hitting that damn snooze button. Constantly hitting snooze actually disrupts your brains sleeping patterns, and will leave you feeling more groggy and tired in the morning.
Its the perfect way to get into a negative mindset and a bad mood.
Although not easy at first, developing a habit of getting out of bed as soon as your alarm goes off can almost guarantee that you will have more energy in the morning. Simply try it!
Hold Yourself Accountable
If you are truly serious about waking up early as I was, then holding yourself accountable, may just do the trick!
I personally struggled with commitment and consistency. It wasn’t until I told my wife and other people about the changes I was going to make, that I started to actually follow through.
Nobody likes to be around a person who doesn’t follow through with what they said they were going to do. Committing in secret is much more difficult, as it gives you room to slack without consequence.
Snip 5 Minutes Per Day
For many people, jumping from step one to step ten can leave you falling on your face every single time. It can become discouraging when trying to go from sleeping in, to waking up at 5 or 6 Am cold turkey, which is where my “snip” strategy can work in your favor.
This routine allows you to gradually take 5 minutes off of your sleep in the morning every day until you hit your desired goal.
For example, if you wake up at 10 Am, and take off 5 minutes for 24 days, on day 24 you will have developed a pattern of waking up at 8:00 AM.
Chipping at it little by little can make it much more manageable and realistic if you struggle to change habits overnight.
Let There Be Light
Have you noticed that it is much easier to wake up in the morning when the sun starts shining into your bedroom? This is because we are naturally designed to wake up to light. Allowing more sunlight into the room can help you wake up much easier in the morning.
If you live in North America like me where it is mostly dark in the morning throughout the year, consider replacing your alarm clock with a wake-up light instead. These special clocks imitate the sun, allowing warm ambient light to gradually increase in your bedroom over a 1 to2 hour period.
The most important one of all is staying consistent with whatever routines and changes you are making. Implementing all of the above for a week or two is easy, but to make it into a lifestyle takes time, energy and commitment.
Psychologists say it takes 21 days to form a habit, and 90 days to make it into a lifestyle. Even then, it is really easy to divert back into your old ways, so make sure you keep going and fight through any resistance.
Bonus Tip For Heavy Sleepers
We understand that there are heavy sleepers, as well as light sleepers, this is why we included some bonus tips for those who just won’t budge when it comes to waking up early.
With technology on the rise, there are many helpful products out there today that can give you that morning kick in the butt.
Some of us need to get a little radical and aggressive when it comes to change, so the runaway alarm is the perfect solution when you are a heavy sleeper. These alarms go off and roll off your night side table requiring you to chase it in order to turn it off. If you exhausted all other options, then this could just do the trick!
These 15 tips on how to wake up earlier have been great practices that have personally worked for my wife, me, and others. You can mix and match any of these tips according to your lifestyle until you find what works best for you.
Set goals for yourself towards implementing all of these practices one by one, and do your best to stay committed and consistent. I promise you will experience the many rewards that come with waking up early.