I have been feeling pretty sick today, I ended up coming home from work early today and to make matters worse – I slept in until 7:30am
I realized while I dragged myself out of bed that most wouldn’t consider 7:30am as sleeping in, in fact they would probably consider that to be early. But for me, someone who regularly wakes up at 5:00am it was devastating to my morning routine!
It’s no secret that everyone needs a good night’s sleep. The problem for most is getting to sleep, with so many distractions and issues in today’s world it can be hard for our brains to shut down long enough to hit that REM cycle. So, why get up early? We all know we need sleep but the most productive and creative part of our morning is in the morning! Not at noon when we decide to roll out of bed like we did as teenagers.
Still if the idea of staying in till noon is something that sounds good well into your twenties think of the advantages you will have waking up early.
Say you wake up at 8:00am every morning right now. That’s pretty good, but what would happen if you woke up an hour early? That’s seven extra hours a week, thirty a month and three hundred and sixty five a year. Now, imagine you woke up three hours earlier … no need to grab your calculator, that’s 1095 EXTRA hours a year. Imagine what you could do with that time? They say time is money, with that extra time you could start that novel you keep talking about, or create a blog, catch up on that exercising you keep saying you’re going to do.
Those couple of hours a week could change your life! So what’s stopping you? Just you! And hey, it doesn’t always have to be about work … why not take those extra hours just for yourself? Watch the sunrise, watch a movie you can’t watch with the kids, or simply get up and enjoy the quiet and solitude of the early morning.
Let’s get this sleep thing under control so tomorrow morning you can start your day bright and early and see what you can accomplish.
A good night’s sleep really does require a good routine throughout the day. This includes eating right, exercise and taking care of yourself.
Are you ready for that?
Nightly Routine – Try to stick to a regular nightly routine. Turn off the electronics at least two hours before you head to bed, you need to allow yourself to wind down. I try to read a book at night while cuddled up warm in my bed (or bath tub). Have a shower or meditate, any exercise is good as long as it is preparing your body for rest.
The rule for me here is pretty simple. When I’m tired I go to sleep, whether it’s nine or eleven at night.
This is important, I’ve found if I try to force I end up tossing and turning all night. I also find that if I am laying awake thinking about things over and over I need to get up and write down my thoughts. Whether those are to do’s I need to get done the next day or a new novel idea as soon as I write it down I no longer need to worry about forgetting it and fall asleep.
Morning Routine – Just like at night you want to have a good morning routine. As soon as you wake up, make the bed this way you won’t be tempted to crawl back in. Brush your teeth, wash your face, dance around and sing whatever it is you need to do to get your day started.
The important thing here is to make sure you wake up when the alarm goes off, don’t hit snooze, don’t get back in bed, get excited about your morning and get up!
I make a rule to wake up at the same time every morning no matter what time I went to bed the night before, of course when you’re sick sometimes you need that extra time (as I did this morning).
I can hear you on the other side of the computer, “But Alisha, I’d tried this, it doesn’t work.”
Not everyone can just wake up at 5:00am right away. Why not try gradually getting up ten minutes earlier every day? Soon enough you will reach your goal and since it’s a gradual change your body will be able to handle it easier.
Do a trial term … remember … 30 Day Free Trial … Don’t make this a life change, try it out for 30 days and keep track of how it goes. Write down something you have always wanted to do but always said you never had the time, then in those extra hours do it! Make note of how much you get accomplished, I guarantee you, at the end of that 30 Day Trial you will be so excited about everything you accomplished you won’t want to go back.
Make things easier on yourself…
Don’t drink or eat caffeine before bed, at least a few hours. In fact why not try cutting it out completely for the whole month as well, see if it changes your experience. I know I enjoy my cup of coffee in the morning, and nothing wakes me up more than the smell of a fresh brewed pot of coffee in the morning!
Lay out your clothing the night before to get ready for the next morning. Get fully dressed as soon as you wake up, and put on some make up (or shave) really face the day with a fresh you.
Keep your alarm clock away from the bed. Don’t have it right next to you so you can hit the snooze, put it on the other side of the bed so you have to get out in order to turn it off.
Don’t use the generic BEEP of the alarm clock to wake up. Instead use the radio option and set it to a station you like. The music will make you want to get up and dance making a nicer start to your morning than that evil BEEEEEP!
Meditate or do yoga in the morning, it’s a great way to get your creativity flowing!
Stretch it out! As soon as I wake up, before I even make my bed I do a good deal of stretching and let me tell you, it feels SO good!
If you didn’t finish everything you wanted to during your day, write it down on a to do list for the next day … and then let it go!
Likewise, when you look at your to do list for the day (whether you physically have one or not) do the item you don’t want to do first, don’t save it till the end. When you do the rest of the day will be a breeze and you won’t go to bed worrying about having to do it the next day.
Everyone is different and not every technique will work for you. The goal here is to WANT to wake up early and only you can make that an exciting event. Use the tips I have given you above, take what you want and leave the rest but getting up early is definitely a trial that I am still going with and is definitely one I think everyone should try!