Getting to sleep late is easy for a lot of us. But waking up early in the morning? Now, that’s a whole other story. Do you want to learn how to wake up early so you can finally start the jogging routine, new book, or morning meditations you’ve been fantasising about? Then now’s the time. We’ve got some handy tips for rising early below, and we’re assuming you’ve got the caffeine to get you over the hump? If so, let’s go! (For more sleep-related tips and tricks, sign up to our monthly newsletter.)
Teach yourself how to wake up early with these 4 tips:
1. Head out of the bedroom
One of the biggest enemies of getting up in the morning? The fact that your comfy bed is right there, still warm and cosy from your body heat. The temptation of getting back into bed may be too great to keep you up, so what’s the solution? Get out of your bedroom. Yes, as soon as you rise in the early morning, get up, get out, and shake it off! Go and put on the kettle, brush your teeth, or put on some music. You need to get active and away from those sneaky sheets so that you don’t feel that overwhelming urge to jump right back in.
2. Reward yourself for getting up early
A great way to get up and at ’em? Give yourself a prize for doing so. For example, you can make a warm cup of coffee or hot chocolate for yourself, and sit on the couch with a book. The key to making this tip work for you is to find something that you enjoy that will be enough motivation for you to want to get out of bed. And it can be anything, really. Even having a tasty breakfast waiting can sometimes be enough to make you want to get up early.
3. Relish the extra time you’ve gained
If you’re learning how to wake up early, here’s a takeaway point that’ll help you get the habit to stick: make the extra time you’re gaining count. This will make the effort of getting up at the crack of dawn worthwhile. Plan to do something useful during this time, so that you can achieve something of significance.
Doing morning stretches, or going for a run is a great way to start the day, as you are beginning the day with a positive, healthy activity. Alternatively, you can use this time to plan your day, and make schedules for the rest of your family so that you are all on the same page with lifts and times. You can also use this time to do a hobby like sewing, or fun mental exercises like the daily crossword and sudoku. It’s amazing to see how much you can achieve with a little extra time on your hands, so be sure to put it to good use!
4. Watch the sun rise
There is something so fulfilling and peaceful about watching the sun rise. The sight of dancing colours in the sky is a reward for waking early in itself. You may discover that dawn is your favourite time of day, and greet each new day as it emerges, not by obligation, but by choice. And wouldn’t that be a beautiful way to go to sleep at night? Dreaming of the next awe-inspiring sunrise.
Morning glories, every morning
Learning how to wake up early is an empowering first step to transforming your sleeping patterns for the better. Are you ready to make a change and seize the day?
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