Have you always wanted to wake up early but never do? Have you set your alarm for 5am but turned it off to go back to sleep? You’re not alone. Many people decide they want to wake up early but don’t know how to successfully do it.
There are loads of benefits of waking up early and the reasons why people get up early differs between people!
I mentioned in my productive morning routine post that I don’t think you have to wake up early to have a successful morning routine. I love to wake up early because it makes me more productive and happier!
If you would like to wake up early even if you’re not a morning person, keep reading…
Know Why You Want To Wake Up Early
As with most new habits, you need to know why you are doing it. This will help keep you motivated to keep going! There are lots of reasons why you might want to wake up earlier such as for your physical or mental health!
Plan The Night Before
If you wake up without a plan, chances are, you’ll just turn over and fall back to sleep! It is important to plan the night before so that when you wake up, you know exactly what you want to do.
You don’t need to have an extremely detailed plan at first but knowing the first thing you want to do will help. This will become the trigger for the rest of your morning routine!
Have a Routine
Okay, I know I just said you don’t need to have an extremely detailed plan BUT having a routine you do every morning will help!
If you need help with creating your morning routine, check out the post where I share my 5 simple steps to creating the perfect morning routine!
Go To Bed Early
You cant expect to wake up earlier if you are going to bed super late. Most people need around 8 hours sleep but this changes between people.
If you know you need 8 hours of sleep and you want to wake up at 6am, don’t go to sleep at 12am!
Going to bed early may be hard at first, especially if you are used to staying up late, but it will get easier I promise.
Go Cold Turkey
I have seen some articles recommending that you gradually move back your wake up time but I actually disagree!
I think it is better to start setting your alarm at the time you want to get up once you’ve decided to do it! Yes, you might be tired at first but hear me out. If you are tired for the first few days, it will mean you start going to bed earlier which in turn, helps you get up earlier.
It also means your body can get used to waking up at one specific time instead of multiple. If you are making a drastic change i.e. going from waking up at 11am to 6am, it might be a good idea to gradually do it.
I am a ‘cold turkey’ kinda gal, so I would just go straight to 6am if that was me! But do what you think is best for you, of course.
Move Your Alarm
If you really need help getting out of bed, you might want to consider moving your alarm across the room so that you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
You will be less likely to get back into bed once you’ve gotten out of it. You could also download an app such as Alarmy which requires you to take a picture of something in your house or do a maths puzzle to turn off the alarm.
Use The 5 Second Rule
You may have heard Mel Robbins 5 Second Rule book but if not I will summarise it for you. Basically Mel Robbins says that before you do anything that takes a lot of effort (like getting out of bed), count down from 5 to 1 and then do it.
It sounds a little silly at first but the counting stops any contradictory thoughts popping into your head! I would 100% recommend trying this – it’s not just a gimmick…
Make Your Bed
I don’t know about you but making my bed makes me feel put together and like I am ready for the day!
You are also less likely to get back into your bed if you’ve spent time making it look good.
Try to do it immediately after getting out so that you don’t just jump back in!
Whether its a strong coffee or a huge glass of cold water, hydrating first thing can help wake you up! After a night without hydration, your body is craving a drink – give it what it needs!
Probably the most important thing is to be consistent. It takes time to make waking up early a habit. It won’t be easy at first but I promise it gets easier! You will get used to the early nights and early mornings.
I recommend waking up at the same time on the weekends if you can but it’s not the end of the world if you don’t! After you realise the positive impacts that waking up early has on your life, you will see how worth it is!
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I hope this post inspires you to give waking up early a try! I hope these tips help you wake up early with ease! What time do you wake up? What time would you like to wake up? Let me know in the comments!
Thank you for reading,