Waking up early every day gives you the time you need to build a successful foundation for the day. It gives you time to eat breakfast. You can prepare for work without rushing. It gives you time to work out problems, get some exercise in during the day, and stabilize your mood.
If you’re not used to waking up early, it can be difficult to get into the habit of doing so. Here are some tricks that will help to start this process.
1) Drink Some Water.
Once your alarm goes off, drink a full glass of water. It will help you to feel more alert without the eventual crash that a cup of coffee will cause. If you’re used to drinking coffee right away, try switching to decaf.
2) Put the Phone Away.
Stop checking your phone about an hour before bedtime. Checking your email or browsing social media right before bed is known to stimulate the mind, which makes it more difficult to fall asleep at night.
3) Get Up with the Sun.
Waking up early is easier when the body’s circadian rhythm is in sync with nature. Get up when the sun rises by leaving your curtains or blinds open. If you don’t have a window, try using a sunrise alarm clock to simulate this experience.
4) Eat Apples.
Eating an apple for breakfast will give your body a quick dose of glucose and sucrose. Those natural sugars will give you some energy in a healthier way than a big dose of B vitamins or caffeine will.
5) Exercise Early.
Before you eat your breakfast, try to get some exercise. Morning exercise burns up to 20% more fat. The endorphins it generates will help you to feel better. About 20 minutes of exercise can even help to reset your internal clock if it is off.
6) Work into It.
If you struggle to get up early, then work your way toward it slowly. Set your alarm 5 minutes earlier than normal in the first week. Then set it back another 5 minutes in Week 2. After a month goes by, you’ll be getting up 20 minutes earlier.
Hitting the snooze button can make you feel worse instead of better. If you’re still struggling with an earlier wake-up, try placing your alarm clock across the room. You’ll be forced to get up to shut it off. Then you can use these ideas to jump-start your day.