“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom.”
Waking up early in every morning is one of the best gifts I can give to myself. I wake up before 5 a.m. every day and I love it! I feel so grateful have the extra 1 hour before the daily life starts.
- Waking up early will give you the time you needed to do the important tasks you were not having time to do all day. [You will start having time instead of excuses for exercise/jog/morning walk, read a book, write journal etc.]
- Morning is more peaceful and distraction free than any other time of the day. You will have a better focus to think, read or for doing creative things.
- Morning will give you the opportunity to attain sunrise every day (which is the best thing, if you have any doubt just attain one sunrise!)
How to start?
Waking up early is really easy if you decide to do so. Like all other habits, it takes some time to install in your daily system. Here’s a simple trick to keep in mind:
Don’t push yourself too much. If you have a habit of waking up at 7 a.m. and want to wake up 2 hours earlier don’t do it suddenly. At first, try 6.45 a.m. and as you get adopted push further 15 minutes next time.
Plan the night before:
A good sleep is deserved for everyone. We need 7-8 hours of sleep daily, so make sure your body gets enough sleep (but not too much). Every night before you go to sleep:
- Make sure you are not taking any negative thoughts in the bed. If you have an unfinished task, make sure it does not bother you to sleep. Either finish it or schedule it.
- Don’t go to bed on full or empty stomach. Eat 2 hours before sleeping.
- Don’t sleep in a cluttered room, make sure you have your room is clean and everything is in right places otherwise, you’ll feel frustrated next morning.
- Try doing some cardio workout before going to bed, it will increase the quality of your sleep.
- Go to bed early. Don’t make or keep the habit of watching TV, using computer or mobile before going to sleep.
How to stop snoozing?
Snoozing your alarm every morning is a big problem. The automatic reaction to snoozing alarm every morning creates trouble and regret throughout the day. Try these to avoiding snoozing:
- Put your alarm far from your bed where you have to move your body to turn it off.
- Break the pattern of snoozing the alarm. Remember Pavlov’s experiment with a dog. Do yourself a classical conditioning to the sound of the alarm. I did it to myself, here’s how:
Start conditioning yourself: Set a one minute alarm and pretend to fall asleep. As the alarm goes off throw yourself up from the bed and get into an excited state (Start jumping, move your body, yell in joy etc.). At first, it will feel weird but “Hey! You’re learning something new! Get curious, take action.” Repeat this few more times (10-15) until start enjoying it. And based on my experience you will wake up excited next days of your life.
Why it happens: Every decision we make is based on either pain or pleasure. Before the habit of snoozing alarm was an act to get pleasure, a pleasure to stay in bed and relax a little more. It was a reaction of your brain when it heard the sound of the alarm. We needed to hack our brain to condition it with a greater pleasure, feeling excited for the day. Repeating the act changed the neuro-associations of our brain. You can try it for changing other habits.
How to deal with feeling sleepy?
Feeling tired or sleepy is another thing to deal with after waking up. There are some reasons that make us feel that way:
- Last night’s meal: If you go to bed on a full stomach you body will consume lots of energy through all night to digest the food, which means you won’t get any rest and you will feel tired after you wake up. If you go to bed on an empty stomach your body won’t let you sleep and without sleep, you obviously feel tired in the morning.
- Incomplete sleep: If you wake up before your body is recharged you will feel like a zombie all the morning. So, make sure to have a quality amount of sleep every day.
- Dark room: If your room is dark in the early morning it may cause you to feel sleepy. Try going out in daylight as soon as you wake up.
First things in the morning:
After you wake up your body needs some fundamental things to reach the peak stake to be more productive.
- Hydrate: Your body spends 7-8 hours without any water intake while sleeping. That causes the body to dehydrate. to gain the balance in your body drinking 900 ml to 1-liter water every morning is the best choice.
- Stretch: Most of the muscles get stiff due to the lack of movement during sleep. Doing some yoga/ some little stretching relaxes your muscles for better mobility.
- Cardio: Doing some basic cardio exercises like jumping jacks, mountain climbers and even jump ropes for 1 minute will take your heart and lungs to a peak state which will improve your immunity and you will feel more energetic.
- Review your to-do list: Take out your journal and grab some green tea. Start the morning with the top priority task for the day. Do not turn on your computer or use social media in the first hour.
- Protein intake: Take a handful of nuts and peas(or anything with protein in it) to give your body some calorie to prepare for the upcoming day!
Most of the successful people wake up earlier in the morning. 6 a.m. is good but 5 a.m. is better to wake up and have time for yourself. If you are not an early riser I will encourage you to give yourself this special gift every morning.
I hope this post was helpful for you, Let me know what you think about it. If you have any questions let me know them in the comment section, I will be glad to answer you.