7 Simple Ways to Wake up Earlier
April 05, 2018
If you’ve been feeling like there isn’t enough time in the day to get all your “to-dos” checked, start by adding more hours to your day. Getting up earlier may seem unrealistic, especially if you already feel rushed in the mornings, but we’ve got some hacks that’ll help you find your inner early bird.
- Sarah Bossenbroek
1. Adopt the right mindset.To become a morning person, you have to think like a morning person. Don’t label yourself as someone who likes to sleep in, and instead think of yourself as someone who gets up early. You can repeat a simple mantra or visualize yourself getting up early and enjoying some time to yourself.
2. Start with small changes.If you’re barely getting out of bed by 7:30, it’ll be much harder to magically start waking up at 5 a.m. Start with waking up 5 minutes earlier, then 10 the next day, then 15 the day after that. If you’re struggling with getting up 15-20 minutes earlier, slow down and just get up one minute earlier per day for a bit, until it starts to feel easier again. Then, try 5-minute increments again until you reach your goal.
3. Create an early-morning activity that you can’t wait to get up for.If you have trouble making it to your favorite exercise class during the day, find versions you can do at home on YouTube or Amazon, create a playlist of your favorite tunes, and make that your exercise time. Or, if you love reading but find that you’re too tired to turn more than a couple of pages at night, get out of bed, grab some coffee, and settle someplace comfortable besides your bed for some reading time.
4. Get an early morning buddy for some accountability.It can be someone that you just text or check in with to let them know you’re up, or it can be someone you meet in person for coffee or a walk. You can also make a phone date with a friend living in a faraway time zone to get you up early. Some personal time for socializing (hopefully with some dopamine-boosting laughter involved) will get you smiling before breakfast.
5. Remove the barriers.If you’re hitting snooze on your alarm, move it across the room so you have to get up to turn it off. If you had trouble getting up because it was too cold in your room, put a robe and slippers right next to your bed.
6. Start off at a brisk pace.If you set up a routine for yourself, make it a challenge to see how quickly you can move through it. Once you’ve accomplished that, keep the momentum going.
7. Reward yourself with an afternoon nap.If you managed to get up earlier in the morning and are slowing down after lunch, take a very short nap if you’re able. A nap doesn’t need to be long to be refreshing, so even 10 to 20 minutes (coupled with a good sleep mask) can do wonders.
- Sarah Bossenbroek