If you want to start waking up earlier every morning at maybe 4AM or 5AM, you’re going to need to install some new habits.
Like anything that involves change, this is going to be hard, and it’s more than likely going to take you a few days to start feeling good about getting up earlier than you’re used to. It might even take a few weeks.
How To Become An Early Riser
Here’s a few tips to help you become an early rise:
1. Set the Intention The Night Before
When you’re getting ready to go to sleep, commit to waking up at your new time of 5AM for example.
Actually say it out loud.
When the alarm goes off the next morning, you’re going to have to wrestle with the decision of whether or not you’re going to just turn off that alarm and roll over and go back to sleep or push through and wake up.
Making that decision to push through the night before can really make a difference.
You’re acknowledging that it’s going to be hard and uncomfortable in the morning, but you’ve committed to it.
2. Keep Your Alarm Across The Room
If you use your phone as your alarm, and its sitting on your nightstand when it goes off, it’s so easy to turn off that alarm when you’re half asleep.
But if you leave your phone or your alarm clock on the other side of the room, and you have to get out of bed and walk over to it to turn it off, you’re already awake.
The chances are pretty good that you’re going to stay awake.
You’ve eliminated that awful decision of whether or not to blindly turn off the alarm and go back to sleep or to keep hitting snooze.
3. Take It Slow
A lot of people who want to make a change and start getting up earlier, go from waking up at 7AM to setting their alarm for 5AM.
That’s too big of a jump for most people.
Starting slow can give you the confidence to keep going.
Set you alarm just ten or fifteen minutes earlier tomorrow. So instead of waking up at 7AM, go for 6:45AM tomorrow. You can stick with that time for a week and let your body get used to that new time, or you can keep setting your alarm for fifteen minutes earlier each day:
This is definitely the harder option, but if you want to make a change fast this is the best way to do it. It’s still gradual and in a week or two, you’ll be getting up at the time you want to.
4. Be Consistent
If you want to wake up earlier, you have to be consistent with both your bedtime and your wake up time.
Figure out what time you need to go to sleep if you want to have seven hours or eight hours of sleep and still get up at your new wake up time.
If you want to get up at 5AM, you should be asleep by 9PM or 10PM.
5. Go To Bed Earlier
This is the hardest part for a lot of people. We want to get up earlier without infringing on our Netflix time, but it’s not sustainable.
If you’re used to staying up until midnight and getting up at 7AM, you’ll need to find ways to get to bed earlier if you’re planning on waking up at 5AM.
Set an alarm at 9PM reminding you to get ready to go to sleep. Give yourself at least 30 minutes, maybe even an hour, to unwind.
Ideally, you wouldn’t be on any electronic devices after that point.
You could get into bed at 9:15PM and read a book for 30 minutes, giving yourself 15 minutes to fall asleep.
This new schedule might not work with your friends and family, but if you want to make that change, you’ll have to get them on board.
Working out during the day, whether that’s going to the gym or going for a run, will help you fall asleep at night.
When you’ve given your body a work out earlier in the day, you might even want to go to bed early.
Exercising in the morning will also shake away that groggy feeling you’re probably going to have until you’re used to waking up early.
Getting up early is not easy for most people, but you have to push through that resistance if you want to change your life.
Becoming an early riser will give you more time to work on yourself and work on your goals.
Challenge yourself to a week of getting up early and see how it goes.