The dawn chorus of birds chirping, the cool breeze on your skin, and the soft light of sunrise. Sounds beautiful, doesn’t it?
Many people want to wake up earlier, taking advantage of the extra hours to make the most of the day. Maybe you’ve imagined becoming an early riser too but been led astray by the temptations of the snooze button.
If you're not an early riser but would like to be, there are plenty of ways you get into a morning routine that works for you and helps you get up when you want to.
But here’s the reality of it. You’re not going to become an early riser overnight. It takes time and effort to adjust your sleep schedule. You’ll have to establish new routines and get used to going to bed earlier. While it may be a lot of effort, the rewards are worth it. Here’s how to become the early bird that gets the worm.
Make gradual adjustments
Your habits won’t change overnight. Expecting them to will put unneeded pressure on you, increasing your chance of failure. Instead, make small adjustments to your sleep schedule. Start by setting your alarm just 15 minutes earlier. Then gradually move it back another 15 minutes each day until you can wake up when you hoped to. This will give your body time to adjust to the new schedule. Otherwise, you might just wake up and feel tired and unmotivated.
Make bedtime relaxing
The easiest way to get up earlier is by going to bed earlier. But, without a routine, that might be easier said than done. If you want to go to bed earlier, create a relaxing bedtime routine. Try taking a warm bath, reading a book, or meditation. Avoid using your phone or watching TV for at least an hour before bedtime.
Create the ideal bedroom
Your bedroom can have a big impact on the quality of your sleep. Your bedroom should be cool, dark, and quiet. A comfortable mattress and pillows will not just help you fall asleep faster but get better sleep as well.
Get moving in the morning
Getting up early can be tough, but it can be made easier if you have something to look forward to in the morning. Try incorporating some form of exercise into your morning routine, whether it's a quick yoga session, a brisk walk, or a more intense workout. Not only will this help wake you up and get you energized for the day ahead, but it can also help regulate your sleep-wake cycle.
Stick to a sleep schedule
Once you’re waking up at the ideal time, it's vital that you stick to it. This will make it much easier to wake up naturally without an alarm clock.
While it may not be easy at first, you really can become an early riser by following these simple tips. If you are still struggling, consult with your doctor or a sleep expert to find the root problems.