One important habit that many successful people all have in common is that they get up earlier in the morning than the general population. Early risers tend to be more active and goal oriented, they feel more in charge, and they’re more proactive. Many people find that when they defeat that urge to stay in bed, they have a sense of success, and their day starts on a high note. Getting up earlier means that you don’t have to rush around to get to work on time, and that you have time to spend on activities you wouldn’t normally have time for. You’ll have more time to plan your day out, and you won’t be as distracted during the day. There are definitely people who function better at night, but if you want to be more productive in the morning, here are some ways to achieve that.
Don’t go to bed until you’re tired, but make sure you wake up at the same time every day. If you find yourself getting tired, don’t stay up because you think it’s too early, or let yourself get sucked into binge-watching a show. On the other hand, if you’re not tired, don’t go to sleep yet. There’s no point in lying awake tossing and turning when you could be doing something else. It’ll just make you frustrated with yourself. If you wake up at the same time every day, regardless of when you go to sleep, your body will get used to a certain sleep schedule, and even out.
It’s typical to hear that you should be getting 8 hours of sleep a night, but that might actually be detrimental to your sleep pattern. Your sleep cycle is actually comprised of 90-minute intervals, so when you set your alarm for 8 hours, you’re actually waking yourself up in the middle of your sleep cycle, which is why so many people are so groggy in the morning. Shoot for 6, 7.5, or 9 hours so that you don’t wake up in the middle of your sleep cycle.
Drinking a glass of water before you go to bed can help wake you up quicker in the morning. You’ll immediately have to head to the bathroom and start your routine. Also, after you drink your glass of water at night, fill it up again and drink another glass first thing in the morning. Water in the morning will kick start your metabolism and get you up and running.
Light, specifically sunlight, is one of the most helpful ways to get your body to wake up. Make sure that your curtains or blinds let at least some light in. If you’re uncomfortable with that, or you need to wake up before the sun is up, invest in some sort of time for your lamp so that it will turn on at a specific time. There are even alarm clocks that have lamps that gradually increase the light in the room to simulate the sun rising.
Moving your alarm clock away from your bed will help you wake up, too. If you have to actually get out of bed to turn it off, you’re less likely to hit snooze and stay in bed. Setting it to a loud and/or annoying sound; once you’re up, make a beeline for the first task to start your morning routine. Starting your routine immediately will help you wake up and stay awake. If you drink coffee, invest in a percolator with an automatic timer; having something to look forward to will help you to leave your room instead of crawling back into bed. Also, don’t bother with the snooze button! That “10 more minutes” always turns into another hour and a half, and you’ve put yourself behind. If you know for a fact you’re going to keep hitting the snooze button, find an alternate way to wake yourself up.
Going to bed a bit earlier can help you not feel quite as bad in the morning when you’re starting out. If you find yourself slipping and you live with family or roommates, enlist them to help you get out of bed. Having someone ready to give you the push you need can help you establish a routine. Experiment with some of these tips and tricks, and figure out what works for you.