How to Wake Up Earlier in the Morning

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There may be many reasons why you want to wake up earlier. 
  1. You’re a not a morning person but need to be for work. 
  2. You love that feeling of getting stuff done while everyone else is still asleep. 
  3. Or you need some extra time to exercise before work. 
Whatever the reason or your current routine, it is possible to change things.

Getting to bed earlier is one easy way to wake up earlier in the morning. 

You already know that. 

This way, you can still get a full 7 or 8 hours of healthy rest each night. Then wake up refreshed and energetic in the early morning hours.

an alarm clock on a dresser

Another trick for getting up earlier, and staying up, is to place a noisy alarm clock across the room from your bed. Set the alarm for whatever early morning hours you desire to rise. Then you have to get out of bed, orientate yourself, and walk across the room. This gives you a better chance at staying up rather than crawling back under your cozy covers.

Some people have reset their mental morning clock by taking gradual steps. If you want to get up 1 hour earlier in the morning, set your alarm 15 minutes earlier tomorrow. Move that to 30 minutes earlier for waking up the following week. Then you can build up to the desired 60 minute earlier rising time.

Your internal clock tends to stay awake when it is light outside and to sleep when it is dark. Use this biological fact to your advantage. You can buy an inexpensive electric timer at a home improvement store. Then you can attach it to several bright lights that make it impossible to stay asleep once your alarm goes off.

Reinforce in your mind exactly why you are getting up early. Make your reason is big and important. Then reminding yourself of it every morning could be enough to do the trick.

Peer pressure is another way to make sure you arise before anyone else. You want to get up earlier so you can be the first one in the office or at your workplace. If this is the case, that fact could provide the motivation to get your lazy rear end out of bed. Since your alarm clock is screaming at you at a very early hour.

Studies show that exercising in the morning leads to better sleep patterns late at night. Your morning routine could include 30 to 60 minutes of exercise. This not only promotes good health and energy in the morning. But it can help make you feel tired enough at the end of a long day that sleep comes easy and early.

If none of the above tricks work, you could try melatonin. Your body creates this chemical to help you sleep. Begin with a low dose, 0.5 to 1.0 milligrams each night. You may have to take your melatonin supplement 5 to 6 hours before bedtime. It may take a few days in a row before you notice any change in your sleeping habits.

Take care and be well,
Tommy Douglas

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