…big always starts small
Waking up early and starting the day with an intentional and productive morning routine has the power to completely transform your life. But getting up early enough to make time for said routine can be a challenge. Our mornings lay the foundation for the rest of our day. If we start calm and centered, we’re able to handle the curve balls that get thrown our way with much greater finesse.
Let’s dive into my absolute favorite routine for waking up early!
What do you do in the evening before going to bed?
You can greatly influence your success at becoming an early riser with the activities you do (and what you choose not to do) in the hours before going to bed. Therefore, making the transition to an early riser takes a good plan and a lot of preparation.
There are certain activities that can positively influence the quality of your sleep and can help you to wake up feeling rested. At the same time, there are many other activities that reduce your sleep’s quality. It is, therefore, important to engage in beneficial activities that increase your quality of sleep while simultaneously eliminating negative influences.
Instead of spending hours in front of the TV or computer before you go to bed, give yourself time to unwind and relax. It’s much better to end the day by reading a great book and meditating than activities that make it really difficult to find peace of mind. At the same time, it is important not to exercise at least three hours before going to bed.
What do you eat in the evening?
Most people underestimate the great influence what we eat has on how we sleep. As a result, numerous people feel terrible when having to wake up early morning because they eat mindlessly.
Best to avoid these kinds of foods at night
Avoid caffeine, alcohol, and sugar. Make sure to avoid caffeine at least six hours before you go to bed. Also, avoid less obvious sources of caffeine such as tea, or dark chocolate. Eating heavily spiced foods has been linked to having problems falling asleep. Also, Try your best to reduce your fluid intake in the evening. There’s no benefit in smoking so avoid it altogether! Not only does a diet that is high in fat lead to daytime sleepiness but it can also be responsible for interrupted sleep.
So, here’s what’s more ideal
Drinking milk before bedtime as it contains an amino acid, which scientists believe has sleep-inducing effects. Eating carbohydrates such as vegetables and can also improve your sleep if eaten some hours before going to bed. And having a light and healthy snack shortly before going to bed can help you to prevent feeling hungry during the night.
Discover your purpose. What makes you jump out of bed each morning?
It’s incredibly difficult to get up in the morning when there’s nothing about your upcoming day to be excited about. At the same time, I’ve personally experienced how powerful it can be to work on a big project that excites you. The key to waking up early is to find something that energizes and excites you to such an extent that sleeping for too long seems like a total waste of time. Once you’ve found something that literally makes you jump out of bed, you know you’re onto something.
Sleep in complete darkness
This piece of advice may sound insignificant but trust me, it makes all the difference. When going to bed, make sure that there is not the slightest bit of light in the room. Even the tiniest lighting, for instance from electrical devices, can disrupt your body’s melatonin production, which can severely interfere with your sleep.
Consistency is key. Keep a regular sleep schedule
By trial and error, you will eventually find out how much sleep you need. Even more importantly, it will help you to establish a balanced sleeping routine.
When it comes to waking up early, following a regular sleep schedule – even on weekends – is key. Following a fixed pattern for going to bed and getting up in the morning helps you to maintain the timing of your body’s internal clock. At the same time, keeping a regular sleeping pattern allows you to make more use of your sleeping time. This is because it will aid you in better falling asleep and more easily waking up.
Don’t be a snoozer
One essential obstacle that makes it incredibly difficult to get up early is to remain lying in your comfortable bed once you’ve turned the alarm off. This is what most of us are used to do but it is usually what makes it tremendously difficult to get up early. That’s because instead of getting up, you start overthinking, which may lead you to rationalize that you should continue sleeping “just for another minute or so.”
Move electrical devices away from your head
As a general rule of thumb, keep all electrical devices as far away from your head as possible. This can make a great difference.
Establish a beneficial bedtime routine
As previously addressed on how-well-do-you-know-your-sleep-rhythm/, it’s of the greatest importance to develop a routine of beneficial activities that you engage in shortly before going to bed. Doing so will help you to prepare yourself for bed while simultaneously winding off. One such activity could be meditation, another activity could be reading or listening to soft music. Do whatever helps you to relax.
Conquering early mornings are well worth it.
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