I’m going to get a bit ‘science’ on you but try to read through all of it. This stuff does really work!
So your body naturally produces a hormone called melatonin when we’re in a dark environment. This is a signal that makes you tired so that you’re ready to go to sleep.
What you want to do is get sunlight as early as possible after waking up so that your body ceases to produce melatonin early on.
Now, sunlight stimulates the production of another hormone called serotonin, which is good at providing energy.
You want to be exposed to light early on so that your body can switch from producing melatonin (the stuff that makes you sleepy) to serotonin (the stuff that makes you energized).
The problem with this is that most of us live in places where we don’t get much light.
The Solution of How to Wake up Early?
The solution is to use something called a wake-up light. This handy item is similar to an alarm but much less annoying. It emulates sunlight by slowly increasing the light until your room is fully bright.
This then stimulates the serotonin hormone secretion (the stuff that gives you energy), and immediately stops your body from producing melatonin.
MORE TIPS TO WAKE UP EARLY
1. It’s bedtime
You don’t have to be the brightest crayon in the box to figure this one out. If you get enough sleep at night, you’re probably going to wake up rested. You should sleep for at least 8 hours.
It’s usually considered that you shouldn’t be sleeping more than 12. However, if truly rested, your body won’t want to go back to sleep unless you force sleep upon yourself.
2. A calculator can help!
Math equation coming up, so get ready.
The number of minutes you sleep should be divisible by 90. You see, a regular sleep cycle of a human lasts about 90 minutes, so basically an hour and a half.
It varies for every person so you might want to experiment what time is the best for you, more or less.
For example if you want to wake up at 9AM, you should probably go to sleep a few minutes before midnight. 9 hours of sleep means 6 full sleep cycles and if you wake up exactly when one ends, you’re most likely going to feel rested.
Yes it’s a bit complicated but if you get the hang of it, you’ll be waking up with no trouble.
3. Move the alarm!
When you set your alarm clock, be sure to place it somewhere that’ll make you actually get out of bed in order to turn it off.
When you place your alarm close, you’re probably going to automatically hit the snooze button and go back to sleep.
You’ve most likely found yourself looking for your phone or alarm clock all around the bed several hours after it was supposed to wake you up.
4. An alarm should sing a different song!
Standard alarm clocks usually play the same sound. Unless it’s really loud, if it plays the same tune every time, your body will eventually learn to ignore it.
If you set your alarms on a phone or computer, you should change the alarm sound every few days, or when you find that they aren’t really getting the job done.
5. Get help!
If you think you might not be able to wake up in time, ask someone to help you. If you’re not living alone that is.
You’ll most definitely be awake because they can always splash a bucket of water in your face if necessary.
6. Don’t mess up your sleep schedule!
Sleeping in on the weekends is okay, and sometimes going late to bed isn’t that big of a deal either, just don’t make a habit of it.
If you spend too many days going to bed in the morning and waking up in the evening, it’s going to be quite frustrating to get back to a regular sleeping schedule.
Your body clock will switch days with nights. It’s silly sometimes how a body works automatically even though we’re supposed to be controlling it.
7. You snooze you lose, so don’t snooze!
Avoid hitting the snooze button.
Try motivating yourself so you get up at the first sound of the alarm. You might want to try something that’ll really get your juices flowing.
Perhaps a favorite show, or a game. Something that would be really worth getting out of bed for.
8. If you beat the alarm clock, get up!
Don’t take it literally.
If you wake up a few minutes before the alarm clock rings, it’s time to get up. Your body has probably gotten used to waking up around that time so you should use that chance to learn how to wake up in time without an alarm clock.
If you try to sleep for a couple of minutes more, you’ll feel drowsy again and when the alarm sounds, well then you’ll really want to smash it.
9. Don’t turn off the alarm
Who says alarm has to be an annoying sound?
Pick a nice song that puts you in a mood to dance, and set it as your alarm clock. It won’t annoy you and it won’t let you fall asleep, so eventually you’re going to get into the beat.
The trick is finding that one song…
10. Let the sun inside
Assuming you have to wake up after the sun has come up, you should have your curtains open. This is another one of those things your body does without your permission.
11. Have a drink!
When you’re sleeping, there’s a lot of stuff going on in your mouth, scientifically speaking of course.
You probably experienced morning breath every time you woke up after a good night sleep. You’ll probably welcome a nice glass of water or some other drink when you wake up, so keep one nearby.
Aside from satisfying your thirst, a drink will cause your body to wake up and get to work. If water doesn’t satisfy your need you can always get coffee or tea.
Setup your coffee maker before you go to bed so you can start making coffee right away.
12. Don’t eat before bed
Is eating food before bed, damaging to your sleep?
To be honest, we’ve all heard this but I am slightly skeptical. Whenever I eat a ton junk food, it puts me to sleep immediately.
However, this is a general suggestion for your health, not just for waking up. Digesting food isn’t a simple process so you want to leave your body working after you’ve had a big meal.
Going to bed slows down your body functions and that makes digestion even more difficult.
If you go to bed right after you eat, you’ll probably wake up hungry. It’s quite strange isn’t it?
The body will keep pumping insulin that is needed for digestion of sugars, not knowing when to stop.
Just wait an hour or two after you’ve eaten before going to bed to be safe.
13. Annihilate your bed!
How can a bed you’ve been sleeping on for the past few years be the problem?
Well, just because it hasn’t fallen apart yet doesn’t mean it’s perfect. Or maybe it’s the pillow?
Experiment a bit; change where you sleep.
Try placing a light mattress on the floor and sleep on that for a few days. Sometimes sleeping on the floor can be far more comfortable than a bed. It’s also good for your posture.
14. If you know you’ll snooze, prepare for it!
Sometimes we snooze 5 times but after the 5th time we actually get up. Set your alarm a bit earlier if you know you’ll snooze.
15. Something you keep forgetting
Picture this. A world where you can do whatever you want. You want a wall destroyed? Done. It explodes in a fraction of a second.
You want to fly while shooting fire from your fingertips? Be my guest.
As a matter of fact you’ve done these things many times, but you don’t remember.
Why? Because your mind discarded them as junk. Your dreams are not important once they’re over.
Every time you sleep, you dream. The memories are still there, for the first few minutes in the morning. As soon as you get up from bed they start to fade.
Start writing them down as soon as you wake up.
In fact, Mary Shelly’s ‘Frankenstein’ was written directly from her nightmares.
It may be slightly difficult with a blurry vision but still, it’ll motivate you to awaken and write because at that moment you’ll realize what you experienced.
I did this and read my journal a few weeks later, I had completely forgotten about these amazing dreams until that moment.
16. Get fit and you’ll sleep less
Not only will it drain your energy, working out will get your body fit so you’ll need less sleep to recover the energy.
17. Get a second alarm
Scheduling the alarms on your phone to ring at a specific or at different times can be quite effective.
When the first alarm rings you’ll be awaiting the second. It’ll go off and hopefully wake you or you’ll get up and turn it off before that. Either way, you’ll get up!
18. Don’t sleep
If you stayed up too late, sometimes it’s better to not sleep at all. If it’s only one day of not sleeping that is.
If you’re still awake at 5AM going to bed then will mess up your sleep cycle, and if you try to sleep for an hour you’ll either oversleep or wake up in an hour feeling even more tired.
19. Don’t close your eyes!
If you can’t get out of bed, keep your eyes open. If you close them for a few seconds you’ll automatically start drifting to sleep again.
It’ll probably be difficult but get up and do something, anything. Remaining still will keep your body calm and sleepy. So either write something or start getting dressed.
Just activate yourself.
20. Drink before you go to bed
Water that is… insomnia treatment
Aside from vitalizing your body and boosting it during sleep, it also makes you go in the morning. So if your alarm doesn’t wake you up, the need to visit the bathroom will.
21. Battle meditation!
Battle the sleepiness with meditation! If you’re used to it. Meditation takes a while to get used to but once you get into it, it can really help.
Try to meditate first thing in the morning to fight the drowsiness. Aside from the battle, meditation can make you pretty comfortable.
22. Sit in bed
Keep your eyes closed if you must, but remain sitting up. You’ll slowly wake up and start thinking about what’s next in your day.
23. Just get to the bathroom already!
You always have to go in the morning, at least a little. Since you’re already there, start the regular morning routine you have. Brushing teeth, etc. Wash your face as well. That really helps wake you up.
24. Be grateful
When you wake up, try to get started thinking. List 10 things that you’re grateful for every morning. This exercise will definitely give you a nice shake from the sleep as well as lift your mood for the beginning of the day.
25. Use the time you sleep
As you’re sleeping, set your computer to do something. Clean, download or something like that, natural sleep aids
And as it’s doing that, set an alarm. Speakers will blast some pretty decent sounds. You can move them away from your bed so you’ll have to click around to lower the volume.
And aside from that, your computer is already on! You can go online instantly. Might be blurry but that won’t stop you eh?
26. Hiding the alarm
Tell someone to hide your alarm somewhere in the room where you’ll be sleeping. Once it starts beeping like crazy you have to find it in the morning, causing you to invest some energy and get up! Benefits of waking up early
27. Encoded alarm. How evil can one be?
Set an alarm and give someone your phone to change the screen lock. In the morning you have to guess the screen lock when the annoying thing starts beeping. They can give you a hint or anything similar but the point is you’ll get so frustrated, you’ll rip the battery out, provoking rage. Boom, you’re awake. Just don’t kill anyone.
28. Panic yourself up!
Put your phone under a glass of water near your bed. Once you automatically try to shut it off you’ll most likely spill it everywhere. We all panic with spilled stuff. Or…well…you’ll just ignore it.
You may want to place the water on a very sensitive spot, possibly where it might slap you in the face.
29. Get pets
Does this need to be explained? How to get to sleep
30. Get kids.
Well, I don’t suppose you can. GET a kid just like that. But they generally are walking police cars. So if you have some, you know they’re going to cute your sleep short.
31. Get a ridiculously cool and potentially expensive alarm clock
They make alarm clocks that require your full attention to turn them off. There is one that shoots a spinning circle somewhere in the room, and you have to get the circle and insert it in the slot for the alarm to stop.
There’s an alarm that runs away from you, literally. It keeps rolling all over the room in random directions while making a ridiculously annoying noise. Check some others! They’re quite interesting, and effective from what I can hear. Well, until you decide to put your foot in them literally.
Sadly, we’ve come to an end. I hope that these tips for waking up early were of some benefit. If you have any more tips you’d like to add to this page, feel free to leave a comment here.