Most of us struggle with the idea of not only waking up early in the morning but getting out of bed, which isn’t the most encouraging way to start the day. Fortunately, it is possible to develop habits that will make waking up less of a struggle. Below are five tips to get you started. Be the early bird that does catch the worm.
1. Develop a night time routine
Start making it a habit to sleep early so that you get enough hours of good sleep during the night time. Majority of us require 8 hours of sleep to function properly during the day. For others it can be more or less. So they need to take account of their sleep patterns consequently. It is better to go to bed and wake up at the same time every day as it adjusts your body clock accordingly and helps you get out of bed easily. If you have trouble falling to sleep, soak in a hot shower, listen to soft music, meditate or try the old remedy of drinking warm milk before cozying up to sleep. It works.
2. Pay attention to temperature
Make sure the room you are sleeping in is not too cold or not too hot. Extreme temperatures interrupt with our sleep cycles causing us to wake up constantly in the middle of the night. Ideal temperature for sleeping is somewhere between 65 to 68 degrees. So close that window if it’s too cold. Or turn on the AC/fan if your room gets stuffy.
3. Don’t hit snooze more than once
Guilty. Aren’t we all? Yes, it’s time we need to stop abusing the snooze button. The more we keep doing this, the more likely we will stay stuck in the sleep stupor that is no good. In fact, getting enough sleep daily should allow you to wake up near to the time that your alarm goes on. Sync your internal body clock with the alarm clock.
4. Turn off all electronics
Let’s make this one simple rule that we need to commit to religiously. When in the vicinity of the bedroom, ban all forms of electronics. The white light emitted from your phones, tablets, laptops and Kindles disrupts your sleep by delaying it. We don’t need that kind of negativity in the bedroom.
5. Let the light in
Once you rise and shine, it is time to let in all the light of the day into your room. Open the curtains/blinds. Expose yourself to as much light as you can in order to wake yourself up. Daylight improves mood and alertness in individuals. Go out for a morning stroll. Breathe in the fresh air.