Do you remember the feeling of hearing the alarm? Your body is refusing to get out of bed. Your eyes are exhausted and groggy. At that point, you hate the fact that it is time to wake up and wish you could sleep some more.
In this article, you will learn easy tricks to overcome your difficulty of waking up in the morning. The purpose is to not change you into a morning person. It is only about helping you wake up 30 min early to spend that time to achieve your dream goals.
Have you dreaded waking up early? Do you believe that you are not a morning person? Is it simply impossible for you to get out of bed in the morning? Do you wonder, “Why can’t I wake up early?”
Well, neither are you alone nor should you change into a complete morning person.
The intention of the article is NOT to transform you into a 5 AM person. After reading this article, you will be happy to wake up 30 minutes earlier than your current time.
Whether you want to wake up earlier than that is completely up to your discretion.
This article is Step 4: How to wake up easily using 5 simple tricks of 3 phase transformation into superhuman productivity. You can begin right from step 1 by accessing the index here.
To understand the purpose behind the activity I recommend you to read through the article. But, for the busy bees, you can go directly to the exercise.
I used to myself hate waking up before 9 AM for a long time. In this article, I will share how I managed to break out of that habit. With some simple changes, I managed to utilize my morning time fruitfully. I am now happier than ever starting my day early.
- Why morning time is precious
- Benefits of waking up early:
- How sleep happens in cycles
- Tricks to waking up early
- Conclusion with an exercise
Why morning time is precious
Morning time is absolutely precious. Sadly, many waste their morning time either sleeping or spending it on the smartphone. These activities in the morning fail to enrich one’s life. When asked why don’t you wake up early, the standard answer usually is “I am not a morning person, I function the best in the evening.”
Cut that bullshit. Sure, there are a few people who are really at their best during the evening or night. Stop citing them as examples and making excuses for failing to budge your lazy ass off the bed. The reason why you are not waking up early is that you are lazy. You lack the self-discipline required to sleep early or value sleep more than your goals in life.
If you are already thinking of reasons why you cannot sleep early or wake up early, stop right there. Those are excuses. No one can change them for you except yourselves.
Benefits of waking up early:
1. You get more time during the day:
If you get into the habit of waking up around the 5:30 AM mark, you would have completed a ton of things by lunchtime. In the meantime, the rest of the world would have just warmed up. Out of nowhere, it seems like your day has stretched longer. Consequently, you now have more time to do things you could not find time for earlier.
2. You can focus better:
Mornings are calm and serene because the rest of the world is busy in bed. The lack of distraction helps you focus more.
3. You feel more healthy and proactive:
Research has proved that early risers are more likely to set long term goals and accomplish them. There is something magical about the early morning time. You not only become organized and productive but also level headed throughout the day.
4. You procrastinate less in the morning:
Early in the day, you will be more motivated to work on tasks that you would otherwise procrastinate. This is because in the morning you are more inclined to make every minute count.
5. You plan your day better:
Even if this is the only thing that you do after waking up in the morning, it still makes waking up early completely worth it.
How sleep happens in cycles
Sleep consists of sleep cycles of 90 min each. Every night you go through multiple sleep cycles. The hack that you can use is, to ensure you wake up towards the end of the sleep cycle. If you wake up in the middle of a sleep cycle, the cycle breaks. Interruption in sleep cycles causes you to wake up exhausted. If you wake up towards the end of one cycle or early in the next cycle, you tend to remain fresh.
In the long run, it is recommended to sleep for at least 6 hours on average. You can still wake up fresh with 3 or 4.5 hours of sleep daily, but it is not a good habit to cultivate.
You can calculate what time should you wake if you are going to sleep now. If you have a specific time to wake up, you can calculate the time you must go to bed – What time should I wake up to not feel tired?
Tricks to waking up early
Are you are facing challenges with waking early and staying fresh? Here are a few wake up hacks that might be helpful:
1. Start Small:
If you wake up at 10 AM in the morning every day, do not aim to wake up at 5 AM all of a sudden. This is not just for the drastic change in sleep but also in your daily lifestyle. You will find the change too chaotic. Even if you manage to wake up at 5 AM for the next few days, chances are you will find it difficult to sustain it.
Instead, try to wake up 30 min early for the next couple of days. Reduce it further after a few days or a week. Incrementally make changes which will make the whole change for you smoother.
2. Do not snooze:
As mentioned earlier, sleep happens in cycles. If you snooze and wake up 10 min later, you are interrupting your sleep cycle. You wake up more exhausted than you would have without the snooze. Try to spend a few minutes in bed instead of waking up abruptly. However, do not spend these few minutes sleeping to wake up to the snooze. Change your opinion that the additional 10 min of sleep before the snooze will help. The reality is quite the contrary.
3. Change your mindset when you sleep and wake up:
Before going to bed, stop thinking that you are late to bed and that you won’t get enough sleep. The same applies when you wake up.
Train your mind to believe that you will get enough sleep irrespective of the time that you sleep or wake up. Subsequently, you will notice a paradigm shift in your freshness in the morning and during the day.
4. Countdown to 5 and wake up:
The single most challenging task in waking up is to sit straight.
If you manage to do that, you have conquered the quest for the day. Once you sit up, your urge to sleep again is far reduced. Sure, you might feel like lying down again. However, it is far easier to resist it because you have already overcome the barrier of waking up.
5. Get enough sleep:
Everyone has a varied sleep need. It usually falls in the 6-8 hour range. Wind up your day early to ensure you get enough rest. Are you saying “hey, my circumstances or my job prevent me from sleeping early.” Do realize that it is not the circumstances that are the reason behind this. You are the reason.
If you are working in night shifts, find another job. If you have calls to attend late in the night, stop attending them and explain to people why. Yes, it is not very easy for some to tweak your routine to get into a morning schedule. But you know what? Blaming the circumstances ain’t gonna take you anywhere.
6. Sleep and wake up at roughly the same time every day:
Try to get into bed at the same time, so that you get your adequate sleep. This makes it easier to then wake up early in the morning. Sleep happens in cycles of 90 mins. Science says that you wake up fresh if you wake up towards the end of a cycle.
Use What time should I wake up to not feel tired? to help you figure out what time would be best to wake up to complete your cycle. Do this as an experiment over a few days. If you are not someone who is used to waking up early, it will take a few days to balance your sleep and waking hours until you get it right.
Conclusion with an exercise
The benefits of waking up early are many. As stated earlier, you do not have to transform into a morning person after reading this article. All you need to do is, wake up a little earlier than normal. 30 minutes is the right start. You can stop at 30 minutes or aim to increase than 30 min to a longer duration which you deem necessary. You no longer have to wonder how to wake yourself up in the morning.
So the purpose of this exercise is, tomorrow you will set your alarm clock to wake up 30 min earlier. After you wake up tomorrow, proceed to the next exercise of taking action towards your goal.
This article is Step 4: How to Wake Up Early Using 5 Unique Tricks of 3 phase transformation into superhuman productivity. You can begin right from step 1 by accessing the index here.
Maxim Dsouza has spent over a decade experimenting and finding various time management techniques to improve his productivity. He strongly understands the fact that time is a limited commodity and tries to make every second count. He has extensive experience in leadership in startups, small businesses, and large corporations.
He has helped people of different professions and age groups gain clarity on their goals, improve focus, revise their time management skills and develop an awareness of their psychological cognitive biases.