For most people, waking up early is like a form of torture. We fall out of bed, stumble around, drink coffee and then by mid-morning, you need to take a nap just to feel normal. Well, getting up early doesn't have to be such a challenge if you know how to wake up early. This will take some work and time, but once you've reset your sleep schedule, practice some early morning habits and shift your mood to a morning person, you will be rising early with ease. Read on to learn how.


Choose your goal time to wake up

One of the first steps to getting up early is choosing the time you want to be up every day. This doesn't mean you will have to start waking up at that time immediately; this will be the time you will slowly build up to waking up to. Waking up at your goal time will take dedication and you want to avoid sleeping in, even on the weekends, until you have successfully reached your goal time consistently.


Take gradual steps

You don't want to leap into getting up at your goal time, especially if you typically sleep in till 9 but want to be up at 6 amInstead, begin by setting your alarm just fifteen minutes early than you would normally wake up. Every day set your alarm for fifteen minutes earlier so that you gradually reprogram your body and mind to wake up a little earlier every day until you reach your goal time. If you can't find yourself getting up the extra fifteen minutes early on one day, then repeat that time the next day. But don't do that again and again. 


Go to bed earlier

Want to know how to wake up early? Go to bed fifteen minutes earlier if you get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. Since you will be getting up earlier in the morning, you want to start going to bed earlier each night. You want to maintain the same amount of sleep you would typically get when you woke up later in the morning. Never cut back on the amount of sleep you get. 


Have a game plan

Having a plan ready for after you wake up can better ensure that you get out of bed when the alarm goes off. Whether your write it down and visually go over what you need to do before you go to sleep, you will be more likely to wake up early when you already know what all you need to have done. Be sure to give yourself enough time for each item you need to do in the morning, so you are ready by the time you need to be out the door.


Set an evening routine

You want to help your body unwind and prepare for sleep mode, so setting up an evening routine can help ensure you get to bed earlier. Start your bedtime routine at least fifteen minutes before you want to be in bed and be consistent with it. Some of the things you might want to include in your evening routine may include showering, sipping non-caffeinated tea or warm milk, listening to music, do a light yoga sequence, etc.


Keep the lights low

An hour before you want to get into bed, begin to dim the lights in your home. Bright lights are known to increase brain activity and reduce the release of melatonin. Turn off your TV, computer and put down your phone so that you can easily fall asleep when you want.


Keep the curtain open

How to wake up early will involve some simple actions to help wake up your body even before your alarm goes off. Keeping your curtain a little open before going to sleep will allow the morning sun to fill your room, allowing for you to naturally and gradually awake in the morning. The light will also stop your body from producing melatonin while also increasing your body temperature which signals the body to wake up.


Prepare the night before

Aside from having a game plan in place, you want to prepare as much as you can the night before. If you plan on working out in the morning, have your workout clothes ready to go or sleep in what you are going to work out in. Have your work clothes laid out, coffee set to brew and keep a glass of water next to your bed. Drinking a glass of water within in a half hour after you wake up will help you feel more alert and ready to take on the day.


Skip the nap

It can be difficult to keep up your early wake-up routine and you might find yourself wanting to nap later in the day. If you have been up for seven hours, you want to skip the nap because this will only have a negative effect on your bedtime routine. If you are feeling really sluggish a few hours after you wake up, take a quick power nap of 15 to 30 minutes to re-energize for the day.


Get an early buddy

When it comes to how to wake up early, sometimes it is best to have a buddy to keep you accountable. If you already know some who wakes up early, consider asking them to give you a call or make sure you call them by a certain time. You can also plan any meetings earlier in the morning to help motivate you to wake up earlier.


Don't snooze

It is so tempting to snooze once the alarm goes off, but this can often lead to you feeling more sluggish and sleeping in later than you want. So avoid snoozing at all cost and try to set your alarm on the other side of the room. Having to get up to shut off the alarm can help wake your body up and will reduce the urge for you to simply roll back over to sleep more.


Be excited about getting out of bed

The reason most people tend to sleep in is because they dread everything they have to do in the day. Instead of focusing on all the things you don't want to do the day, get excited about all the things you get excited to do. Waking up with a more positive attitude will help you want to jump out of bed faster.


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