Tips for getting up early

October 28th, 2006 by Sit up a Tree

Do you want to get up earlier?  If you do, here are a series of tips that should help to turn you from a lay-a-bed into an early riser.

  • Do you really want to get up earlier?  I mean really want to?  If you’re not committed to getting up early, then you won’t.  It’s that simple.  You have to want to get up.  And remember that applies first thing in the morning, when you’re groggy and sluggish, not say at lunchtime when you’re wide-awake and firing on all cylinders.  Wanting to get up is the key to actually getting up!
  • Set a realistic “up” time.  Set a time that you want to be up by, not one that you think you should be up by.  If you set an unrealistic get up time, you’re far more likely to fail.
  • Ditch caffeine.  It seriously messes with your system.  If you are pepped up on coffee all day you’ve messing with your body patterns and you’re adversely affecting you sleep patterns.
  • Don’t go to bed until you are tired.  You only get the best, most productive sleep when you are actually tired before you go to bed.
  • Before you go to sleep, tell yourself that you’re going to get up at whatever time you want to be up by.  For example, if you want to be up at 6am and you’re in bed at 11pm, repeat the following to yourself a dozen or so times:
    “I will be up at 6am, in 7 hours from now.”
    Remember to say it like you mean it.  This will program your subconscious to get up when you want to be up (with practice you can train yourself so you don’t need an alarm clock).
  • Try different styles of alarm clocks – radio, CD, light, beeper.  See which one works best for you.
  • Put a system in place to wake you up.  If you need an alarm clock, put it out of your reach so that you have to get up when it goes off.  And when it goes off, get up.  Take a few deep breaths and stretch a little and start the day.
  • Maintain your routine 7 days a week.
  • Don’t fall into the “snooze” trap.  If you’ve had eight hours sleep and you’re still tired, 10 minutes isn’t going to make any difference.

Work at getting up early for 21 days and you’ll have established the new routine as a pattern and it’ll be a lot harder to break.

See you tomorrow – morning!

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