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Despite wanting to wake up early, many of us find the task overwhlemingly difficult. Like, climbing Mt. Everest difficult. But you know that waking up before your kids will help you rock your to-do list and your goals.
Considering you can snooze-button your way through an entire morning, you desperately need some new strategies. Luckily, these 9 tips will turn a hopeless night owl into a chirping morning songbird.
Tips to wake up early
These tips are divided into 2 categories:
- once the alarm goes off in the morning.
If waking up is a struggle, it’s never going to change without preparing the night before.
PART I: THE PREPARATION
1) Go to bed early
This is essential since you don’t want to be operating on a sleep deficit. Sleep deprivation basically leads to a host of health issues including weight gain (ugh) and even a shorter lifespan. Yikes!
Most adults need at least 7 or 8 hours of sleep a night. Decide what time you want to wake up, subtract 8 and you’ve got your bedtime!
2) Make sure you are getting quality sleep
Quality sleep is essential to feeling well-rested, yet it’s not always easy to come by as a busy mama. Check out my post 10 Strategies For Moms to Get Dramatically Better Sleep.
3) Have everything set out for the morning
Have everything you can possibly think of ready to go (check out this post to help develop your own awesome morning routine).
I work out every morning, so I lay out everything: socks, shoes, clothes, sports bra, and headphones. If I’m going for a run, I leave out my house key lanyard. I even have a big glass of water ready and waiting by my bathroom sink (see step 8).
This also makes it less likely that I will skip out on my workout!
4) Set your intentions for the morning the night before
To make you morning happen, you need to mentally prepare yourself to pop out of bed when your alarm goes off. This can take many forms:
- Visualization: This is a powerful strategy that I use. I visualize myself smiling and popping out of bed and going through my morning routine step-by-step. If you are grumpy in the mornings, visualize yourself happy and energized. Repeated visualizations will have a major impact on your morning outlook.
- Plan: Create a written plan with what time you will get up and each thing you plan to accomplish in the order you plan to do them.
- Use an accountability partner: Get someone to hold you accountable for waking up early. This could be an early morning exercise buddy, or someone that you simply check in with to stay accountable. Letting someone else know of your plans makes you more likely to keep them.
5) Have the right alarm situation
Making sure you have an alarm set that you will not “snooze” til the end of time is essential. Luckily, there are a lot of options:
- Alarm across the room: This serves 2 purposes–it gets lights and technology away from you when you’re trying to sleep (thereby improving sleep quality) and it makes you actually get up and out of bed to turn it off. This was a game changer for me.
- Alarm across the room AND alarm on phone by your bed: This is my preferred way to wake up. I keep a really soft alarm on my phone by my bed that gently wakes me up. My alarm across the room is set for 3 minutes later. Since I don’t want to disturb my husband, I get up easily with my gentle alarm and turn off the other alarm before it even goes off.
- Use Step Out app: This app is completely genius. If you can hit snooze a million times without even thinking, this is the app for you. You can set it up so that in order to turn off the alarm, you actually have to take 10 or 20 steps. And by that point, you are awake! It’s awesome.
BTW: Try and get an alarm that isn’t horribly annoying. If the sound is too grating, it’ll put you in a bad mood the minute you hear it.
PART 2: THE MORNING
So you’ve done everything that you need to do the night before to prepare. Clothes are laid out. Alarms are set. You’ve visualized your morning and you have some accountability set up. You slept a solid 8 hours and the alarm goes off.
Here’s what’s next:
6) Smile first thing
I know it sounds super cheesy, but smiling and telling yourself how excited you are to wake up (even when you feel like you want to die) really works. It actually will help make you happy and excited to wake up. Fake it til you make it, baby!
7) Pop out of bed, turn off the alarm, and beeline straight to your bathroom.
Don’t even let yourself think about getting back into bed. You’re already up if you had to get up to turn off your alarm. Make it second nature to then head straight to the bathroom without even giving it a thought. .
8) Drink a glass of water and brush your teeth right away
This is going to start to really wake you up and get into your morning routine.
Drinking water starts getting your body systems revved up and will give you some energy.
Brushing your teeth not only gives you something to do as you are trying to wake up, it actually wakes up your mouth. By this point, you are at least halfway woken up.
9) Put on your exercise clothes/clothes and get busy with your morning!
You’re still probably waking up, but getting dressed and physically preparing for the day is going to really help you keep waking up.
To make the most of your day, I HIGHLY recommend working out first thing and getting it out of the way.
For more one making the most of your mornings, check out my post here.
You can do it!
Trust me, if I can train myself to be a morning person, absolutely ANYONE can! These tips will leave your snooze button in the dust and walk you through exactly what you need to do to make early mornings happen.
You’ve got this!