It no secret that waking up early can help you get ahead in school and life in general. Still, many of us struggle to get out of bed in the morning and can’t shake that groggy feeling in the morning. Following these tips can help you get over that feeling and start your day full of energy.
The Secret is Establishing Cues
What it ultimately comes down to is training your body to follow a cycle of waking up early. If you develop a habit of waking up early then your body will adjust and soon you’ll be waking up feeling refreshed. It sounds simple but you probably know that doing so is easier said than done. The major problem is that you will naturally want to sleep more, so you need to develop a few cues to help you get out of bed. By creating these cues you can remind yourself that you’re about to beginning a new rewarding routine. Now that we know the secret is to use cues we need to figure what these cues are and how to establish them.
Set An Alarm That Will Get You Pumped Up
While we once had no choice but to wake up to the sound of a metal hammer beating against two bells, we can now set our alarms to just about anything we want. Your alarm clock shouldn’t just force you awake, it should motivate you to get out of bed. By setting your alarm to something energizing, like a workout song or motivational speech, you won’t just turn it off and go back to sleep. Rather, you’ll feel motivated to get out of bed and start your day.
You probably already apply this technique to other parts of your life. You might listen to a classical music while you study because it helps you concentrate. Or you might listen to meditation music when you’re trying to de-stress and relax. Applying the same mentality when waking up will help you establish the needed cues.
Don’t Hit The Snooze Button!!!
Believe it or not, 10 more minutes of sleep will actually do you more harm than good. Many people will purposely set their alarm to go off earlier than needed and plan on hitting snooze a few time. You might think this helps you wake up refreshed, but you’re actually just confusing your body.
When you first wake up your body begins a process of getting you ready to wake up and moving. Hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep send a message to your body to stop this process. Now the next time you try to wake up your body and brain are taken by surprise. That’s what causes that groggy, fuzzy-headed feeling you have when you finally force yourself out of bed.
Just like a computer, your body needs time to get booted up before you can start using it. Going to sleep after just waking up is like turning off your computer in the middle of startup. It’s harmful and doesn’t help.
Stick to a Regular Wake-up Time
Similar to the point above, you should do your best to wake-up at a fixed sleep schedule. Going to bed and waking up at the same time each day sets your body’s “internal clock” to expect sleep for a certain segment of the day. Once your internal clock is set you will naturally feel awake when it’s time for you to wake-up.
Try to stick as closely as possible to your routine over the weekend so that you don’t have a sleep hangover on Monday. Also, avoid the urge to sleep in if you went to bed late the night before. Even if you didn’t sleep well the night before, the extra sleep drive will help you consolidate sleep the following night.
Start Your Day With A Tall Glass of Water
After spending 6-8 hours without any water intake your body will naturally begin to feel dehydrated. Starting your day with a glass of water will send a jolt of energy through your body. Drinking a tall glass of cold water will cause your heart to pump stronger and increase blood flow to your brain. As your blood flow increases oxygen will get to more parts of your body and you’ll feel more alert and energized.
Drinking water will also help revive cells that have become shriveled due to sleep-induced dehydration. These cells are known to cause tiredness so you sometimes won’t feel refreshed until you’ve had a glass of water. Keep a bottle of water on your nightstand so it’s close by when you start your day.
Spend A Few Minutes Stretching
Once you’ve woken up, had your glass of water and gotten out of bed, take a few minutes to stretch. You don’t have to go to the gym or anything, just try to move a little to help get your blood pumping. You’ll be a little less flexible in the morning so don’t strain yourself.
Spending just a few minutes each morning on some type of physical activity will make you more productive and focused. It helps jumpstart your morning routine.
Plan Your Day The Night Before
Sometimes the biggest problem you face when waking up is just figuring out what to with your day. If you’re starting your day as early as 6 a.m. you probably don’t have any classes or work for a couple hours. If you have a plan as to what you want to get accomplished with that extra time you’ll be far more productive and you won’t accidently fall asleep again.
Start each day by doing something exciting or important. This can be going to the gym, reviewing some notes or even practicing an instrument. Also, try to make your breakfast the night before so you can look forward to eating something you’ll enjoy. This will give you a meal to look forward to and will allow you to spend your morning on things more important than cooking.
In general, having a list of things you want to get done will motivate you to get up and get your day started. Instead of dragging yourself out of bed you can jump out excited to use your newly allocated time to be more productive.