In a society where productivity is a very important part of life, it is very helpful to wake up early. Most of us enjoy sleeping in and would love to do it all the time, but it decreases our productivity. With a few simple steps, even you can be waking up earlier and opening the door to a more productive day.
Go To Bed When You're Tired.
It is easy to think, "I have to get up early, so I will go to bed early and make sure I get enough sleep." However, this often works against us. We toss and turn or lie awake and by time we really get to sleep it tends to be less productive. If you go to bed when you are tired, every night, then it will get easier and easier to go to bed at a time that is reasonable to your own body with your own schedule.
Get Up When the Alarm Wakes, Or Earlier.
It is a bad idea to hit the snooze button on the alarm clock. This causes us to feel more tired then we would have should we have just gotten up. Additionally, if you wake up and look at the clock and it says that is is a few minutes earlier then you have to wake up, don't roll over and say, "Five more minutes!" This sends you back into another cycle of sleep and makes you feel worse when it really is time to get up.
Set a Routine.
We think of bedtime routines as for little kids, but we work the same way. Having a bedtime routine tells your mind and body that it is getting close to bed time. This helps us turn off our thoughts and prepare for sleep. Things that work well include jammies, brushing our teeth, washing our face, and other simple bedtime routines.
Avoid Wakeful Activities.
Often we want to do certain things to help us relax before bed. We watch TV or movies, read books, fool around on the computer, or some other stimulating, but relaxing activity. This is a bad idea. Watching TV often gets us to watch another show or episode until we are exhausted. Books are the same way, "Well, just one more chapter!" The computer sucks you in as well. All of these activities get you thinking. Additionally, light from the TV and the computer have been proven to tell our brains it is still daylight out making it harder to fall asleep. It is just a bad idea to use these methods for getting ourselves tired. Stop doing these things about a half an hour before bed (in time for your bed time routine!).
You can get up earlier, you just have to make it so you go to bed earlier, sleep better, and stop having bad morning habits. It is always a good idea to have a morning routine to get out of bed and get ready for the day. This will make you more productive whether you have a nine to five job, a third shift job (with reverse issues, but the same methods of sleeping and waking), or are a stay at home mom trying to get it all done.