What You Need To Know About Waking Up Early
Updated: Aug 28, 2019
If you’re not naturally a morning person, the very thought of rolling out of bed before the sun is fully dressed, probably makes you physically ill. Why would anyone in their right mind want to wake up super early when they can sleep?
Well, that’s actually a pretty good question. If waking up early is not your natural inclination, you’re going to need a pretty good reason to do it.
Let’s discuss some of the benefits of waking up early.
Benefits of Waking Up Early
Waking up early gives you the gift of solitude. In those early hours, most of the people you interact with will be sleeping. This gives you the chance to plan ahead, reflect on life, prepare for tasks and finalize reports, without any distractions. There are no kids or friends running around, no interrupting phone calls to rob you of the focus you need to generate your golden thoughts and streamline your life.
Adequate time meditate/pray before you start your day
Not everyone acknowledges the need for spiritual development, that’s cool, this isn’t that kind of article. However, if you are minded to cultivate your spirit, then waking up early can definitely give you the upper hand. It will be much easier for you to find a quiet spot to pray, meditate or even ponder “what is purpose?” or what the meaning of life is. These quiet moments are harder to come by once the world is awake.
Builds Self Discipline
It is known that self-discipline is one of the habits in the success formula, but did you know that waking up early can contribute to you developing this habit? When your alarm goes off, your reflex reaction may be to hit snooze. However, when you wake up early, for no reason other than the fact that you had decided to do so the night before, you’ve started off your day by taking complete control of your actions.
Your first decision for the day is to be accountable to yourself. After a month of “making the sacrifice,” waking up early will become a habit and your ability to bring your feelings into submission and discipline yourself will have grown to other areas of your life.
Increases your chances of being early or on time (Builds reputation)
Instead of jumping out of bed in a flurry and rushing to get through your morning routine, only to meet traffic, you’ll actually have the option to leave home earlier and skip heavy traffic in the mornings. How does this help your reputation? Punctuality is still considered a positive trait. It implies that you are accountable and respectful of others. This goes a long way and other people will definitely notice and appreciate you for it.
Sleep, diet, and exercise are three of the best “doctors.” Waking up early gives you extra time to workout, make a healthy breakfast and it helps to improve the quality of your sleep. It's a win-win-win.
Now that we’ve discussed the “why,” let us take a quick look at the “how”.
How To Wake Up Early
1. Go to bed earlier (A no-brainer right?)
This seems pretty obvious, but it may be easier said than done. It may take you some time to adjust. Instead of jumping into bed at 8:00 p.m. only to toss and turn for hours, try going to bed at your usual time and waking up early anyways.
Yes, you’re going to be groggy and tired all day; this is good. By the time night falls, you will be more exhausted much earlier than usual and it’ll be easier for you to fall asleep. This may take more than just one attempt but keep at it. Your body will bend to your desire and early rest shall be yours.
2. Use the alarm (No more snozzing!)
When it’s not being snoozed, the alarm clock can actually be quite useful. The more disruptive it is, the better. If you’re using your phone or another device, set your alarm to something you cannot ignore, at a volume that you cannot tune out with pillows. It also helps if you put this device across the room, this way you’ll have to get up to turn it off. To spice things up even more, put a lock on your alarm. Some phones and apps have a feature that requires you to put in a passcode, answer a riddle or solve a math problem before you can turn the alarm off. This sounds like a lot, but the brain activity will help you wake up faster, as you will have to clear your mind of the remnants of your sleep in order to get it done.
3. Start right away. (Procrastination is the enemy of progress!)
Open your windows, turn on your light and get moving. Even if you have to drag yourself around for the first few minutes, that’s okay, no one else is awake to see you anyway. If you can’t turn the lights on in your room, try it in the bathroom or kitchen. Walk around and get your blood pumping. Let your body know you’re up and ready to go, your brain will eventually catch on.
"Be not afraid of life. Believe that life is worth living, and your belief will help create the fact."- Henry James