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6 Tips for Training Yourself to Get Up an Hour Earlier

May 12, 2017
Published in: Mental Health, Sleep

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As impossible as it may seem, you really can train yourself to be an early riser! Yes, it is possible to drag your tired body out of bed. You may not love the training process, but you will appreciate being able to control the direction and tone for your entire day. By waking up early, you'll be able to banish the rush and chaos of your morning routine. You'll also gain some time to work on things you are normally too tired to do at the end of the day. Not convinced? Here are six tips for training yourself to get up an hour earlier.

Early to Bed, Early to Rise

Woman drinking coffee to wake upIf you go to bed earlier, you'll feel more rested even if you have to get up an hour earlier. Go figure. Why force yourself to get through the day on less sleep when you don't have to? Instead of binge watching another episode on Netflix, choose to get a little more shut-eye. You'll be glad you did when it's time to wake up.

Practice Makes Perfect

Sometimes a few practice runs waking at an earlier hour can be helpful. You'll be able to judge just how much sleep your body needs without feeling pressured to be immediately successful in this endeavor. Additionally, you'll be able to better "fine tune" your morning rituals to accommodate your new schedule. Try waking up earlier on the weekend before permanently adjusting your alarm clock. I know, I know. Who wants to wake up earlier on the weekend? Right? You'll be glad you did when you're able to hit the ground running with your new morning schedule on Monday instead of slogging around in your PJs aimlessly when getting up earlier really counts.

Build Your Endurance

Getting up an entire hour earlier might seem like an impossible goal. It may even be unbearable if you try to pull it off without training your body beforehand. If you find yourself struggling to get up in the morning, consider easing into things by waking up 15 minutes earlier each week for four weeks.

Plan for the Next Day

Place your alarm clock across the room to help yourself get up the first time it rings.If you're used to rushing to get out the door with only a couple of minutes to spare, you may find yourself routinely forgetting things after you adjust your schedule. Don't foil your new routine by being unprepared. Lay out your clothes and get your belongings ready the night before so you don't have to rush to get ready in the morning.

Get Up and Get Moving

It's going to be so tempting to press the snooze button and sleep for another five minutes. Of course, that extra five minutes often turns into ten or twenty, and before you know it, you've slept the entire hour! Don't fall for this little trick your body likes to play on you. Make it impossible not to get up by setting your alarm and putting it across the room or use an alarm clock and your phone in different places, so you have to get moving before you can hit the snooze button. It works like a charm!

Don't Forget to Reward Yourself

No, getting up earlier is not its own reward. Don't make yourself a martyr to your early morning routine. If you've consistently been getting up an hour earlier, take a time out to reward yourself for being good. It helps to have a little something to look forward to like a flavored latte or a small shopping trip. Giving yourself a little reward can help you stick to your plan to roll out of bed one hour earlier.

Training yourself to be an early riser doesn't have to be a painful experience. It's true that discipline must be cultivated; it's a process. Getting up an hour earlier won't be fun, but your body will acclimate. Acclimation takes time, but you'll get the hang of it. The biggest thing to remember is not to give up!