It’s understandably difficult to wake up early when you have a Serta mattress. But the secret to a great day is starting it off right.
How to Wake Up Early
1. Go to Bed Early to Wake Up Early
There’s simply no way around it.
While it’s great that you’re committed to getting up early, nothing can take precedence over your health.
Sleep is crucial to our existence, taking up a third of our lifetime. It keeps you healthy and lowers your risk of chronic diseases.
This doesn’t happen overnight. Take your time to adapt to your new bedtime schedule. Try to sleep 15 minutes earlier each night until you hit your target bedtime.
So if you want to wake up early, you also need to get to bed early.
And when you do rise early, don’t hit snooze.
2. Don’t Hit Snooze
It may be tempting to smash the obnoxious snooze button, but it’s a call for you to start your day.
Shutting off your alarm and going back to bed will throw you off your groove and cancel plans you’ve set for the day.
Place your alarm clock on the opposite side of your room. This will force you to get up and leave the confines of your bed. You’ll be standing by the bathroom door before you can say good night.
It takes two weeks to form a habit, but only one snooze button to go back to square one.
3. Follow a Regular Sleep Schedule
Humans are creatures of habit.
Following a regular schedule guarantees you get enough sleep each night. And it trains your body to sleep and wake up early.
Choose a wake-up time that you can follow both on weekends and weekdays. And if you do, you can allow a 30-minute difference.
Stick to a realistic schedule—one that you can abide by whether or not you have work. However, establish a schedule that still allows you some time for fun.
4. No Caffeine before Bed
Everyone reacts to caffeine differently.
For some, a cup at 3PM won’t heavily impact their 11PM bedtime. In some cases, a person might only be able to tolerate caffeine until 11AM.
Pay special attention to how you react to caffeine. Caffeine-rich beverages include coffee, energy drinks, and sodas.
5. Avoid Alcohol before Bed
Wine and booze may leave you with a drowsy, droopy-eyed feeling, but that has nothing to do with rest.
Alcohol may disrupt your sleep, preventing you from getting deep and rejuvenating slumber.
Unfortunately, cocktails and sleep just don’t mix.
6. Don’t Eat Too Close to Bedtime
Sleeping within three hours of eating may lead to sleep disruptions. Lying down right after eating might also cause heartburn and acid reflux, leaving you uncomfortable and unable to sleep.
Wait at least three hours after dinner. This gives your body time to digest your meal and is close enough to bedtime that you sleep comfortably and satisfied.
On the other hand, have dinner too early and you might feel hunger pangs just when you lay your head.
7. Get Some Sunlight
Our internal clock relies on sunlight for daytime and nighttime cues.
Get some sun within 30 minutes of waking up. Have coffee by the window or open up the curtains in your bedroom.
And if you want to wake up at the crack of dawn, sleep with the curtains open. Both your alarm clock and sunlight will help wake you. And the glaring morning light will keep you from falling back asleep even after hitting snooze.
8. Exercise during the Day
Exercising early in the day may help you fall asleep more easily and deeply.
But time your gym session correctly.
Because exercise is energizing, try working out first thing in the morning. It’ll get you your dose of vitamin D and give you an energy boost to help you power through your day. Or squeeze in a light to moderate HIIT session during your lunch break.
While a vigorous workout will tucker you out, it may still stimulate you too much that you’ll have a hard time falling asleep.
9. Set a Winding Down Routine
A winding down routine includes avoiding activities that are too stimulating. This includes browsing social media on your phone and watching television.
You can include a warm bath, a light novel, and pillow talk into your routine. Some experts believe that feeling connected to your partner could help improve your sleep quality.
You may also incorporate activities and practices that help destress you. Stress is something that keeps you up at night and prevents you from waking up early.
Jot down your thoughts in your journal. Organizing and working out your thoughts could help you get through stressful problems and situations. Meditating and some light yoga could also help you relax.
10. Take Melatonin Supplements
Melatonin is a hormone that signals wake time and bedtime. Your melatonin levels typically increase at night and decline along with the sunrise.
Many find melatonin sleeping aids very helpful. However, be careful with the dosage. A 3mg dose is enough to help you get some rest. And a consultation with a doctor beforehand will help you get the best results.
11. Remind Yourself of Your Goals and Motivations
Waking up early is a popular new year’s resolution—the type that goes forgotten mid-January.
Choose a goal that will get you out of bed. When you’re feeling lazy and your Serta mattress feels more magnetic than usual, remind yourself of your objectives and the reason why you’re doing this.
Will power is a finite source. And the stronger the motivation, the stronger the will.
Having a substantial motivation will also encourage you to remain consistent with your sleep schedule. Even on lazy weekends.
The early bird gets the worm. But they also failed to mention that the bird likely gets more worms in a day than those that get up late.
Getting up early is not only a great way to jumpstart your day. It opens up a lot of doors and literally allows you to make the most of your day.
These quick tips and life hacks are easy to introduce into your daily life. You’ll be waking up early in no time!