I’ve had a few big changes in my life recently. Back in January I started working full-time and I started a fitness lifestyle journey. Throughout these first few months I’ve picked up a few tricks that I find make me a better morning person. I have never been good at walking up early or staying up late for that matter, I like my sleep and I will not apologize for that. However, with these new changes in my life I’ve started to wake up at 4:45am to be ready to leave for work at 6:50am. This does me I’m generally in bed by 9pm, like I said I like my sleep. I hope these five tips can help you fall asleep easier, wake up rested, and start your day off right.
1. Prepare the night before. Anything you can get done the night before is helpful. For me this means: Laying out my workout clothes, laying out my work clothes, preparing my lunch, packing up my bag, and any other odds and ends that can be taken care of the night before. This helps me tremendously in the morning. I don’t know about you but I can’t really focus or think about things too much at 5am!
2. Put your phone/alarm out of arms reach. For me this is on my desk that is far from my bed but still within hearing distance. This requires me to physically get up out of the bed in order to turn the alarm off. This is critical for me since I’ve had countless mornings where I’ve turned off my alarm without even remembering that I did so. Put it far enough away that you have to get up to turn it off and close enough so you can hear it.
3. Stop using your phone 30 minutes before bed. Now I haven’t read the science behind why this is important but I’ve found it does WORK! I spend all day online, looking at my phone, looking at a computer screen, and just connected to the world. It’s nice to allow myself a good 30 minutes before I attempt to close my eyes to fall asleep to just disconnect. If you have a significant other, I suggestion doing this together. You’ll find you have much more to say to one another and more time to connect one on one face to face before falling asleep for the night. I was always the type of person that would lay down for bed and have a million thoughts racing across my mind and I’ve found when putting my electronics away a little bit before bed my mind can relax when I need it to.
4. Wake up to your first alarm. YES the first alarm, not the second, or third, or fifth; the first! If you would have taken a look at my alarm app 3 months ago you would have seen about seven alarms set within 5-6 minutes of each other. They would have just continuously gone off till I would eventually hear ONE of them. I’d wake up angry and annoyed with the constant buzzing. Bonus tip: Set your alarm to an up-lifting song or beat you enjoy. Not sure why I always thought my alarm had to be set to the most obnoxious sound I could find. Once I set my alarm to a nice fun song, Rachel Platton Fight Song has been my favorites, I wake up calmer, motivated, and almost ready to take on my day. I say almost because well I am still waking up at 4:45am I can’t be THAT ready.
5. Go to bed early enough to get 6-8 hours of sleep, every night. This is probably the most difficult, granted I am tired enough at 9pm to fall asleep but there are so many other things I’d like to be doing or need to get done since I did spend all day at work. However, I’ve found if I don’t get at least 6+ hours I’m crabby, exhausted, un-motivated, and just overall feel like crap. I work as hard as I can to get everything I need to get done at at home from 6:30-8:30pm. I put my electronics away at around 8:30 and try to be in bed to fall asleep at 9pm. If you’re looking for a way to track your sleep, a FitBit is great for that. I’m currently using the FitBit flex but will soon be getting the FitBit Alta. It’s great for tracking many different aspects of your life and health. Long story short get your sleep!
I really hope these tips are helpful. Take it from someone who loves her sleep and was NEVER good at waking up early, you can do it! If you need/want to get up earlier these tips will help.