How to Train Yourself to Wake Up Early

| October 30, 2017 | 13 Comments

 

How to Train Yourself to Wake Up Early

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How to Train Yourself to Wake Up Early

Genetically speaking, human beings are wired to get up as the sun rises, and to go to sleep as it sets beyond the horizon. However, because of a huge advancement in technology in just the last hundred and fifty years and of our modern, hectic lifestyle, more and more people are starting to deviate from this golden rule and altering their natural sleep cycles. According to most studies out there, this is not particularly healthy and can lead to a number of issues over the years.

So how do you train yourself to “become a morning person” and actually get up in the morning instead of at noon? This was particularly hard for me to do in my teenage years; I hated waking up early and always wanted to stay up as late as possible. Nevertheless, after I finished college and got a steady job, I managed to force myself to actually be awake in the morning, and today I want to give you some advice on how to accomplish that yourself.

Routine

What’s amazing about our bodies is how much they actually like order; things like getting up at the same time every day, brushing your teeth, doing some yoga, whatever your morning ritual might consist of. As long as you do these things every day for an extended period of time, your body will learn to expect and prepare itself for these activities by making sure you’re awake. My father was a factory worker before he retired, and had to get up at 6 o’clock every day except for weekends.

What’s interesting is that he never used alarm clocks; his body would just naturally wake him up at 6 AM on the minute, because that’s when he needed to get up. Whether he went to bed at 9 PM or 3 AM made no difference, because the habit was as strong as it was. As long as you can form this sort of habit, you’ll find it much easier to get up when you need to and wake up naturally, which is always a plus.

 

How to Train Yourself to Wake Up Early

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Less Caffeine

Caffeine might seem like a logical choice in the morning if you always need a little pick-me-up, and that’s fine as long as you don’t overdo it. I used to drink four or five cups of coffee every day, and until I quit I simply thought that it was impossible to stay awake otherwise. Once I realized that it was just an addiction, I dialled it down to one cup in the morning and I think it’s safe to say that my energy levels haven’t diminished since then.

Making your body used to caffeine and expect it as a means to stay awake will affect your quality of sleep, as well as your sleep cycle (especially if you drink your coffee before you go to bed). Again, some caffeine is okay, just don’t overdo it and you’ll find that it is much easier to return to a normal sleep cycle.

No Smartphones in Bed

As I mentioned at the beginning of this post, it’s normal for our bodies to be asleep during the night, and awake during the day. Our bodies can actually “tell” which time of day it is from the amount and the type of sunlight that reaches our eyes. During the day, the sun’s rays are composed of blue light, at around 6500K – but during sunrise and sunset it’s a different story; there’s a lot more red in there and it’s obviously far darker than at noon.

The thing is that when our brains sense that it’s getting darker and “redder” outside, they slowly start secreting the sleep hormone melatonin, which helps us transition from our waking life into sleep. This natural process can be easily interrupted, however, by staring at a computer screen or your smartphone before you go to bed. All your devices emit a particularly blue light (because blue light is great for visibility) virtually all the time, so looking at such a screen fools your brain into thinking that it is still day, and this inhibits melatonin production.

The simple solution is to not bring your smartphone into bed with you, and limit screen exposure in the hours before your bedtime. Alternatively, if you do have to work from your laptop close to your bedtime, it’s a good idea to install some type of automatic screen dimming software that can alter your screen color to compensate for the difference in illumination. I personally use F.lux, and since I’ve started using it I’ve noticed that my eyes hurt a lot less, and I actually feel sleepy when I should, even if I have to work late.

How to Train Yourself to Wake Up Early

Vanessa Davis

Vanessa Davis is a former personal trainer, mother of two and blog writer at www.diet.st. When she isn’t writing she usually spends her free time playing with her children and her dogs. Vanessa Davis is a former personal trainer, mother of two and blog writer at www.diet.st. When she isn’t writing she usually spends her free time playing with her children and her dogs.

 

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Lyne is happily married and has two teenagers: a 19 year old son and a 22 year old daughter. She is a Certified Infant Massage Instructor (CIMI), Certified Professional Wedding Consultant, and an Event Planner. It has always been her dream to create a website dedicated just for Moms since her children were young. Thus, after 10 years, she finally accomplished it, and the Ottawa Mommy Club was born in May 2011. She was also the Queen B of the BConnected Conference, Canada's Digital Influencer and social media Conference in Ottawa and Toronto. She coordinated the Annual Infant Information Day/Early Years Expo for the City of Ottawa for 8 years. She was also the co-chair of the Navan for Kraft Hockeyville 2009-2011 committee that organized five community events within 6 months, and helped Navan reach the top 10 finalists in Canada. In April 2011, she received the Mayor's City Builder Award.

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  1. loriag says:

    Very interesting points on sleep and routines. I admit I am a bad one for having my laptop next to me at night.

  2. Erin N says:

    Great advice. I need to put my phone away at bedtime – never thought of that. Sweet dreams 🙂

  3. Nate says:

    Great tips I need to follow

  4. Elizabeth Matthiesen says:

    Great tips – me I need 3 alarm clocks and often don’t hear them but then I don’t need to get up since I’m retired.

  5. LisaM says:

    The no smart phones in bed is going to be the hardest for me. It’s my alarm clock now!

  6. jan says:

    Walking up early is something I love. Didn’t do it for years after the kids got older and I really did have to ‘train’ myself again.

  7. AD says:

    Or have kids! LOL! Great tips, I have reduced my caffeine intake substantially and its helped!

  8. Donna L. says:

    Good tips. Will limit my use of devices near bedtime.

  9. Debbie White Beattie says:

    Your tips wouldn’t work for me because I’m up all night and doing contests and watching TV. I’ve tried to change but it never works

  10. Carole D says:

    Great advice! I have the hardest time to fall asleep,once asleep I’m good. I have to wait when I know I’m ready. No caffeine and sugar pass 5PM still not helping. My mind is so active…

  11. Sab Edwards says:

    I wish I could actually sleep in but as you age, you need less sleep it seems and even though my work shift only starts at noon, quite a few days I’m awake at 6am (And yes, I stay up late, after midnight sometimes and NO, I don’t have a laptop or phone in bed with me)

  12. DebH says:

    Great tips to try!

  13. I have a hard time waking up in the morning. I should probably cut down on my caffeine intake.

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