Waking up early is easy. You don’t need any special app or technique for this. All you need is patience. No matter how much you are used to waking up late, this guide will help you wake up at your desired time.
1. Patience — Let the process take time
Patience is the key.
You have been waking up late for months and years, so don’t expect your body to adjust to waking up early within a day or two.
If you have been waking up at 11 am, then aim for 10:30 am tomorrow.
Day after tomorrow, aim for 10:00 am and gradually bring it down to your desired time.
Let it take time. I used to wake up at 9. It took me like a week to start waking up at 5.
2. Sleep early
This can’t be avoided. Your body needs at least 6 hours of sleep. Try to go to bed 30 minutes earlier than usual. Keep reducing the time by 30 minutes as discussed in the first point. Gradually you will make it to your desired time.
There is no substitute for this.
Drink a glass or two of water before going to bed. Besides keeping your body hydrated, it works as a natural alarm clock.
I drink 2 glasses of water. The pressure almost always wakes me up at the right time. Try it, it works.
4. Feel the urgency
This one is quite weird but surprisingly, it works. Before going to bed, I tell myself that no matter what, I must wake up by 5. I repeat it 3 or 4 times before falling asleep. I don’t know how it works but that feeling of urgency works almost always! Perhaps it works subconsciously. Although I don’t need to do it anymore but I still do it sometimes.
So, that’s it. A short and sweet guide to waking up early and fresh!
- Patience is the key. Try to wake up 30 minutes earlier than the day before and repeat it until you reach your desired time.
- Sleep early.
- Drink a glass or two of water before going to bed.
- Feel the urgency of waking up early.
Note: If you think that because a lot of successful people wake up early, so waking up early is linked to success, then you are wrong. A night owl can be just as productive and successful as an early bird. Focused people don’t keep track of time. They keep track of their work and their habits. More on that later :)