Why You Should Be Waking Up Earlier
How to Embrace Being Tired And Take Control of Your Day
Another Tuesday morning.
Another day of work.
The alarm goes off. Snooze.
Off again. Snooze (but just one more time.) Off again. (Okay, snooze one last time.) At the third buzz, you reluctantly toss the covers aside and slide out of bed, taking slow, baby steps towards the bathroom.
You get to work and greet everyone else, likely in shared misery of fatigue, lamenting about not enough sleep, and you caffeinate your way through the day, only to wake up and repeat the same, tired routine tomorrow morning.
What if the answer to fighting morning fatigue was actually to wake up earlier?
For many working people, the thought of waking up earlier than they already do is downright preposterous. The logic goes, “If I’m already tired at 6 a.m., I’m going to be more tired at 5, or even 5:30 a.m., and there’s no reason to put myself through that.”
And part of this logic is indeed, logical: it’s entirely likely that you could feel more tired if you woke up earlier. (There is a slight possibility, however, that you may actually be equally as tired or even less tired, depending on your sleep cycle and where in that cycle you are when your alarm interrupts it and wakes you.)
The part that is not so logical, though, is believing there is no reason to “put oneself through that.” (“That” being the tiredness we anticipate we will feel upon rising at an earlier hour.)
What if it wasn’t about avoiding feeling tired, but about being in control of our time and tiredness?
What does that mean?
It means if you’re going to be tired at 5:30 a.m. and tired at 6 a.m., (which you are) then what’s the difference? Even waking up at 7 a.m., we often feel tired. Being tired, feeling sleepy — they’re unfortunately rather unavoidable outside of truly sleeping in, which is not really any option during the work week.
The real problem with being tired is that when we feel tired, we’re often not in control of our time.
I wake up well before I need to be somewhere, not because it’s easy and not because I’m not tired, but because I want to be in control of my time in the mornings. If I’m going to be tired, at least let me be doing what I want to be doing while I’m tired.
It changes your whole day when you begin it not in a place of forced slothing, but in a place of choice.
Again, for most working people, the idea of waking up early is one that is considered merely a great idea in theory. It sounds great… for someone else.
We can’t fathom actually doing it because we are blinded by the immense tiredness we already feel waking up at the hour at which we currently rise. We’re clouded by the fear of fatigue… more fatigue than we already feel.
But if tiredness is a given (which it almost always is) wouldn’t you at least like to be in charge? You are powerless after the 3rd alarm snooze, forced to get up.
Forced to follow your routine step after step.
There is no choice in what you get to do to start your day.
There are exactly enough minutes upon waking to getting to work to get your duties done.
Where is the time you get to pick what to do? Wouldn’t having that option — that choice — make a difference in the way your morning unfolded? Wouldn’t being in control of your time while you were tired make a difference in the way you perceived being tired?
Build some control of your time into your morning. Give yourself an extra 30 minutes and an opportunity to make a choice or two. Don’t make “not being tired” the goal.
Simply find a way to make “being tired” not so miserable.