Trying to break the habits of a night owl to wake up first thing in the morning is difficult, so we composed a list of 17 easy ways to wake up earlier to help you out…
1. Set A Better Alarm
The most obvious way to wake up early is setting an alarm you actually listen too. But it’s tough, right?
You set an alarm for the time you want to wake and then when it comes, you find yourself making excuses for why you should get another 5, 10, or 30 minutes. Then, you wake up an hour later than when you wanted to.
Traditional alarms are often too abrupt and catch you at the worst time. Consider a gradual wake-up light alarm or an app that pays attention to your sleep cycle in order to wake you up at the best time.
2. Move Earlier Gradually
Unless there is a specific reason to start setting your alarm earlier, don’t move it hours at a time. Instead, try waking up 15 minutes earlier every day until your body starts to accept the change.
In just 4 days, you can move your wake up call 2 hours earlier and your body won’t hate you for the immediate change.
3. Ask A Friend To keep You Accountable
Many people make promises to themselves that they’re going to start a new healthy habit and stick to it, but it’s often a lot harder than it seems. Willpower is a muscle that needs to be worked too.
Finding a friend or family member who is also willing to make the same commitment will improve accountability and your ability to get the job done.
Look for someone who is actively trying to change their lifestyle and ask them if they’d be interested in improving together.
4. Coffeemaker Alarm
There’s nothing better than waking up to the smell of a fresh pot of coffee. It might just motivate you to jump out of bed and get that first cup.
No matter what some health experts spout, some people simply can’t get their day started without a good dose of caffeine. So set up the coffeemaker brewing alarm to ensure you have your coffee waiting on you when you stumble into the kitchen in the morning.
Not a fan of caffeine? There are other alternatives too.
5. Take A Cold Shower
A warm shower is usually the first thing on your mind when you first wake, but that same warm shower can make you even more tired. To help you quickly wake up, consider blasting yourself with 30 seconds of cold water to improve blood flow and shock the life into you.
Then, you can switch it right back to the warm water you enjoy. You can also try completely forgoing the hot water and doing a purely cold shower instead.
Either way, adding cold water to the morning routine can wake you up extremely effectively.
6. A Breakfast To Look Forward To
Coffee shouldn’t be your only tool when it comes to waking up in the morning. Oatmeal, leafy greens, eggs, and even water will help you feel more alert and revitalized in the morning.
Apples and bananas with peanut butter also offer a quick burst of energy with a lasting satiation effect. The natural fiber and sugars can help you wake up and stay awake.
7. Listen To Energizing Music
What better way to wake up quicker in the morning than to turn on your favorite tunes and have them blasting throughout the house? (Or playing in your ears if the rest of the family/roommates are sleeping)
Make a playlist of your favorite songs and artists and start them up as soon as you wake up. The right music can put some pip in your step and brighten your mood too!
8. Make Your Bed
The age-old suggestion from mom resurfaces once again… MAKE YOUR BED.
Making your bed in the morning gives you a quick sense of accomplishment. Plus, it will keep you from jumping right back in.
And if your entire day goes completely wrong, at least you did one thing right and you have a well-made bed to look forward to at the end of the day.
9. Start With A Workout
Starting your morning with a workout sounds a lot harder than it actually is, and it’s one of the best ways to get going.
And no, you don’t have to decide that tomorrow you’re going to start doing an hour workout every day. Start off with something small like a few jumping jacks, sit-ups, push-ups, and squats. You can move on to harder workouts once you adapt to your new morning routine.
10. Go To Bed Earlier
The biggest no brainer in this article is going to bed earlier. Which may sound simple on paper but can be really tough. If you are a night owl, (like so many are) try taking a few milligrams of melatonin 30 minutes before you lay down for bed.
If the melatonin doesn’t help, try waking up earlier one morning to set your sleep schedule back to normal. For instance, if you stay up every night until 2AM and sleep until noon, try waking up at the time you’d like to wake up tomorrow and stick to your guns.
Get up and stay up no matter how tired you think you are. By the end of the day, you will be begging to hit the pillow at an earlier time.
11. Make Waking Up Early A Reward
At first, it’s going to seem like you’re forcing yourself to do something hard, so you should find simple rewards for yourself to look forward to waking up early.
Try picking up a hot breakfast from a place you enjoy, reading a good book, or watching the sunrise. If rewards aren’t really your thing, consider getting a jump on the rest of your day. Knock out a few chores that you’ve been putting off or finish up some of the activities you had planned to do later in the week.
12. Keep The Schedule
You want to wake up earlier, but what will you do when you actually start waking up earlier? The more specific you are with your morning routine, the easier it will be to continuously execute it.
Everything should have its time and place.
Where will you put your alarm clock/phone? Do you get dressed or shower first? Do you brush your teeth before your shower? Do you even shower in the morning?
The more defined your routine is the more efficient waking up is going to become. Stop making unnecessary trips to random rooms in the home. Get your schedule down and stick to it.
Here is an example of a morning routine:
- Turn off the alarm.
- Go to the restroom.
- Drink a glass of water.
- Take off glasses and put in contacts.
- Shave, brush teeth, scrape tongue, mouthwash.
- Put on perfume/cologne.
- Style hair.
- Put on clothes.
- Head out.
13. Put The Alarm Clock Further Away
If your alarm clock is right next to your bed or on the bed, it’s almost a guarantee that you’re going to shut it off or hit snooze multiple times.
A new rule for you: NEVER HIT SNOOZE!
Put the alarm clock far away from your bed, so you’ll have to get up to shut it off. By the time you’ve walked across the room, you might as well stay up and get going.
14. Find A Stronger “Why?”
You aren’t going to stick to your guns on waking up earlier if “being more productive” is your only reason why.
Changing your rising habits is hard, and enduring tough mornings will take a good reason to commit to. Be really concise about what you want out of your early mornings.
Do you want to use the extra time to get ahead in work? To improve your fitness and health? To knock out the kid’s lunches and a few chores?
Come up with a good way to spend your mornings and really dig down deep for “why” you want to change.
15. Ditch The Electronics
This is possibly one of the hardest items to commit to your on this list because of how embedded electronics are in our daily life, but it can be one of the greatest game-changers.
No smartphone, no TV, and no tablet in the bedroom will keep you from laying in bed on social media or movie apps until early in the morning. You will start to get enough sleep naturally since there won’t be any distractions or FOMO when you lay your head down to rest.
You don’t really need to do anything extra to become an early bird, you only need to start eliminating all the obstacles in your way.
16. Get A Pet
If finding a friend to keep you accountable is out of the question, a pet is the next best thing. A hungry dog or cat in the morning might be the perfect thing to get you out of the bed.
They won’t forget breakfast time once you’ve established a routine with them. The downside is, they’re quite a bit of responsibility, but there are many more upsides to combat that.
Find the right dog or cat for you at your local shelter!
17. Have Realistic Expectations
“How long will it actually take to become an early riser?”
A frequently asked question with a simple answer. Stay dedicated to your new waking schedule and it will only take 4-5 days to adjust to your new schedule (even if it’s a BIG change).
What isn’t so simple is truly staying consistent for 5 consecutive days. Binge watching Netflix and Hulu while eating until 4AM isn’t going to do you any favors. Plus, in this case, you actually have two poor late habits – late night TV and food – which could lead to even more time to kick both habits.