11 Simple Tips To Become An Early Riser

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Sleep early, rise early. Stick to a strict sleep schedule, even on weekends. Avoid heavy food just before bed as it channels energy away to digestion, stealing energy needed for your body's repair. Avoid caffeinated drinks in the afternoon. Though a few drinks might help you pass out but you are deprived of restorative REM sleep. Challenge yourself to rise early. Keep your alarm clock out of reach.

Not a morning person? These easy tips will help you to get out of bed along with the early risers! An early riser seems to have it easy…They always look full of energy, and on top of their work schedule.

It is 9am and the early risers look like they have just come back from an island holiday, bright eyed and bushy tailed, while you are behind on your deadline and on your 3rd coffee for the morning already.

Do not waste energy on feeling jealous. We found out the best tips, so, just have a read and start to implement some of these tips into your schedule. Pretty soon you will be joining the early risers club!

11 Simple Tips To Wake Up Early

1. Go To Bed Earlier

Probably the biggest detractor from getting up early is not getting enough sleep. It does not take a genius to work out that if you do not go to bed so late, you won’t need to sleep late either.

Do you really need to be staying up until midnight or later, particularly on a work night? We are willing to bet that you are not actually doing anything productive or beneficial.

The TV shows and social media can wait; stop wasting your time. You will be surprised by how great you feel once you get into an early sleep routine.

2. Have A Consistent Sleep Schedule

Your body thrives on routine. That is why you get hungry at certain times – your body has been trained to expect it! Establishing a proper sleeping schedule is no different.

Furthermore, having a routine will make it easier to get up early. The bad news is that you should start getting up at the same time everyday, including weekends.

We know this may be a struggle, but if you do not do this, your body will be constantly confused about when it should wake up, and getting up early will be all the more difficult.

3. Never Eat Before Bed

We know that a quick pre-bed snack can be tempting, but this is an incredibly bad idea if you want to wake up earlier and feel rested at the same time.

Sleep is a time for your body to rest, repair and recharge. It is not a time for digestion. This is because it takes up far too much energy, which can make falling asleep more difficult.

If you do manage to visit the land of nod, food digestion will rob you of the strength you are supposed to be regaining.

Even if you do get a full eight hours of sleep, you will wake up feeling tired and drained. You certainly won’t feel like getting up early. In short – put the cookie down!

4. Reduce Your Caffeine Intake

This may be an obvious one, but it is definitely worth mentioning. Less caffeine means that you won’t still be riding its high at 11:30 p.m.

Start by eliminating any kind of caffeinated beverage in the afternoons. We know that this can make life difficult when the mid-afternoon sets in, but you need to resist the urge!

If you have started going to bed earlier, you hopefully won’t get these kind of tired attacks anymore anyway. If you really feel like you need some kind of ‘pick me up,’ try an energizing snack like almonds instead.

5. Never Drink Before Bed

A little sip before bed may seem like a good idea, particularly if you have not yet cut out that afternoon coffee. Despite what people say, drinking alcohol before bed will not help you sleep well, even if it does make you pass out.

What it will do, however, is increase your deep sleep cycle and rob you of REM (Rapid Eye Movement) sleep. Because of this, you will feel tired when your alarm clock goes off and be all the more tempted to hit the ‘snooze’ button.

As a side note, REM sleep is also needed for proper learning and memory function, so you definitely want to get enough of it.

6. Have A Good Reason To Get Up Early

Getting up early requires motivation, at least initially. Give yourself a good reason to do it. This could be anything from getting tasks done to having something to look forward to.

Get up because you need to get stuff done, but make sure you also give yourself a little motivational rewards, whether it be allotted time for a TV show, or a nice brisk walk.

7. Turn Your Reason Into A Challenge

Now that you have a reason to be up, make it a challenge! Do not let yourself fall into a rut or break the routine.

Tell yourself that you can and will get up early to complete these tasks and that you are capable of turning this into a habit. The only person that can truly hold you back is yourself.

8. Start Working Out

Exercise is a fantastic tool for waking up early, firstly because a good workout in the afternoon or evening will leave your body rested and in need of an early sleep.

Secondly, working out early in the morning will make you feel energized and ready to conquer the rest of the day.

These two ideas may seem to negate each other, but we can assure you that they will work in both circumstances.

9. Make Sure Your Alarm Clock Is Out of Reach

The oldest trick in the book is sometimes the most effective. Force yourself to get out of bed by putting that pesky alarm clock out across the other side of the room.

And do not forget to choose the alarm tone that irritates you the most!

10. Go To Bed Calm And Relaxed

Going to bed wound up and stressed will only serve to keep you awake, regardless of how tired you are. Try to go to bed calm and relaxed.

If you need a little help in this area, we would recommend yoga, meditation or even a simple relaxing tea such as chamomile.

11. Have An Exciting Breakfast Planned

When all else fails, food is the answer! Seriously, we are far more motivated to get out of bed if you know you have something delicious to eat for breakfast.

Now, just because we say ‘delicious’ and ‘exciting’ does not mean it has to be complicated. We can get excited over a smoothie and juice made from fresh fruit.

If drinking your breakfast is not your style, a simple bacon and eggs or some crunchy muesli can do the trick. Just make sure it is something that you will look forward to, that way you will be more likely to get up for it.

Keren Trabelsi

Keren Trabelsi is the originator of the Bellabaci Body and Facial Massage Systems and CEO of Bellabaci International, a South African company located in Cape Town. She is an experienced, certified therapeutic massage therapist, beauty and health spa owner, wife and mother to two beautiful girls.

Keren Trabelsi

Keren Trabelsi is the originator of the Bellabaci Body and Facial Massage Systems and CEO of Bellabaci International, a South African company located in Cape Town. She is an experienced, certified therapeutic massage therapist, beauty and health spa owner, wife and mother to two beautiful girls.