You might be very good at sleeping for five hours and then waking up super early, even though your body isn’t rested, but this is not a sustainable routine. Maybe you’ll have no problem with sleeping this way for a week or so, after that exhaustion will kick in and your health will be in danger. Even if you’re not keen on the idea of going to bed at 10 or 11 pm, it will have to happen if you want to get enough sleep to function normally the morning after. Maybe you’re not used to hitting the sack so early, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try, even though it might mean you’ll be staring at the ceiling for a while in the first couple of nights. After that, exhaustion from not sleeping enough will take the best of you and you will sleep like a baby and voila, new sleeping habits are already in the making. If you want to help yourself even more, do things that relax you before going to bed – have a warm bath, do some gentle night time yoga, read or do whatever feels right to you.
Have a Great Morning Routine
Maintaining a healthy and productive morning routine isn’t just helpful when you’re training yourself to wake up early, it also allows you to set a foundation for a successful day. Morning rituals are a bit different to everyone, so if you haven’t really had them before, now is the time to start experimenting and thinking about what would feel good. Waking up before the rest of the world gives you an edge, so that you can get outside and exercise in peace, make yourself a healthy fulfilling breakfast, take a shower, meditate, have your morning coffee, anything and everything will work. How does this affect your habit of waking up early? You’ll want to rise early and be up and about, it gives you more quality alone time and when you’re doing something for yourself, it won’t be that difficult, even when what you’re doing is getting out of the warm comfortable bed calling out to you.
Banish the Internet
Millions of humans on the planet go to bed with their smartphones faithfully resting on their pillow, which allows them to browse the web and social media until they fall asleep and from the moment they open their eyes. This habit can have seriously bad effects to our sleeping patterns and the quality of our sleep in general, so even if you go to bed on time, you still risk waking up tired. Don’t allow technology and social networks disrupt the peace you should have when you go to bed and when you wake up, there’s really no need for that. Leave all your gadgets in the other room and when you do get under your covers just relax instead of incessantly scrolling through your newsfeed.
It might be troublesome in the beginning, but waking up early has many more benefits than disadvantages and once you get the hang of it, you won’t be able to imagine your life without it. This might sound like an infomercial, but the truth is that our bodies and minds are hardwired to get up with the sun and go to sleep much earlier than we normally do and getting back to this balance will make all the difference. – Vanessa Davis
Vanessa Davis is a 32-year-old fitness enthusiast, mother of two and content writer at www.diet.st. She’s originally from Long Island, New York, and when she isn’t cooking up some new health and fitness article, she enjoys doing yoga and figuring out new, delicious organic recipes for herself and her kids.
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