For some mysterious reason, waking up early is one of the hardest habits to cultivate for almost any student I know. When I was a student myself, I managed to conquer this weakness of mine by applying these 10 tips that my mother taught me when I was very young. You can also use these easy tips to wake up early for school. Check them out!
- Create a compelling reason to wake up early.
It could be because of you want to have an amazing breakfast, or you want to check out and play with your cats or dogs, or you intend to get a head start in your day to get more work done. Almost all attempts to wake up early fail because they aren’t as strong enough to drive this habit change. If you really want to wake up early, you need to first have a strong reason on why you want to do it.
2. Cut out the stimulants that affect your sleep schedule, namely caffeine.
When you sip your favorite coffee from your mug, no matter how tired you are and no matter how late it is at night, you’ll find it hard to sleep because caffeine messes around with your internal system and then your quality of sleep, which subsequently affects your waking time.
3. Make a transition.
If you always wake up at 10 to 11 in the morning, it isn’t too realistic to expect that you will be able to immediately wake up at 5 morning the next day. Start off by improving your waking time by 15 minutes to 30 minutes from your normal time every day until you reach your goal. It may take a while, but you’ll get there eventually.
4. Create a reward for accomplishing this goal.
Who doesn’t love rewards? Of course, a reward creates additional motivation. I’d say the best reward for you to wake up early in the morning is a good plate of delicious breakfast! However, if you are satisfy with tip #1 and have a compelling enough reason to wake up early, a reward wouldn’t be necessary.
5. Sleep early.
Don’t our mothers always tell us that? Be realistic – if you target to wake up at 5 a.m., don’t turn in at only 1 a.m. the night before expecting to be successful in waking up on time. You are more than likely going to crash in your goal. Sleep early and have sufficient sleep, you’ll find waking up early becomes a significantly easier task.
6. Set your alarm clock (with the correct time).
Let’s be real. We tend to wake up late because we forget to set our alarm clock or we set our alarm time wrongly! If you are trying to get into a new sleeping routine, an alarm clock is going to be essential in the first few weeks. Once you get into the hang of it, you will likely start waking up automatically at around the same time every day without it.
7. Set multiple alarm clocks.
You could either have a set of alarm clocks on your mobile-phone (3 to 5 alarm clocks at the same or different times) and set them 5 minutes apart from each other. You can also set an alarm clock on your laptop as well. Don’t just depend on your mobile-phone or on just one alarm clock especially if you are a heavy sleeper.
8. Set them afar.
Put your alarm clock(s) as far as you can, but make sure they are still audible and that you may still be able to hear them when they ring. And when they ring, you will need to get off of your bed to reach it and that’s the whole point of this tip. This helps to activate your body from its sleepy state. Of course, don’t go back to bed after you turn it off!
9. Have your favorite music on.
Switch your alarm to your favorite music (most mobile phones today have this function). Lindsey Stirling and her violin have helped me a lot with this tip. What better way to wake up to a new day than to listen to your favorite song? By the time the music finishes playing, you will be more awake and ready to get up.
10. Establish it as a daily habit.
Make it a habit because it’ll teach your body to depend on its own and it will make your life much easier, trust me. Don’t just make it a one time thing. If you keep having to balance around different timing schedules on weekdays and weekends, your body clock has to constantly adjust and it makes your task much harder.
Honestly speaking, the tips above that worked best for me are #1, #2, #5, #7 and #10. Don’t just use 1 or 2 of the above tips. As you already know, waking up early can be a monumental task in itself. Combine as many of the tips to drive your chances of success! Try them out, and when you do, let me know the result and which tip works best for you! You can do it and all the best!
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