10 Ways to Become an Early Riser

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10 Ways to Become an Early Riser

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10 Ways to Become an Early Riser

The most successful people are early risers!

 1. Have your breakfast planned. If you are anticipating a delicious breakfast then it’s an incentive to wake up and enjoy some great tasting food. Try to incorporate a delicious smoothie or whatever it is that makes you want to wake up and attack the day.

2. Go to bed calm and wake up calm. Find 5-10 minutes during the day that allows you to diffuse and relieve stress. Taking a yoga or meditation class can teach stress management techniques. Learning how to take it easy is the ultimate key. Be open to exploring different options. Personally, I like to listen to jazz. It calms me down and makes me feel relaxed. Works like a charm.

3. Workout. If you are an early bird and can go for a workout in the morning, then you are a champion! I like to workout in the evening, take a long shower, and jump into bed. Find the best combination that works for you and stick with it.

4. Make a challenge for the day. If you can set a small goal for each day, then you are more likely to wake up earlier to achieve that goal. If you are a competitive person, use this as fuel to get up and make it a personal challenge.

5. The further the better. Be sure that your alarm clock is far out of reach! Strategically place your alarm clock away from your bed so you have to physically get up to turn it off. Having to get out of bed to turn it off will make you more likely to stay awake. Just resist the urge to jump back into bed. This little trick works great!

6. Don’t drink before getting into bed. That one little glass of wine may seem like it’s relaxing and harmless. However, it may affect your REM sleep. It can put you into a deeper sleep cycle and shorten your REM sleep. REM sleep is required for memory and learning so getting plenty of it is beneficial!

7. Caffeine and sleep don’t mix. It can seem like common sense but some may not know that caffeine is a stimulant that boosts energy. Having it right before bed can make you feel jittery and cause racing thoughts, making it difficult to fall asleep. If you need it as a mid-day pick-me-up that’s understandable, but right before bed is a no no!

8. Get in bed earlier. Since it might take some of us longer to fall asleep than others, plan ahead. If you are a person that likes to watch a couple of television shows before bed, then plan for this. The amount of sleep needed is different for each of us, but planning around our habits is key.

9. Make sleep habitual. Sleep is necessary but you can form some unnecessary habits. Habits can be hard patterns to break. If you can make your sleep schedule consistent then your body’s internal alarm clock will begin to automatically set.

10. Be a Compass! Always try to be the best version of you. Develop healthy habits so you can enjoy loved ones and maximize the opportunities that each day has to offer! Be an inspiration that others look up to and guide them in the right direction.

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