I used to sleep late into the morning … that was my habit and I was fine with it … until I wasn’t.
You have probably heard the saying, “you cannot expect any change if you keep doing things the same way.”
So, I decided I needed to make a change and wake up early. My fear with waking up early was that I was going to wake up tired because I didn’t get enough sleep.
But I quickly found out my thinking was fallacious … all I had to do was do it the right way if I wanted to wake up at 5:30 a.m without feeling tired.
So, how do I wake up at 5:30 a.m everyday without feeling tired?
I sleep early
“Early to bed and early to rise.” It is as simple as that. Medical practitioners have made it clear that adults need at least 6 hours sleep. In fact, many hammer on 8 hours sleep.
So if I wanted to achieve waking up at 5:30 am and want my body to agree with me, I had to sleep early so I can achieve the healthy number of hours of sleep.
If I slept at midnight or after, I would be losing that. By the time I wake up in the morning, my body is very much at rest.
I stay hydrated
The importance of water in keeping us feeling refreshed cannot be overemphasised. Taking too much water at night is largely discouraged because it will result in having to relieve oneself often throughout the night.
I said this because I am sure most people, after seeing this on the list, will want to fall into the temptation of stuffing themselves with water at night before they sleep.
I also fell into that trap. No, the idea is to stay hydrated throughout so you feel refreshed even before you lay down to sleep. Taking water first thing in the morning will also help you feel more awake and ready to take on the day.
I try to stay relaxed at night
Our body is interconnected and the brain always sends message to different parts of the body based on the message we put out. If you are partying at night, you are practically communicating to your brain that you are not ready to sleep.
So, I try to stay relaxed at night to send the right message to my brain. Reading a book, meditating, listening to calm and soothing music, taking a warm bath are some of the things I do at night.
Some people relax by watching a movie or TV but many people don’t relax by watching a screen. If you fall in that category, then you should stay away from your phone, computer or TV.
I avoid caffeinated drinks and alcohol
This goes without saying; people drink caffeinated drinks when they want to stay awake and not when they want to sleep. I avoid all these by evening, so my body can relax to sleep early at night.
The issue with this is when you take them, even when you eventually sleep, you are likely to wake up feeling groggy and tired.
I do it consistently:
If you want to wake up early, you have to do it consistently. Anybody can build a habit and after a while, your body will adopt.
When I started at first, I had to do my night ritual to stay relaxed and call on sleep because prior to that, I was sleeping after midnight.
But after about a week, I naturally started feeling sleepy at the time I needed to sleep and I woke up right before my alarm goes off. My body got used to it because of my consistency.
I prepare for the next day at night
The idea is to wake up feeling relaxed, so I didn’t want to wake up and have to start panicking doing so many things in the morning to meet up with time.
So I did so many things that I could do to prepare for the next day at night. For instance, I get my cloth ready and already make a plan on what to have for breakfast, so I don’t wake up rushing into the day.
I relax before I get up in the morning: I don’t get up immediately I wake up; I actually relax. I wake up, stay in bed for about 30 minutes, just relaxing, praying and meditating before I stand up to start my day.
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