You don’t have to naturally be an early bird to become one. Make the following changes to your daily routine and environment and give yourself a little time to adjust and you, too, can be one who effortlessly gets the proverbial worm.
1. Go to bed early.
Yes, it’s a given, but it’s important enough to emphasize; in order to wake up early and feel refreshed, you must go to bed early enough to get a full night’s sleep. Additionally, you should make your bedtime consistent every night in order to create a pattern that you will instinctively follow if repeated long enough.
2. Wake up at the same time every day.
Just as too little sleep makes you tired, too much sleep does the same thing. Plus, if you don’t create a pattern for your body to follow, it will resist your early-bird intentions. Wake up at the same time every day, including weekends, until your body adjusts and ultimately, you may not need a wake-up call at all.
3. Get a relentless alarm clock.
The yin to the above tip’s yang, you aren’t likely to get up early if you can perpetually hit the snooze button. Find a fool-proof way to make sure you wake when you are supposed to—without delay—and you’re on your way to morning person status.
4. Don’t drink caffeine or excessive alcohol in the evening.
All your good intentions will be foiled if you drink the wrong beverages. Caffeine obviously keeps you perky, which is great up until the time you’re ready to go to sleep. Don’t drink any after noon, especially when you’re starting out your new routine, to give you better snoozing odds. Alcohol, too, can foil best-laid sleeping plans. It may help you get groggy, but later it disrupts sleep, causing exhaustion that lingers into the next day.
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