How to Wake Up Earlier

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Not everyone is a morning person. Here are some tips on how to wake up earlier, if waking up early isn’t your forte.

Get Up One Minute Earlier Each Day

Your body clock doesn’t always like quick change when it comes to waking up earlier. If you constantly hit snooze when trying to get up early you may just need some time to adjust. If realistically you need to wake up at 7 am, but somehow manage to not get up until quarter to 8 and have to dash out the door.

Instead of trying to wake up at 7 am straight away, set alarms (and get up for them) one minute earlier each day. Motivate yourself with small changes to see big results in the long run.

Use Peer Pressure to Wake Up On Time

Setting a meeting with other early risers will allow you achieve your goal easier as you’ll be more obliged to get up to meet them. This gives you accountability as you won’t want to let them down. It also helps use biological signals, which is why you will normally wake up before your alarm for a flight or something important. As studies have shown our bodies can wake up naturally if we have something important to do.

Manipulate Your Behaviour to Make Waking Up Easier

Engineer your environment to help condition yourself to wake up earlier.

Some examples of how to do this include;

  • Put your alarm clock on the other side of the room so you’re forced to get up to have to turn it off
  • Set your coffee on a timer so it’s ready when you wake up
  • Lay out a warm dressing gown to put on as soon as you get up
  • Set a timer on your heating so it turns on before you wake up


Troubleshoot Your Faulty Morning Wake-Up Routine

If you’re not waking up on time despite setting alarms, then you may be doing something wrong.  Ask yourself;

  • What steps have you taken?
  • Why did they fail?
  • What could have been done differently?

Give Yourself an Irresistible Reason to Wake Up Early

If the reason that you want to get up earlier is to go for a morning run, but you hate running, then you are going to associate early mornings with something negative. Instead, start by doing things you enjoy in the early morning, at least until you get used to waking up early.

Track Your Progress

Tracking your progress is another way to hold yourself accountable. Get a calendar and for every day you wake up early mark an “X” on the day. When you start to see the “X’s” stacking up you will feel more motivated to get up earlier.


Brainwash Yourself with a Morning Persons Mantra

Stop telling yourself that “you’re just not a morning person.” As you may be the thing that’s holding you back. Instead change your belief system and tell yourself that you are. It’s not going to be easy for the first couple of weeks, but it will get easier.