How to get up earlier
Hands up who likes getting up early? Yeah me neither. I have to be physically dragged from the bed in the morning, forced into some sort of consciousness with cup of tea thrust into my hand. If this ritual doesn’t happen, my getting out of bed also does not happen. But I kind of like the idea of getting up early, rising with the birds and what not. I imagine the birds and I would have a jolly time of it sitting outside with a pot of tea, reading the paper and watching the sun rise. So I’ve done a bit of investigating about it, stumbled across some amazing blogs and ideas – so here goes.
Lower your expectations and make the change gradual. Start off easing the time you get up forward by 15 minutes. That should be little enough that you don’t feel much impact. If you go from a cushdy 8am start to a hair-raising 6am I guarantee you will feel it during the day, and if you continue on that track it will only make you feel worse over the next few days. So take it slow and ease yourself in by setting your alarm earlier by 10-15 minutes every few days. Gradually you’ll start to get used to it, and it won’t be painful anymore – it’s tricky business changing your sleeping patterns.
Ok, so you’ve got used to the earlier alarm, but it’s still a mission to physically get out of bed. So why am I generally quite happy to get up reasonably early on a Saturday (by weekend standards of course)? It’s because I have something to look forward to – whether it’s dossing in front of the TV, having a naughty breakfast or going out somewhere fun. So during the week a good idea is to inject a bit of fun into each and every morning; give yourself something to look forward to when the alarm goes off. It can be as simple as setting the coffee maker to come on, getting a new cereal, trying out a yoga routine or going for a run – whatever makes you tick.
Waking up the brain
Try stretching when you’re in bed – it makes the blood rush through and wakes up your muscles. It’s quite an effective way of getting yourself out of the sleepy fog. You could also try putting your alarm at the opposite side of the room so you have to get up to turn it off – cruel to be kind! Don’t forget you’ve spent all night without drinking so you’ll be dehydrated by the morning. Have a glass of water on your bedside, or a freshly made cup of tea, it’ll wake you up. Perhaps keep a dream diary; doing something creative in the morning is a great way to wake you up and a good use of time.
Getting to sleep
We still all desperately need to get the right amount of sleep – it’s a bandied-about topic but it really is very important to your mental and physical health. So if you’re taking the plunge and getting up earlier, make sure you’re getting to bed earlier as well. We all know having a dreamy mattress and bedding helps you to fall asleep, and just as importantly helps you to feel refreshed and bright-eyed in the morning. You might find doing it gradually helps as well – so when you get up earlier by 15 minutes, get to sleep earlier by 15 minutes. Then nothing’s a big shock to the system.
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March 17th 2014