BENEFITS OF AN EARLY RISER
- More Organized- Rising earlier and laying out your day in advance creates a series of approachable goals that you can dive right into. Worrying about traffic and your kids untied shoelaces are much more easy to deal with when you aren’t trying to remember a half dozen things while you run out the door.
- More time to exercise-How many of you have started an evening workout routine and made promises to yourself about visiting the gym every evening only to watch them die a tragic death? By the end of a long workday, we are typically mentally and physically exhausted, and the thought of exerting ourselves further is enough to make you want to crawl straight into bed. Also, evenings are often filled with schoolwork and family, leaving little time for extras such as exercise. Starting your day with a workout cuts your early evening fatigue out of the equation. Exercise releases endorphins too, which area feel-good hormones: making you start your day out in a good mood as well. When you exercise in the morning, you’re less likely to have an excuse. Plus, you’ll find that your morning workout will keep you energized all day long.
- Better, Deeper Rest-When you get yourself into a consistent cycle of rising and waking, you increase the effectiveness of the natural sleep stages your body needs to heal and promote healthy brain function. Plus, your body is physically able to regenerate and heal when well-rested.
- Quiet time- all the kids are asleep you can read your devotion drink you coffee In piece! Sometimes it amazes me that not everyone gets up earlier. It’s a miracle how quiet the world is first thing in the morning. Not only are there zero distractions, which will allow you to enjoy peace and quiet, but you’ll also find that your daily commute is easier if you leave an hour earlier and beat all the traffic.
9 Tips on How to Get up Early
1. Start slowly
If you typically wake up at 8 am and decide that tomorrow you want to be out of bed by 5 am, you’re setting yourself up for failure. Instead, try waking up just 15 minutes earlier each day. Within a week, you’ll have worked your way up to almost two hours!
2. Go to Sleep early
Start going to bed earlier than you normally would. That way you’ll get enough hours of sleep, and you won’t feel deprived when the alarm goes off. If you’re not tired when it’s time to catch some zzz’s, read a few pages of a book, especially a boring one, and you’ll be dreaming in no time.
3. Set an alarm clock
Unless you naturally wake up at your goal time every morning, you’re going to need to set an alarm. I recommend putting it across the room, so you have to get out of bed to turn it off. I also set the alarm to play an inspirational or energetic song to help get me out of bed. Something with a positive message or an upbeat sound is much better to wake up to than a series of annoying beeps.
4. Step out of the bedroom
We’ve all turned off our alarm and crawled right back into bed. It’s so warm and comfy, right?
Instead, leave your bedroom. Whether it’s a trip to the bathroom or the coffee maker, once you’ve put enough distance between you and that blissful amazing bed you’ll find that you’re awake enough to start the day.
5. Have a good reason
Your long list of emergencies is not the driver that should spring you out of bed every morning. Instead, think of something positive that you plan on accomplishing. Maybe you can tell yourself something like you’ll get to leave work early if you get to work earlier. Or if you enjoy time with God but don’t often make the time, use that as a reason to get up and start your day.
6. Consider it as a reward
By rising early, you’re rewarding yourself. Try to remember that. If that’s enough of a motivation, bribe yourself with a treat from your favorite coffee shop obviously a low cal coffee lol or an extra long shower if you manage to get out of bed on time and without pressing snooze.
7. Use the extra time wisely
Is there a book you’ve wanted to read or an online class you’ve been considering enrolling in? Use the extra time you get in the morning to do something that helps you grow and improve.
8. Eat less before bedtime
Even though eating before bed can make you sleepy, it’s also been known to disrupt your sleep. If your tummy is grumbling, try a soothing cup of herbal tea instead of a snack.
9. Make a firm decision to get up
Even if you tell yourself the night before that you plan on rising before dawn, it’s almost like you have a second personality that takes over when the alarm goes off and urges you to go back to sleep. To avoid that evil monster living inside your brain, you’re going to have to be firm. If you can’t reason with it, then you’ll need to set up external cues in your environment. I recommend putting a reminder on my phone about my commitment or laying out exercise clothes the night before, so I’m all ready to start my day as soon as I wake up.
Frequently Asked Questions
What is the best time to wake up?
The answers to this question will vary depending on whom you ask. However, the medical community generally agrees that the best time to wake up is at sunrise.
Set a time that you plan to wake up and stick to it.
What are the effects of waking up late?
Besides having to rush around and feel like you’re playing catch up all day, the harmful effects of waking up late include having a hard time falling asleep when it’s time for bed and messing up your internal clock.
If you woke up each day of the week at 6 am and then slept in until 8 am or 9 am on Saturday, you’ve completely thrown off your clock, and you’ll feel effects similar to jet lag. When Sunday rolls around, and you try to resume your normal sleep schedule, you’re likely not to feel tired at bedtime, and in turn, you’ll be exhausted when the alarm goes off on Monday morning.
What’s the importance of a morning routine?
A morning routine sets the tone for your entire day. This is especially if you’re forcing yourself to get up early and you’re not naturally an early riser.
Having a set routine each morning will help you stay focused and productive. the first thing you do in the morning is to make your bed. It gives you a small win and that task as your first accomplishment of the day!
By now you should be convinced that there are countless benefits to getting up early and no negatives. Try it for a week and see what kind of a difference it makes in your attitude, energy levels, and productivity.