You may have heard the quote from Benjamin Franklin, “Early to bed and early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise”. It’s probably no surprise to hear that people who wake up earlier are healthier and more successful. There’s a reason why so many entrepreneurs take advantage of the early morning hours.
Don’t worry if you’re one who is guilty of hitting the snooze 10 times or if you enjoy sleeping in until 11 AM. Not all hope is lost! While waking up at 6 AM every single morning may seem impossible right now, the adjustment actually isn’t as hard as you think.
If you’d like to make the change to becoming an early morning person, you first have to kick your “I’m not a morning person.” mindset to the curb. I can guarantee that that is one of the main things preventing you from waking up early. Additionally, the following tips will help you set yourself up for a successful morning.
FIND A REASON TO BE EXCITED IN THE MORNING
Do you have a hard time sleeping the night before you leave on a vacation? As soon as the alarm goes off at 4:30 AM the next morning are you excited and ready to board your flight? If you’re like most people, I can guarantee you feel this way. So wouldn’t it be nice if you felt that eager to start the day, every day?
Instead of falling asleep at night counting the mere five hours of sleep you’ll be getting, or waking up in the morning dreading the fact that you have to get out of bed, give yourself a reason to be excited each day. Whether you plan a relaxing meditation session or you treat yourself to your favorite breakfast, giving yourself a good reason to get out of bed in the morning will make it that much easier to do so.
MOVE THE ALARM CLOCK
This is one of those tips that I’m sure you’ve heard many, many times, because it works! Even though it can be rough at first to leave a warm bed to turn off the alarm clock, the simple movement of getting out of bed will instantly make you feel more energized. And once you’re out of bed you’ll be much more likely to stay out of bed, instead of just hitting the snooze button over and over again.
KEEP THE PHONE OUT OF THE BEDROOM
If you’re like the average smartphone user, you are probably guilty of checking Facebook or reading work emails right before bed. The majority of smartphone users fall asleep to the bright screen of their phones right before they hit the hay. Not only does this habit cause you to feel more stressed when you fall asleep, but it also makes it that much harder to sleep at night. Additionally, the light that your smartphone screen producesb inhibits the production of melatonin in your brain—the hormone that regulates sleep. Trying to sleep right after using your smartphone can cause your body to become confused, which can disturb your sleep cycle during the night.
The best way to give your body a good night’s sleep is to put away all electronics 1-2 hours before you go to bed. Instead of watching YouTube videos until midnight, pick up a good book or practice some yoga. This will help you feel more relaxed and you’ll be able to sleep better. It is also a good idea to not charge your phone on the night stand right by the bed, but instead place it on the other side of the room or in another room. Limiting screen time before bed is a sure-fire way of giving your body the rest it needs.
BUILD THE HABIT SLOWLY
It takes 66 days to build a habit. If you decide to start waking up at 5 AM tomorrow morning, when you were previously sleeping in until 10, you are setting yourself up for failure. While you may be able to keep the habit up for a week, before you know it you’ll be set in your old ways again. Habits are hard to create, which is why taking baby steps is the best way to cement them. Instead of waking up at 5 AM out of the blue, start by waking up 10 to 15 minutes earlier each day. Once you get used to waking up 15 minutes earlier, start waking up 30 minutes earlier and slowly increase that time, until you reach your desired wake up time. To make the transition a little less painful, plan your bedtime so you can get the recommended 7 to 8 hours of sleep.
While waking up early doesn’t come naturally for everyone, becoming a morning person is a guaranteed way set you up for success as an entrepreneur. By following these tips you’ll be able to transform your mornings into the best part of your day!