Wake Up Naturally:
You can rewire your brain to wake up earlier within 3 weeks. If you rolled out of bed one hour earlier each morning you’d have an extra 30 hours each month. This could be 30 hours to read, exercise, socialise or study.
The possibility of more active hours in the day and the added bonus of each beginning without the annoying noise of an alarm sounds too good to be true.
I knew I had to make a change when I was setting multiple alarms to wake up. One particular evening, I had an early job interview so set three alarms 5 minutes apart. But I had accidentally set them for a week later!
Of course, I awoke frantically to find my phone amongst the scattered interview preparation to see that it was 20 minutes away. Luckily, the interview was over Skype so I need only make my top-half look presentable and jump online. I’m sure I am not the only one who has found themselves in a similar situation.
But these frenzied mornings can be avoided. Your body can wake up early in the mornings naturally, feeling refreshed and ready to hit the day with these 3 steps:
1. Go to bed at a reasonable hour. Miranda Kerr preaches that each hour of sleep before midnight is worth 2 hours of beauty sleep. It certainly works for her. This secret allows your body to wake up rejuvenated and happy to leave bed behind.
2. Keep your blinds open. Rise with the sun and allow the light to gently awaken you. Why not open your window a little and listen to the birds sing as well?
3. Wake up at the same time each day. Keep up the effort for at least 3 weeks as this will set your body in to a rhythm. A simple habit takes 21 days to establish (Maltz 1960). At first, you’ll need an alarm but eventually your brain will be wired to go it alone.
I aim to turn off all electronics and harsh light by 9.30pm and get to bed by 10.30pm. This allows me the nine hours of sleep that my body requires to be functioning optimally. Though many people need only 7-8 hours.
Don’t put too much pressure on yourself; it is okay if life gets in the way of your routine sometimes. Challenge yourself. See if you can create a new habit within 3 weeks; go to bed earlier, keep your blinds open and take note of the energy you have in the mornings.
Have you ever tried to wake up earlier? How successful were you? Let me know in the comments below!
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