Did you know that waking up earlier boosts your productivity? Have you tried it before? Many people desire to start their day before sunrise only to be disappointed at the end. Why? Waking up at 5 AM can be a daunting task. However, with the tips in this article, you will learn to prepare your mind to wake up at 5 AM for a productive day ahead. Ready to get started?
1. Have a good reason to wake up at 5 AM
Why do you want to wake up early? To make your day productive? To create more working hours? To prepare for the day? Needless to say, many people fail to wake up early because they don’t have a compelling reason to do so.
If you wake up at 5 AM without good cause, you will feel wasted and miserable. Therefore, always have a good reason for waking up earlier of you want your day to be eventful and enjoyable.
Remember, if you create that reason, you can wake up, however, sleepy you may be. Will you miss an interview simply because you are sleepy? It makes no sense to wake up to do something which is not fun for yourself. If your reason isn’t exciting at all, you will take waking up at 5 AM as a punishment that this will kill your motivation. Your reason should be irresistible!
2. Motivate yourself
Admittedly, changing your sleeping routine instantly is not easy. What do you need to do? You need to make slight adjustments day by day, and finally, you will achieve your desires.
Supposing you normally wake up at 7:00 AM, do you think you can break that routine and start waking up at 5 AM right away? No. You should shift to 6 AM, 5:30 AM and finally you will be there. As you progress, you will be motivated and as a result, you will be where you want to be.
Studies have revealed that small wins keep the motivation high. Let’s take an example of a person who goes to the gym to lose weight. This individual will only continue going there if he loses some pounds after each workout. Similarly, when you achieve to wake up 30 minutes earlier than the previous day, you will be encouraged to aim higher.
3. Set your alarm ten minutes before 5 am
It goes without saying that an alarm clock is a must if you want to change your sleeping routine. There is no way you can wake up at 5 AM if you used to wake up at 8 AM. However, once you get used to the new routine, the alarm will be unnecessary; it will become an automatic response.
You can also set many alarm clocks at short intervals if you are among the “heavy sleepers.” Your alarm should be far from your sleeping position so that you can get off your bed to switch it off. Some people may be tempted to switch the alarm off and continue sleeping, but when it is far, you will be forced to wake up.
Finally, you should set your alarm clock to your best music; you will start your day happily and motivated.
4. Sleep earlier
While there is much debate over just how much sleep the average person needs, according to the National Institutes of Health, the average adult needs between 7 and 8 hours per night.
If you have a habit of going to sleep late, you must break that habit if you want to wake up early. It makes no sense to sleep at 3 AM and wake up at 5 AM; you may spell doom to your health and your overall wellbeing. If you have sufficient sleep, your early rising objective will be much easier to accomplish.
5. Use peer pressure to wake up earlier
Peer pressure can be handy when you want to wake up at 5 AM. For example, if you always meet with other early risers at 5.30 AM every day for a particular reason, then you have no alternative other than waking up at 5 AM.
Peer pressure creates accountability because you will feel guilty if you let your peers down. You can even wake up before your alarm rings.
6. Maintain the same routine during weekends and holidays
Many people find difficulties in waking up when they adjust their routine even for a single day. If you regularly go to sleep at 10 PM, there is no reason to change that time to 11 or 12 simply because it’s a holiday. If you do so, you will tamper with your routine, and you may find it difficult to wake up at 5 AM when the holidays are over.
It is important to stick to your routine on a consistent basis. Remember, waking up earlier is not a punishment. It is a perfect tool to prepare your body physically, mentally and emotionally. Why then should you wake up late on weekends? Does it mean that weekends are unproductive days?
7. Cut stimulants from your diet
We all know the effects of stimulants in your bodies. Research conducted by medical experts revealed that stimulants affect the quality of sleep, which affects the waking up time in return (Kooij & Buitelaar, 2014). Therefore, if you want to improve the quality of your sleep, you should eliminate such drinks as coffee.
The better you sleep, the more chances of waking up earlier. Moreover, stimulants may make you experience some migraines. Migraines can make you feel lazy to wake up since you will have an excuse of not waking up earlier.
Bring it all together
Waking up at 5 AM can be achieved if you combine all the tips in this article. They are easy to incorporate into your life. Remember, an early riser is more productive than a late riser. Early risers have enough time to plan their day and consequently increases the chances of being successful.
So, what are you waiting for? Change your schedule today and make 5 AM your rising time to boost your productivity!