I start school this week and there is one thing that I hate the most when it comes to this time of the year. I fucking hate waking up early. I am a night owl. Mornings are just not for me. I wish I knew why I hate mornings so much. If I could wake up before 12 it would be a miracle. That’s not to say I don’t wake up when I have to for classes or work but trust me, I am not in the best of moods.
The biggest problem I have is that I will literally skip school because I don’t want to wake up. One of my New Years Goals was to start waking up earlier. I want to be able to get up more than 10 minutes before I have to go somewhere. I really want to be one of those people that go to bed early and have half their to-do list done before it’s even the afternoon. To reach these goals I have decided to compile a bunch of tips I have found while doing my own research on how to get up earlier.
- Turn Off Electronics
I love watching TV before bed or checking Insta one last time. I’ve quickly realized that I don’t listen to myself though. I will try and squeeze in another episode in or lose track of time while playing Sims or on social media. I always stay up later than I want because I can’t disconnect. That is why I am trying to close the electronics an hour before I want to go to bed. I have replaced that hour with reading/writing time. There are plenty of studies that say that it’s better for you. It helps your brain calm down or something like that. I love to read but as the older I get, I find I have less time to dedicate to it. Now that I am disconnecting I have been able to read more.
2. Change Your Environment
This was an interesting topic that I read up on. I read that turning down the thermostat in your room helps you fall asleep faster and sleep better. I naturally like when my room is cooler when I sleep. After realizing this connection I started to actually change the temperature to 18 degrees Celsius before bed. I also read that spraying lavender scents help calm you down and put you to sleep. Though I don’t do this because it doesn’t super interest me, I know it could work for other people. Don’t get me wrong, I love essential oils. I’ve tried it before and for whatever reason, it just didn’t work for me.
I love meditation, it makes me feel great. I especially love it for falling asleep. When my anxiety it really helps me calm down and go to bed. I started putting it into practice even when I’m happy. If you’re someone who loves meditation I would try it before bed. Now, if you fall into the “I hate meditation” or “What are you talking about?” category fair enough. I actually have an app that I love for beginners and people who aren’t totally convinced. Breathe is a guided meditation app. You simply put in how you’re feeling and it gives you their suggestions of guided meditations to help you improve how you’re feeling. I’ve been using this app for years. I’ve seen the app Calm being advertised everywhere on social media. It’s fine but you need to pay for most of the features. Breathe has an option to pay but a bulk of their meditations are free. I like free, no I love it. As a broke student, I don’t have 15$ a month to spend on an app that I’m not using multiple times a day. So I highly suggest Breathe.
4. Just Go to Bed Earlier
I know this seems crazy but it actually works. Set an alarm for when you want to go to bed or when you want to get up. Just be strict on yourself until it becomes a habit. This can be done in little steps. If you always go to bed at 2 am. Then make it a goal to close our eyes at 12 even if you don’t fall asleep right away. Look back on other tips for falling asleep aid. I have been trying really hard to slowly go to bed early. It doesn’t even have to be dramatic. Your goal can start off by being 10, 20, 30 minutes earlier than you usually go to bed. Whatever works best for you to get up earlier.
These were my 4 suggestions to help you get up earlier. It’s all about going to bed earlier too. I hope you liked these tips and I would love to know if you’ve ever tried these tips. If you’re a morning person I would love to know what your secret is.
I also filmed a YouTube video if you want to know more tips on this topic.
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