Have you ever wondered if it was possible to learn how to wake up early?
Most people might not think it is possible. Most people probably see no reason to try. But here is a stunning fact;
As of 2017, the average life span for a person living in the United States is 79 years old. That’s 79 years times 365 days per year which equals 28,835 days of life on this earth.
Out of those 28,835 days, how many of those do you wake up immediately feeling energetic and ready to start your day?
I am guessing not many.
It is a sad fact, but it is true. Considering all of those mornings, wouldn’t it make sense we at least try to become more adept to waking up? Why put ourselves through the misery of fighting the wake up demons that plaque us thousands of times over and over?
Well, I for one became tired of it (pun intended) and set out to find a way to fix it. After months of research and practice, I finally found the answer.
To learn how to wake up early, you need to do two things; stay up late and lose your mind.
Sound confusing?! Let me explain;
Lose Your Mind
There are many theories as to what exactly sleep is needed for, however, most leading experts agree that it is vital for both your mind and body. Therefore, I feel it is best to attack this problem from both angles. Lets start with the mental side.
Here is how you do it.
When you wake up in the morning, whether it be to an alarm clock, a screaming kid or the sun rising, the most important thing is to resist the urge to turn over and go back to sleep. Nothing will kill your mental focus worse than the thought of going back to sleep for “just a few more minutes”.
So, here is what you do. When you wake up, give yourself a good stretch, a big yawn, whatever it is you normally do, then get out of bed. The key here is to just get your body moving without having your mind inhibit it in any way. It sounds obvious, yet few too many people do it. Here is why this is so important;
When you are tired and just waking up, your mind’s first inclination is to fight it and try to convince you to go back to sleep. It is natural. It happens to everyone.
The problem is your mind can be really stubborn when it wants to. It can be downright detrimental. What’s worse, it doesn’t go down without a fight. So what is the best solution to this?
Give up the fight.
Don’t even try to convince your own mind that you really are not tired, because lets face it, you are. Instead what you do is just go with it. Just let whatever thoughts come into your mind, and let them float right back out. Think of it as autopilot for your mind.
You have to trust that if you get up and start moving your body, your brain will eventually catch up. There is no need to pay your thoughts any mind at this point. Within a few minutes, your brain say to itself “oh man, this is really happening. I better quit fighting and power up for the day”.
Once your mind catches up, you are good to go. Your morning struggle has finished and you can go about your day.
Stay Up Late
The second key to learning how to wake up early? Staying up late.
I know what you are thinking; this makes no sense! Let me explain.
When most people try to become better at waking up early in the morning, what is the first thing they do? They go to bed earlier than normal.
The theory is their mind is this; if I go to be early, I will get more sleep and then I will feel totally rested in the morning!
The theory sounds great, but here is the problem. It never works. Why? Because you can never force yourself to go to sleep early if you are not tired.
Most of the time when people try this, they simple just lay there wide awake tossing and turning. There is absolutely no value in this. Here is what you do instead.
Stay up as long as you can stand it. You can lie down, but make sure to stay awake until your eyelids are so heavy, they have no choice to fall down.
Then, as soon as the alarm clock rings the next morning, immediately get up and follow the wake up procedure I outlined above.
Will you be tire the few couple of mornings? Yes you definitely will. But that is the point.
After a few days of this routine, your body will automatically calibrate to your new schedule. You will essentially train your body (and your mind) to follow the sleeping schedule that you prefer.
Before long, you will find yourself falling asleep at exactly the right time which will give your body the rest it requires. It will do this because it knows that you are getting up at an exact time tomorrow morning, no matter what!
Give It a Shot
I hope this tutorial has at the very least give you a different perspective on learning how to wake up early. I admit it was a bit rough the first few days, but after that it was smooth sailing. In fact, it is so good now, I rarely ever use an alarm clock anymore. I am just up and out of bed ready to go about on my day. The benefits of being able to do this are way too many to list.
So if you are struggling to get up with the alarm clock or just not a morning person, I suggest giving this a try. See what happens, you really have nothing to lose and everything to gain!