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5 Reasons Why You’re Not Waking Up As Early As You Want
I tell myself every night that I am going to wake up early so I can achieve as much as possible throughout my day. However, it seems that I wake up every morning a couple of hours later than I would like to. It’s frustrating and yet I still seem to let myself do this every day without making any changes to fix this problem. If you are anything like me and you’re frustrated with waking up late, take a look at the 5 reasons why you’re not waking up as early as you want below.
1. You’re Not Going to Bed Early Enough
You can’t expect your body to obey you and get up at the crack of dawn if you’re not allowing it to get the recommended amount of rest. What is the recommended amount of rest? You should be getting about 7-10 hours of sleep each night. Some people may need more and some people may need less. Regardless, you should be getting at least this much sleep if you ever expect yourself to get up early and to maintain the habit.
2. You’re Not Motivated Enough
If you have no reason to wake up in the morning then you are already destined for failure. Without the proper motivation, the benefits of hitting the snooze button and sleeping in will always outweigh the benefits of getting up early and giving yourself more time to get things done. If you want to start waking up early, you will have to start giving yourself an incentive to. Tell yourself that you will have something special planned in the morning and you’ll be amazed at how quick you jump out of bed.
3. It’s Too Comfortable Under the Covers
Trust me, I understand more than anyone how great it can be to remain in bed when your body isn’t cooperating with you or when it is freezing outside and it’s far warmer where you are sleeping. However, the solution to this problem is far simpler than many of the others mentioned on this list. If you have a problem getting out of the covers, don’t force yourself to immediately try to jump out of bed and begin your morning. Instead, simply throw your covers off of yourself and face the cold air and the morning noise. It will be easier to wake up and get out of bed if you aren’t as comfortable in it.
4. You’re Allowing Your Thoughts to Dictate Your Behavior
There are some days when I don’t have a care in the world when I wake up and there are other days when I open my eyes and my mind is already filled with a to-do list and a bunch of anxious reasons about why I am going to fail. If you’re like this, you should start meditating in the morning to help you begin your morning peacefully and without fear. The best part about meditating is that you can do it in almost any position, although I don’t recommend doing it on your back because I always fall asleep that way, and it takes very little effort to find peace. You can begin adding meditation to your morning routine by finding a guided meditation audio or by trying it on your own when you first wake up.
5. Your Mornings Are Typically Dreadful
If you are one of those people who only gives themselves enough time to shower, eat, and go to work, it’s no wonder why you don’t want to wake up. I wouldn’t want to wake up early if I had established that as my morning routine for the past couple of years. Begin making the mornings your own. Develop a structured self-care routine that instead allows you to relax and enjoy your mornings rather than making them these terrible monsters that you don’t want to wake up and face. You can do things like take a relaxing bath, go for a stroll through the park, or even watch the sunset. Whatever it is, it helps to make your mornings more enjoyable.
It can be difficult to wake up in the morning and it can be even more frustrating to have no reason why you’re not getting up at your designated time. If you have problems with this, use the 5 reasons above to help you start waking up when you want.