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How to Wake Up Early In the Morning
I have to admit that I'm a heavy sleeper so I tend to overslept and this is bad. Really. Since I spend most of my time on my bed, I've actually wasted all my precious time in doing nothing. I should have used that time to do something productive like making my bed for example. Haha.
Waking up early does not have to be bad as researcher has found that early riser tend to get better grades, they are also generally more proactive, and they can anticipate problems and plan better compare to their late-rising counterparts. Therefore, here I'm going to share some of the techniques on how you can wake up early and make your day more productive. Here we go...
Plan an exciting breakfast
You should try and plan your favorite foods or cook something delicious for breakfast which will make you look forward to it during the night. This way, it will get you excited and feeling motivativated to wake up in the morning instead of rolling on the bed. Don't lie, we've all been there.
Sleep in total darkness
Sleeping in total darkness release a sleep hormone called melatonin that are only produce in the dark. Therefore, try to switch off all the light before sleeping or you can use an eye mask to cover your eye before going onto dreamland.
Drink water before bed
Drinking water are known to provide lots of benefits and one of the benefit is to make you feel refreshed and rejuvenated. When you feel refreshed and rejuvenated, this helps make you sleep better and more peacefully. So, why not drink some water before going to the bed but try not to drink too much, a cup is enough because drinking too much may makes you visit MR.TOILET every minutes or hours. No kidding.
Read a book
Reading a PHYSICAL book for 20 to 30 minutes before sleep may help make you feel drowsy and eventually makes you feel asleep. Try not to read online or e-book as this may distract you from what you are actually reading. Another reason is because reading online makes it easy for you to browse away from it so, try avoid that.
Place your alarm across the room
Try placing your alarm clock or your phone (if you set your alarm on your phone) across the room. This way, it makes it harder for you to hit the snooze button every 10 minutes and actually makes you stand up or jump up just to get your phone or alarm clock back. Another trick is to make a habit of peeing right after you switch off your alarm, so you are less likely to return back to your bed.
Turn off your phone
Phone = distractions = sleep late. No need to explain further because we all know the reasons. Right guys?
Use a blanket that keep you warm
Using a comfortable and warm blanket helps you sleep better. This is because you may achieve the best sleep when the temperature is between 62F to 10F (16 to 21C)
Make a to-do list
Make a to-do list on the night before so that you know what you need to do as soon as you wake up the next morning. By making a to-do list also help makes your day more productive. A to do list does not have to be something major like appointments or meetings, it can also be like washing the dishes or doing the laundry.
Wake up 15 minutes earlier
Waking 15 minutes earlier gives you time to feel fully awake. Gives yourself some stretch or simple body warm up to welcome the morning. Also, don't forget to smile for at least a minute because smiling may also help you feel energetic and give you good vibe.
Own a cat
Owning a cat also works great as an alternate for an alarm clock. Believe me, cat can do that. When it is time for you to wake up, your cat will rub your nose continuously until you wake up. This might also helps improve your morning by making you smile when you wake up.