How many of you are night owls? Raise your hands. Well, if you’re a night owl and have difficulty waking up in the mornings, these tips are for you!
It’s tough being a night owl in a world that’s built for and hugely rewards early risers. Schools start at 7:30am for most children who are in the morning sessions and for those with typical office jobs, it’s the 9-5 regime that one has to wake up to pretty much the same time every day.
If you happen to have a job which requires you to work what it called the “graveyard shift”, then that is quite a different story. Or even if you’ve flexible working hours, it is sometimes still important to wake up early to get the necessitites of life done. Chores such as banking, dealing with meetings at offices, going to the post office or sorting out things at local government offices (which all close late in the afternoon) cannot be avoided. At times like these, waking up early is needed.
Some night owls consider waking up at 12pm a big deal, but that may not be good enough. Life happens most of the times during the day as that’s just the way things work. Sure, you can work in the middle of the night but with the rest of your world sleeping, it isn’t always fun. You’ll find that you’ll miss out on a lot of things in life as well. You know the sayings, “early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” There is some truth to that.
You know the sayings, “early to bed, early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise” and “the early bird catches the worm“? Well, there is some truth to that. The world doesn’t stop working when you’re sleeping and whilst you’re sleeping, you could be missing out on a lot of things.
So, if you’re looking to change up your night owl habits, here are some tips for waking up early that actually work. Don’t believe it? Try it and see. It takes determination in anything to get things done and to make it work. So, don’t discount these tips because they can help.
Rise and Shine! Here are Top 5 Ways To Wake Up Early Even If You’re A Night Owl:
1. Apply early to bed, early to rise increments
Train your body to anticipate sleep. Yes, it is not impossible and you can train your body to do that by sleeping and waking up at the same time every day. Waking up in the late afternoon isn’t going to help you so you need to resist the urge to sleep late and be determined to wake up early even if you didn’t get enough sleep because you had difficulty sleeping the night before.
The trick is to do it in increments, meaning to train your body to change its habits slowly but surely. So, instead of sleeping at the same time, sleep 30 minutes earlier and wake up 15 minutes earlier. Unlike other tips for waking up early, this is very sustainable because it’s just a minor change. You won’t really feel the 30-minute difference! Next day, you can adjust your sleep further back by pushing it further by another 30 minutes and so on. If you do this continuously, you’ll be a morning person in less than a month.
2. Change your environment to your advantage
Block all sources of light, even the tiny red light indicating your TV’s turned off. Put your gadgets away and stop watching TV at least one hour before bedtime, as the blue light from these screens can disrupt your production of melatonin, the hormone that regulates your sleep cycle.
If you want to read, use a real book and a night light. Keep your bedroom at a comfortable chill. If you live in a noisy neighborhood, invest in soundproofing your room or get an app that plays soothing sounds to drown out the noise. All these tips will help you sleep better and if you want to find out more on how to get a better night’s sleep, see here for more tips.
3. Do not nap
If you’re feeling sleepy, do NOT nap!! Napping isn’t going to help you because if you’ve not much self-control, you’ll find that you’ll be sleeping much more compared to that half an hour you were intending to do so. The tendency to oversleep is very likely so instead of napping, make sure you go to bed much earlier.
4. Create a wind-down routine
It is important to create a wind-down routine for your body on a daily basis to get your body ready for “sleeping mode”. What you do before bedtime is your body’s trigger for sleeping, so try to keep these activities relaxing and stick to them like a routine.
For example, you want to take a hot drink followed by a warm shower prior to going to bed, then do so but ensure that you stick to the routine so your body will learn to programme itself to go to sleep mode once you start those habits. It’s also important to note to do these activities in order and roughly the same time every day. Do NOT look your mobile phone or tablet. It is essential not to look at electronic devices prior to bedtime because they don’t help to get your body ready to sleep, but your brain will feel stimulated instead. So, put all those devices away and relax. It’s time for the body (not just the devices) to recharge.
5. Train your brain to wake up
If your first reaction is to hit the snooze button when your alarm goes off, you’ll need to retrain yourself big time. Hitting the snooze button doesn’t do you any favours in training your body to change its habits.
If getting up from bed is difficult for you, then train yourself to do things differently. Instead, bargain with yourself, by allowing yourself another 10 minutes to slowly awaken up. However, in that 10 minutes, don’t fall back right to sleep on the bed. Open the windows, slowly take the time to prepare coffee or your breakfast, or turn on the TV to listen to something to wake you up. So by the time your alarm clock goes off again, you’ll already be fully awake and not likely to hit the snooze button. More importantly, you’ll be ready to face the new day!