Wondering how to wake up early and not be tired? If you’re rolling your eyes at me right now, please don’t.
Let me explain 🙂 I’m not saying that everyone should wake up at 5 am every morning in order to be successful. I am also not saying that waking up is the only way you can ever achieve your goals. No, that’s not the case at all.
While I love the early morning and almost always (naturally) start sometime during the 5am-ish hour, you don’t need to love it.
Even if you’re a slow starter, waking up early may be a game-changer. And if you do want to start waking up early, this post is for you.
How to Wake Up Early
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Here are 11 habits that will help you not only wake up at 5 A.M. but also use the entire day in an efficient and productive way.
11 Habits To Wake Up At 5 AM & Not Be Tired
1. Use The Power Of Motivation
Motivation is essential in this type of lifestyle.
Not many people feel like getting up at 5 in the morning.
And if some do, they are very few.
You need to establish a goal that will motivate you to do so.
You need to think about your life and daily schedule and identify the reasons you want to wake up so early. Once you know that, the rest will follow easier!
This is what started me on the trajectory towards up early every single morning, even when I don’t always feel like it: work. I am inspired and excited about my work every single day. When this work was only a dream, I had to work at 5am in order to reach the point where I could do the 5am work all day, every single day.
You might need to, too.
Use that motivation.
2. 5am Club: Go To Bed Early
Naturally, if you go to bed late, you will not want to wake up early.
Your body needs between seven and nine hours of sleep each night in order to be ready for the next day. You should try to go to bed earlier if you want to get used to waking up at 5 in the morning.
Create a relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom so you can fall asleep easier. It is important to disconnect your mind from any distractions if you want to fall asleep and be rested the next morning.
Related: 5 Life Hacks To Fall Asleep Faster
3. Wake Up With A Clear Mind
When you do wake up in the morning, try to keep a clear mind. You shouldn’t think about anything as you are waking up. Simply enjoy the beauty of a new day and try to stay away from worries.
As soon as you hear your alarm going off, get out of your bed and turn the light on in your room. Start preparing yourself for the new day without thinking about what you have to do yet.
4. Get Rid Of Your Gadgets
The ritual before your bedtime is very important as well.
You should stay away from any technology for at least one hour before you go to bed. In addition and/or alternatively, be sure to invest in a pair of Blue Light Blockers [HERE are the ones I have, use, love, and are cheap].
This habit allows your brain to relax and forget about your daily worries and stress. Don’t check your phone, don’t get on your social media accounts and stay away from TV right before going to sleep. One of the worst things you can do is go to bed with the TV on because you will not be able to rest properly.
Related: 6 Productive Things To Do Before Bed
5. Put Your Thoughts On Paper
Planning is a habit that successful people don’t skip. Lay your thoughts on paper in the evening, before going to bed.
This is a great habit to get rid of the stress and concerns that you have no control over. You can plan your next day or simply get some ideas on paper to use later. Not having to remember things can be a great help to your mind and ease your life significantly.
In fact, here are two things around this one that I do nightly:
- Make sure my next day is planned out on my paper calendar and sitting on my desk ready to go.
- Leave a small notebook and pen on the nightstand next to my bed in case thoughts should arise once I’ve laid down (or in the middle of the night).
6. Clean Your House Regularly
A clean house = more organized life.
Make sure to develop a cleaning ritual that will keep you on top of the housework you need to do. It will be very helpful if you find your kitchen clean the next morning.
No one is looking forward to doing dishes at 5 am.
So, leave everything in place the night before in order to have a fresh start of your day. Otherwise, you will feel overwhelmed the moment you wake up which is not a good start of your day!
p.s. This is one of the hardest for me personally.
7. Do breakfast your way
I’m not going to tell you, “Eat breakfast because it’s good for your health.”
That statement is subjective.
Eat or don’t eat breakfast in the morning, that’s not the important part. What is important is that you are listening to your body and hunger cues in the morning. Go there, don’t fight it.
8. Stay Consistent
Nothing will work as you plan it unless you stick to your plan. Consistency is the key that will get you in the habit of waking up early as well. You will have to push yourself in that direction at first but once you get on that track, you have to maintain it.
It is going to take you some days and even weeks until you set your inner clock to wake up at 5 am. But if you are serious about it, you’ll get there.
9. Invest In A Good Alarm Clock
The alarm on your phone has a snooze button, and let’s face it – it’s pretty easy to go back to sleep right away. That’s why I insist that you get a separate alarm and put it on your night stand.
HERE is an alarm clock to consider.
10. Be Gentle With Yourself
You should understand and accept that you will have a few setbacks. It is difficult and challenging to implement a new habit.
It becomes even more difficult if you are used to going to bed late every night. So, if you are not waking up every morning as you planned, be gentle with yourself. Do your best on that day and set the same goal for tomorrow.
11. Have The Right Mindset
Your mindset is everything.
If you have the right mindset you can make everything happen. Chances are that you will feel much more confident and motivated if you keep your mind on the right track.
So, make sure to set a positive mindset and keep your motivation going every day in order to get to the schedule that you feel will work best for you.
Hard to Wake Up in the Morning No Matter How Much Sleep I Get
Now, let’s say you’ve tried everything about and it’s still not working but you’re truly wanting it to work.
Some people can do everything above and still have a hard time getting out of bed no matter how much sleep they get.
If this is you, know this: it might not be your fault.
Ongoing fatigue first thing in the morning like that might signal that’s something wrong. Don’t overlook other symptom(s) that might be accompanying it, and see your doctor if you’re truly concerned.