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How Can I Wake Up Earlier In The Morning?

I’m really not a morning person. If you’re like me and want to master the ever elusive art of waking up early, then this is the read for you. We reached out to industry experts to get their take on how to wake up earlier in the morning. 

#1 Love Your Life

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You build your dream life by adjusting your day to mold it to what you want it to be. Here are a few tips that will help you mold your mornings so that you can wake up earlier and happier. 

  1.  Turn up the music. Music makes you move. Set your alarm to a song that gets you up and going. 
  2. Add what you love to your early mornings. Often times when you have something to look forward to it motivates you to wake up.

Contributors: Cassandra Freeman from Thoughtful Inspirations

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#2 Regulate your circadian rhythm

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One of the easiest things you can do to start waking up earlier is to start regulating your sleep cycle. Instead of going to bed and waking up at different times throughout the week, just get into the habit of going to sleep at the same time every night and waking up at the same time every morning. This regulates your circadian rhythm. Your body will adjust to your new sleeping habits as long as you keep them regular and this will make waking up early easier. One tip for doing this is to set an alarm 30 mins before you should go to sleep. Whatever you are doing wrap it up when the alarm goes off and prepare for bed.

Contributors: Alex Tauberg from Tauberg Chiropractic & Rehabilitation

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#3 Plan your mornings

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When you know what you have to do, you're more likely to get a move on. Even if it is a minor task, give yourself a reason to get out of bed. Think about it before you go to sleep the night before. Planning your mornings means you have the rest of the day to be spontaneous with the guilt free knowledge that you've been productive, leading you to a fuller day and a sense of pride. 

Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#4 Set multiple alarms

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I recommend setting an alarm 15 minutes before your desired wake time, in case you're in a deep sleep. Set another alarm for your desired wake time, and another for 15 minutes after your wake time, as long as you're not prone to snoozing. If you are, scratch the alarm after the wake time and use two before and one at the desired time. 

Contributors:  Jaime Pfeffer from Jaime Pfeffer LLC 

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#5 Reward Yourself

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If you've ever potty-trained a child, you know the importance of rewarding him or her for progress. Just like you'd give stickers or Cheerios to a little one who makes progress with toilet-training, do the same for yourself - but with things you enjoy. Although Simple ideas include treating yourself to a round of golf or a nice dinner out, getting a massage, or taking a few hours off of work when it makes sense. I also condone the idea of giving yourself bigger rewards for longer milestones, such as a celebratory night out or weekend getaway at the 9- or 12-month mark. These types of rewards rely on positive reinforcement, which is scientifically-proven to motivate people. 

Contributors:  Jaime Pfeffer from Jaime Pfeffer LLC 

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#6 Leverage Daylight Saving

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 If you live in an area that goes through Daylight Savings time changes, Fall is the perfect time to start waking up earlier. Just keep waking up at the same time you are used to, and suddenly you are waking up an hour early. 

Contributors: Sarah Kimmel from organizedmom.net

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#7 Sleep earlier

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We all function better after a good night’s sleep. When we sleep, toxic proteins are removed from our brains, a lack of sleep (and hence toxic proteins remain in the brain) hinders productive thinking. So, the simple formula to get up early is to sleep earlier. Some need 4 hours sleep while some require 6, 7, or may be longer. So, make sure you get enough sleep to benefit from an early day.

Contributors: Hamid Safaei from FCL1

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#8 Write positive affirmations

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Positive affirmations have a significant influence on setting the mind to whatever one wants to achieve. One of the affirmations you can write down every day for a period of 30 consequent days can be: I am an early riser. 

Contributors: Hamid Safaei from FCL1

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#9 Pick A Fun Reason To Get Up

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If you’ve never been a morning person, trying to drag yourself out of bed for something you hate isn’t going to work. Before you get ambitious with those 6 am workouts, get your body used to a morning routine by waking up and doing something you enjoy. Maybe read a book, surf the web, or just have some quiet time with coffee. Once you’re in the habit of waking up early, it’ll be easier to introduce things like a morning workout.

Contributors: Elizabeth Thomson from I Heart Vegetables

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#10 Eat An Early Dinner

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I find that if I eat an early dinner and skip a late night snack, it’s easier for me to fall asleep. If I do have a snack, I try to have something like popcorn or a piece of super dark chocolate. Avoiding sugar late at night definitely helps. If I’m having dessert, I’ll try to have it shortly after dinner.

Contributors: Elizabeth Thomson from I Heart Vegetables

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#11 Take your time

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Traditionally we are told to 'jump out of bed'. This can be disorienting and counter productive. The jolt with which you wake up can result in a spike not even ten minutes later. Setting your alarm a little earlier than you need to allows you time to orientated yourself before getting out of bed. This gives your mind and body time to become itself before you start your day. 

Contributors: Caleb Backe from Maple Holistics

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#12 Set bedroom clock ½ hour earlier than other clocks

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My bedroom clock’'s time is set a half hour earlier than all the other clocks in the house. It has a ten minute snooze. I use the first snooze to do my meditation and gratitude prayer for the day. The second snooze I organize and prioritize what needs to be done. Usually, I am up and out of bed at this point. Though on rare occasions, I cheat and wait for the third snooze to get up.

Contributors: Harlyene Goss from HD Merrimack

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#13 Wake Up to a Natural Glow

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One of the worst scenarios is for an abrupt alarm to go off when we're in the middle of a REM cycle. This is when you feel extremely groggy and disoriented. There are some devices on the market that try to monitor your sleep and predict when you're in a light sleep cycle to wake you up at the optimal time. However this requires wearing a device to sleep (which might interfere with creating a great sleep environment) and it's not perfect. An easier way is to get a sunrise alarm clark. This turns on a slowly brightening light to mimic the sunrise, waking you up more naturally and leaving you feeling less groggy. 

Contributors: Joey Daoud from New Territory Fitness 

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#14 Set an appointment

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Whether its with a friend for coffee, or a good workout class, setting an appointment earlier than usual will help you stay accountable. 

Contributors: Alysa Boan from FitnessTrainer

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#15 Put your alarm on the other side of the room

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Forcing yourself to actually get up out of bed to turn your alarm off will help to kickstart your morning routine. 

Contributors: Alysa Boan from FitnessTrainer

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