The early bird instruction guide
Learn how to wake up early and make the most of your day
At a Glance: Waking up early takes practice, planning and consistency. For starters, try going to bed and waking up at the same time every single day.
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Did you know morning people are generally happier and healthier than night owls? And they tend to be more productive throughout the day?
So how do you stop hitting the snooze button and become one of those early risers? These steps will help train your body to wake up earlier so you can seize the day and get more done.
Identify why you want to be an early riser. Maybe you want to exercise in the morning — a wise move because it gets your metabolism going and wakes up your brain and body. Or maybe you want more time to prepare a healthy breakfast. Reminding yourself of your stated intention will keep you motivated to get out and stay out of bed.
Move your alarm
When your alarm clock or phone is in arm’s reach, it’s easy to hit the snooze. But you’re less tempted if you have to get out bed and walk across the room. Once you’re up, and remembering your morning goal, it’s easier to stay up and start moving.
Ease into it
Don’t plunge in all at once. Trying to go from a 7 am alarm with 30 minutes of snoozing to waking up at 6 am is a recipe for failure. Instead, turn the alarm back 15 minutes weekly or every few days so that you barely notice the difference. A gradual change will help the habit stick.
Bring on tech tools
Gadgets can help you wake up at the right time and wake up well. Sleep features on a fitness tracker, as well as apps like Sleep Time, will wake you at the best time in your sleep cycle so that you get up feeling sharp.
Go for consistency
It’s important to go to bed and wake up at the same time each day. Your body will thrive on the routine and reliability, making it easier to rise early feeling rested.
Hitting the snooze button can be a very hard habit to break. But if you introduce these new habits slowly and consistently, you’ll be a morning person before you know it.