Go To Bed When You Feel Tired
Most of us like to stay up all night on our phones instead of going to bed when we feel tired, which is a big no no if you want to wake up early.
Phone screens emit blue light that keeps you awake because it interferes with your circadian rhythm. Additionally, the content on social media, Netflix, etc. can be addicting, keeping you up later than you anticipated.
Before you know it you're up at 2 AM when you wanted to wake up at 5 AM. Even a morning energy supplement like EarlyBird can't help you if you're running on three hours of sleep.
Instead, use your phone in another room and when you feel tired, turn it off and go to bed. Laying in your bed on your phone will keep you awake - instead, train your brain to associate your bed with sleeping by only laying down when you're tired.
Going to bed early will help you feel great in the morning. Everyone feels a bit groggy when they first open their eyes, but getting enough sleep will help you feel awake shortly after, instead of remaining drowsy for the rest of the day.
Do Not Hit Snooze
We're all guilty of it, but hitting snooze is your worst enemy when it comes to waking up early. You snooze, you lose.
Snoozing your alarm actually makes you more tired because you fall back to sleep (only slightly) but it's not enough to fully rest, so you wake up feeling even drowsier than if you'd woken up the first time.
Worst of all, when you snooze your alarm, you start your day giving up.
Think about it:
You made a plan the night before to wake up early. You consciously chose to be productive, and you set your alarm to wake up at a certain time. You set a goal for yourself.
When you snooze first thing in the morning, you're immediately giving up on that goal. You're starting the day making the wrong choice. Next you'll have a cookie instead of a healthy meal. Then you'll scroll through Instagram instead of reading.
Our lives are a compilation of the right (or wrong) choices. Don't hit snooze so you can start your day properly.
Do Something You Want
Waking up early to do something that sucks isn't going to make it any easier (or more enjoyable).
Use the extra few hours in the morning to do something you enjoy, or that will further you towards your goal. Whether it's going for a run in the morning, studying before class, working on your business, meditating, reading, etc. you can use the time to do whatever YOU want to do.
Wash Your Face and Breathe Fresh Air
This one is pretty simple - splashing water on your face definitely wakes you up quickly. So does breathing fresh air and getting some sun, once the sun rises.
I like to splash water on my face and then go for a run in the morning, so I can start my day properly.
Do Not Nap Later in The Day
I was guilty of taking a lot of naps before I discovered EarlyBird - 2 PM rolled around and I was so tired, I figured getting some shuteye would keep me going for the rest of the day.
But instead, I'd sleep for hours, waste my afternoon, and then stay up all night, go to bed late, and wake up late, which totally screwed up my plan to start waking up early.
Instead, power through the afternoon drowsiness and go to bed early that night, so you can keep waking up early feeling great.
If you drink EarlyBird in the morning you won't feel drowsy in the afternoon, or you do it the hard way and fight through the sleepy feeling.