The EarlyBird Morning Cocktail
You've decided to take control of your mornings and wake up early so you can be productive while everyone else is sleeping.
Deciding to wake up early is easy - actually doing it is another story.
From one night owl to another, we're talking about how you can wake up early and get sh*t done without feeling tired.
Let's dive in:
Waking up early isn't easy for night owls, but once you get into the EarlyBird routine of waking up early and getting sh*t done, you'll never want to go back.
You're way more productive in the morning - it's a time when nobody can bother you because everyone else is still sleeping. But you're waking up and accomplishing your goals.
Here's how to wake up early without feeling tired, even if you're not a morning person:
Whether you want to wake up early or start going to the gym regularly, you need to know your why before you begin. Otherwise, you're likely to give up quickly and revert to your old ways.
The thing about any good habit, like waking up early, is it's usually hard and unfulfilling in the beginning but incredibly beneficial when done repeatedly over a long period of time.
Take working out, for example. You have to wake up early or go after work and exert yourself for at least an hour. It's hard, exhausting, expensive, and intimidating. Plus, you can go to the gym every day for a week straight without seeing any results in the mirror. All that work for no reward immediate reward.
It's only after you repeat the habit over and over again for months, if not years, that you'll see a result.
On the flip side, you can go to the store, buy a cheesecake, and then sit on your couch watching TV while indulging in your favorite dessert.
It's not healthy or productive, but it's definitely satisfying in the moment.
However, if you repeat this habit every day for a year, you'll likely gain weight and over a lifetime it'll surely have a negative impact on your health.
The above is meant to illustrate the following:
Most things in life worth doing are hard upfront and don't give you immediate gratification but over time can be extremely rewarding.
Conversely, habits that give you instant gratification are usually easy in the beginning and give you instant pleasure, but when repeated over time can be detrimental to your health (like eating junk food or smoking).
The same is true of waking up early. It's possible, and waking up early every morning can definitely help you accomplish your goals. But without knowing your goals - without knowing your why - it's unlikely you'll have the motivation to wake up early every morning when you could stay in your cozy, warm bed for a few extra hours.
Think about not only what you want to do when you wake up early, but what goals you want to achieve after a few years of waking up early. Do you want to use the time for fitness, or to work on a side-business before work? Knowing your why is the first, and most important step.
Without an action plan first thing in the morning it's unlikely you'll want to get out of bed. If you have nothing to do in the morning you're going to stay under your covers.
But if you strategically plan your morning the night before, you know what to do the moment your alarm goes off, and you can execute first thing in the morning.
Before I go to bed I make a plan of action. It starts with setting my alarm across the room so I actually have to get up and out of bed when it sounds. Next, I place my EarlyBird shaker cup - or if you don't have EarlyBird, a glass of water - next to my alarm.
That way I can drink it immediately after turning my alarm off, which helps me wake up almost instantly.
Then I get dressed, go for a run, come home and shower, change, and start my work.
Making a plan before you go to bed and laying out your action items beforehand makes things way easier.
For example, you can leave a glass of water (or if you want to make waking up early easier, your EarlyBird shaker cup) out next to your alarm the night before, along with your clothes and running shoes if you want to run in the morning.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
The EarlyBird Morning Cocktail
Let's face it:
Waking up early isn't easy. How many times have you read an article like this one, tried to wake up early, did it once, and felt miserable, only to fall into your old habit of sleeping late?
It's a self-fulfilling prophecy, but it doesn't always have to be this way.
There are actually 3 keys to waking up early without feeling tired that we discovered over the past few years.
If you want to wake up easily and get sh*t done, here are the 3 keys:
1. Hydration: When you wake up in the morning you're dehydrated - in fact, you lose about a pound of water through your breath overnight, which is why you wake up feeling thirsty. Trying to start your morning dehydrated is a recipe for a (drowsy) disaster.
Instead, it's best to drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. But EarlyBird has a special formula that helps to supercharge hydration. More on that in a bit.
2. Fast-acting, long-lasting energy: Your body goes into sleep mode overnight - your muscles relax, and everything slows down.
It's another reason why you feel drowsy in the morning - your body is still in sleep mode but you're attempting to jumpstart into action without giving it the proper energy. It's like trying to start your car after it's been sitting in the cold all night.
Instead, you need to give your body and brain fast-acting energy to help you spring into action, without the crash (that's why it needs to be long-lasting as well.)
3. Mood enhancement
Ever been told you woke up on the wrong side of the bed? Your mood in the morning impacts how you feel and perform for the rest of the day. If you start the day in a bad mood, the rest of your day probably won't go so well.
Conversely, if you start the day feeling great, you'll likely finish strong as well.
EarlyBird was made for people like you, by people like you - productive people who wanted to do more and knew waking up early was the key, but couldn't make it past a few early mornings without feeling miserable.
It's designed to help you wake up early and get sh*t done without feeling tired, and makes use of the 3 keys to wake up early.
First of all, it mixes with water, and has electrolytes, an ingredient that is often found in sports drinks because it helps with hydration.
EarlyBird also has a clean energy nootropic blend that gives your brain and body fast-acting, long lasting energy.
Next, EarlyBird also has the same ingredient found in chocolate that gives you that warm, fuzzy feeling but without the sugar. In fact, EarlyBird has zero calories, sugar, or carbohydrates.
If you want to wake up early and get sh*t done without crashing later in the day, you need to give EarlyBird a try (we'll even pay for shipping).
Everyone wakes up tired once in a while, and it's nothing to be concerned about - but if you find yourself waking up tired after 8 hours of sleep every morning then you may want to see a doctor.
When you first wake up parts of your brain still aren't fully activated, which is why you usually feel groggy for the first 20-30 minutes after waking.
Having poor sleep hygiene is one cause of groggy wakeups - going to bed inconsistently and waking up at different times, using a screen before bed, sleeping on an uncomfortable mattress, etc. are all bad sleep hygiene.
Unhealthy lifestyle and dietary choices can also make your mornings a bit more hellish - don't eat a ton of junk food and exercise often to fix this issue.
If your sleep hygiene is in order, you eat healthy and exercise regularly, yet you still have trouble waking up every morning, you may have a sleep disorder. In this case, consult your doctor.
The EarlyBird Morning Cocktail
Feeling tired in the morning is something we all deal with, but the cause of morning fatigue is different from person to person.
Most of the time you can fix the problem, but if you suffer from any of the below issues, drinking EarlyBird will NOT fix the issue.
Here are some common causes of morning fatigue:
First and foremost, make sure you're getting enough sleep. Your required amount of sleep depends on your age, gender, weight, etc. but in general, an adult needs at least seven hours of sleep. I prefer eight hours myself.
You need plenty of sleep to wake up feeling good. And that doesn't mean you can run on three hours of sleep for a few nights and then sleep for 14 hours on Saturday. "Catching up on sleep" isn't a thing - you need to have ample sleep every night to be healthy.
Sleep deficiency (not getting enough sleep every night) is the most common cause of morning fatigue.
Eating a crappy diet impacts all areas of your life, including your sleep schedule. Don't think you can eat a bunch of Big Macs from McDonald's and wake up early feeling great.
You need to fuel your body properly, just like you need to fuel your car properly. You wouldn't expect your sports car to run at peak performance when it's burning crappy fuel, so don't expect your body to do the same.
Lastly, if you have a lot of stress and anxiety about work, school, a relationship, etc. it can impact how you feel in the morning.
Instead of waking up excited to take on the day, those suffering from extreme anxiety and depression will often want to remain in bed all morning. If you feel depressed or anxious, consult with a doctor.
According to the Mayo Clinic,
"Sleep apnea is a potentially serious sleep disorder in which breathing repeatedly stops and starts. If you snore loudly and feel tired even after a full night's sleep, you might have sleep apnea."
Symptoms of sleep apnea include
If you often experience the above symptoms, call your doctor to get to the bottom of it, as sleep apnea left untreated is a serious problem.
If you don't want to try EarlyBird for free and finally wake up easily in the morning, you can do things the hard way and follow the tips below:
As mentioned above, waking up early and starting your day dehydrated is a big no no. Instead, drink a glass of water first thing in the morning. I like to leave my water next to my alarm, across the room from my bed.
When the alarm goes off, I get out of bed, turn it off, and drink the glass of water. It instantly helps me feel more awake and refreshed.
First of all, it immediately rehydrates your body. Drinking water first thing in the morning also increases your alertness, fuels your brain, helps you fight sickness, and jumpstarts your metabolism.
Give it a try!
Stretching in the morning can help you loosen up your muscles that are probably super tense when you wake up.
I like to dead hang from the pull-up bar in my room. It stretches out my back, feels great and loosens me up for the day.
You can give it a shot, and maybe try some yoga!
Giving your body fuel when you wake up will definitely make you more alert and energized. Make sure you eat healthy food that will give you long-lasting energy, instead of sugary food like donuts that will give you a sugar crash.
I like to start my day with eggs, whole wheat bread and avocado, along with some fruit. You can eat whatever you want, but I recommend eating something healthy.
Like I said above, having sugar in the morning will give you a quick hit of energy that you'll burn through rapidly, leading to the 2 PM crash that screws up your sleep schedule.
If you avoid the sugar in the morning, you'll have a better shot at feeling energized throughout the day, instead of wanting to nap halfway through.
Waking up to workout is harder than working out for something like studying in my opinion, because you not only have to get out of your comfortable bed, but you have to go outside in the cold, and exert yourself.
But it's oh so rewarding when you manage to do it…
The key here is making the task easy. All of the other tips above apply (planning your morning, avoiding snooze, drinking water, etc.) but I think the most important thing is making the habit easy.
Waking up early to workout is difficult - but waking up early to put on your running shoes is easy. And once you have your running shoes on, working out is the logical next step.
Lay your running shoes and workout clothes out the night before, so when you wake up you can quickly change into your workout gear. At that point, working out is inevitable.
Waking up early for school is tough because, if you're like me, you hate going to class in the morning.
When I was in college, I'd leave my school stuff out the night before. My bag was packed with all of my books, calculator, homework, computer, etc. and ready to go so I could just grab it and walk out the door.
If you want to wake up early if you normally sleep late, you should give EarlyBird a try. At the end of the day, you've probably tried every trick in the book, including the ones mentioned above, and without success.
Click here to give EarlyBird a try today and finally wake up early if you sleep late!
Waking up without an alarm is risky if you're not used to it, but after you've woken up at the same time every morning for a while (over a month straight) your body will get used to it and will naturally wake up on its own.
This article talks a lot about waking up without an alarm and its benefits. Most of us deal with a social jet lag (the difference between our body's biological circadian rhythm and when society wants us to wake up for school, work, etc.)
Training your body to wake up early without an alarm can help you feel great all day, instead of drowsy after waking up too early.
The best way to train yourself to wake up early is exposing yourself to sunlight first thing in the morning. Ideally you can get 2 hours of sunlight in the morning, but even 10-15 minutes will do the trick as you sip your morning coffee (or EarlyBird).
Sunlight tells your body it's time to wake up, so exposing yourself to sunlight is a great way to wake up without an alarm. You can even get blinds that automatically open up when the sun rises to naturally wake you up.
The EarlyBird Morning Cocktail