So many people have trouble getting out of bed as soon as their alarm goes off. In this post I am going to give you a few tips on how you can get up straight away feeling fresh, alive and ready for your morning exercise. It really isn’t that hard when you have the right tools.
How to wake up when your alarm goes off & not sleep in
This matter is something that is very personal. Everyone has different body clocks. Some people respond to one technique while others will not respond at all. Make sure you experiment with a variety of different techniques and find out what works best for you.
1. Put your alarm away from the bed
The first thing you need to do is move your alarm away from your bed. This will stop you from just hitting the snooze button and diving back under the covers. And we all know what that means – another hour of sleep!
Ideally you should have to get out of bed in order to turn off your alarm. Once you are out you will have a much better chance of staying out. Try this and see if it helps.
2. Go to bed early
If you do not go to bed early it will be extremely hard to get up when your alarm goes off. You will not wake up fresh and alive and instead will feel groggy and tired. The comfortable blankets will be too tempting and you will fall right back to sleep.
If you are having problems getting up early you need to go to bed earlier. It is not rocket science. In fact, this is one of the most simple points that people overlook. Find your optimal time and go with it.
3. Get up at the same time everyday
You need to get out of bed at the same time everyday, even on weekends. If you change times everyday you will irritate your body clock and find it extremely difficult to get out of bed when you actually want to. Pick a time and set your alarm to it and never change it. After a few weeks you will find it quite normal to get up early.
4. Don’t drink coffee
Coffee is medically renowned as one of the worst substances you can take if you are trying to get a more regular sleep pattern. Coffee irritates your gut and intestinal tract and this causes certain imbalances which cause you to have a shallow sleep. If you had a lot of coffee during the day you will be a lot less likely to get a good night’s sleep and as such waking up will be hard.
5. Drink a glass of water
Next to your alarm, on the other side of the room, should be a big tall glass of water that you put there the night before. When you stumble out of bed to get your alarm you should drink the glass of water straight away. This is a great tactic that many people throughout history have utilized. The water kick starts your metabolism and really seems to wake you up.
6. Don’t be too warm
If you sleep with a lot of covers on it is likely that you will find it difficult to get out of bed. I have found that I have a much better chance of getting up early when my alarm goes off if my covers are not too thick. Sure, you need to be comfortable but the trick is to not overdo it. A sheet and a blanket is probably enough. Quilts are just too luxurious for me!
7. Make a serious promise
Taking a vow is one of the best ways to change your bed habits. This situation is no different. If you have no inner reason for getting up when your alarm goes off then it is unlikely you will succeed. Try to think of a few concrete reasons why you need to get up. For example, getting up early so you can exercise to avoid a heart attack is a good reason. Think of your own personal ambition and then take a vow in front of some people that you love and respect.
8. Reward yourself
Give yourself a reward for your successes. If you get up at 5.30am for five days in a row you can go to McDonald’s for breakfast on Saturday. Or you can get that new T-shirt that you wanted. If you reward good behavior you will find that you have both a positive and a negative reason for getting up at a good time.
9. Remember the benefits
Getting up early has so many amazing benefits. You will experience more of your life and you will have more hours in the day to do things. Sleeping is nice while you are doing it but later on you regret all the time that you wasted. We already spend half of our life asleep – why do you want to waste any more?
Getting up early is a habit that you need to form and it starts by waking up when your alarm goes off. If you can manage to accomplish this seemingly simple task you will find that you can experience a lot more of your life and achieve great progress in your fitness and weight loss ambitions.
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