How to Get Up Early and Add Hours to Your Day

morning-sun-picIt’s said that the early bird catches the worm. The trouble is, for many of us getting up early isn’t easy.

If you can manage it (and you’re not a natural night owl), getting up early can add an hour or two to your day when you are at your most productive. You are able to enjoy the quiet of the house and have some time to yourself before everyone else is up and about.

Here are some tips to help you get up early.

Start slowly

Don’t suddenly set your alarm for 5:30 in the morning. Instead, move it forward by 30 minutes every few days to give your body time to adjust.

Go to bed early

If you don’t go to bed earlier, you will soon start to become sleep deprived. Many people find the last hour before bed is wasted — perhaps by watching TV. Instead, force yourself to go to bed – read a book in bed, if it helps — and you will start to feel sleepy.

Stay away from coffee

Don’t drink coffee too late in the afternoon, otherwise you will find it hard to go to sleep early enough.

Get up right away

Place your alarm clock so it’s out of easy reach, and don’t be tempted to hit the snooze button. Instead, get up right away and leave the bedroom. That will tell your body that it really is time to get up.

Have something important to do

Before you go to bed, write down one thing you want to accomplish when you first get up; this will give you a reason to get out of bed in the morning. Otherwise, it’s easy to fool yourself into thinking that you can have another hour of sleep.

Wake up early every day

Your body quite easily gets into the pattern of waking up at a certain time each day. But if you let yourself slip back into your usual hours on the weekend, you’ll find you are back at square one on Monday morning.

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