Being an early riser and having the habit of getting up early in the morning can be very complicated, especially when you have gotten used to having a bad sleep routine. But once you master this habit, you can enjoy all the benefits it has to offer.

Tips to be an early riser

Here is a list of 8 tips so that you can be an early riser, and have no difficulty getting out of bed and starting the day full of energy .

1. Don’t make drastic changes

Start slowly, waking up only 15-30 minutes earlier than usual. Get used to this for a few days. Then reduce another 15 minutes. Do this gradually until you reach your target time.

2. Get used to sleeping earlier

You may be used to staying up late, perhaps watching television or surfing the Internet. But if you continue with this habit, while trying to implement the one of getting up earlier, sooner or later one of you will give in.

And if it’s the one to get up early, then you’ll fall asleep late and have to start over.

It is best if you go to bed earlier, even if you think you will not be able to sleep, and read while you are in bed. If you are really tired, you may fall asleep much sooner than you think.

3. Put your alarm clock away from your bed

This is a very good technique to be an early riser. If you leave your alarm clock right next to your bed, you will quickly turn it off or simply hit the snooze button. If it’s far from your bed, you’ll have to get up to turn it off. By then, you will already be awake. Now the goal is to keep you awake.

4. Leave your room as soon as you turn off the alarm

Don’t let your mind start rationalizing going back to bed. Just force yourself out of your room . Once you’ve gone to the bathroom, washed your face, and brushed your teeth, you’ll be awake enough to start your day.

5. Don’t overthink things

If you allow your brain to start convincing you not to get up early, then you never will. Don’t let going back to bed be an option.

6. Set goals

Set some important goal that you can accomplish early in the morning. This reason will motivate you to get up. It can be from having a moment of reading, doing a task or even exercising.

7. Make waking up early a reward for you

Yes, at first it may seem like you’re forcing yourself to do something difficult, but if you make it into something enjoyable, you’ll soon find yourself wanting to get up early. A good way to reward yourself is to make yourself a cup of hot coffee or tea and read a book.

Other rewards can be making your favorite breakfast, watching the sunrise, or meditating. Find something that you find enjoyable and implement it on a recurring basis in your routine.

8. Take advantage of all the extra time

Don’t wake up an hour or two early just to be on social media, unless that’s one of your main goals. Don’t be an early riser just to waste all that extra time

Start the day right!

You can use this time to start preparing your children’s lunches, or plan the rest of the day, exercise, or meditate and read.

By Dr. Eric Jackson

Dr. Eric Jackson provides primary Internal Medicine care for men and women and treats patients with bone and mineral diseases, diabetes, heart conditions, and other chronic illnesses.He is a Washington University Bone Health Program physician and is a certified Bone Densitometrist. Dr. Avery is consistently recognized in "The Best Doctors in America" list.

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