The other day, my sister asked a question that rang like music in my ears.
“I want to wake up earlier in the morning, but I don’t want my sleep to suffer. Do you know how I can make that happen?”
Well yes, sister, I do.
Little did she know, I’ve been studying and learning how to solve this exact problem for quite some time now.
In fact, I’m currently writing the definitive guide of how to wake up (and stay up) even when you’d rather sleep.
So I’d say I know a thing or two about it.
Here’s what I told her to do:
If you want to wake up earlier — and ensure your sleep doesn’t suffer — the first thing you must do is go to bed earlier. Shocking, I know. But all-important, all the same.
If you want to wake up earlier — and ensure your sleep doesn’t suffer — next, you must improve your sleep quality.
How? Here are a few simple rules that will help.
- Stop drinking caffeine at least 10 hours before you want to go to bed. Otherwise, the lingering caffeine in your blood will disrupt your sleep.
- Stop drinking alcohol or eating big meals (especially spicy ones) at least 3 hours before bed. Alcohol destroys sleep quality. And big meals = more active digestion = more tossing and turning throughout the night.
- Shut off all devices (phone, computer, tablet, television, etc) at least 2 hours before bed. Too much blue light too close to bed will disrupt your sleep, as well. So better to get away from it.
Now, whether she follows these tips, I don’t know.
But if you’re someone who wants to get out of bed earlier without your sleep suffering, this is where you can (and should) start, too.
Over time, IT WILL get easier — but only if you stick with it.
So good luck, and good morning.
And may you rise a little earlier each and every day.
Oh, and when you’re ready