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Waking up early sucks! There, I said it. Some people (the Mister) can wake up early like it’s nothing. Their feet hit the floor, and they start moving around and begin their day. Then there are others (me) whose alarms go off, and they hit snooze until they have no choice but to get up and head straight for the coffee pot. Holding an intelligent conversation before the first cup of coffee is gone? Nope. The Mister regularly wakes up around 4 AM like it’s nothing. I wonder about him. I, however, hit snooze until the last possible minute to get Little Man ready for school and on the bus in the morning. Doing it that way made my mornings start out hectic.
There were two main reasons I wanted to start waking up early. For starters, to get my morning workout done while the dogs were still asleep. Trying to do Yoga with a Bassett Hound who thinks she is helping me by laying on the mat was not working well. The little Princess and I spent a lot of Yoga time arguing. And second, to get some calm and quiet before Little Man wakes up and starts in with the “mom, mom, mom, mom, mom” routine. I had decided to make early mornings part of my Self Care routine. Have my coffee in peace and quiet. However, I am not a morning person AT ALL.
The Mister tried telling me to just wake up, and as soon as my feet hit the floor, start doing squats and stretches to wake up. Umm yeah, that’s not going to work for me. I won’t lie, I do not wake up every morning with a smile on my face, feeling like Snow White singing with the birds. There is lots of good advice out there. However, the tricks weren’t going to exactly work for me. So here are some ways to wake up earlier and some variations if they won’t work exactly for you! This is part of my goal setting plan and creating healthy habits goals. Check out my post on creating healthy habits and 3 tricks to help you follow through with them! And grab the free printable while you are there!
Waking Up Early When you HATE Mornings
Prep what you can the night before.
Have lunches that need to be packed for the next day? Do them all the night before, so there is one less task to rush through in the morning. I also started setting out Little Man’s clothes the night before. He wakes up, gets dressed without arguing, and comes out for breakfast. Do what you can the night before! Starting off the days feeling less rushed really is a great feeling.
Make sure you get enough sleep.
On average that is around 7-8 hours a night. However, everyone is different. Some people feel great after 6 hours of sleep. I’ve realized if I sleep more than 7 hours a night I feel groggier than normal when I wake up. Less than 6 hours and I am Grumpy Bear in the morning and turning on the coffee pot for round 2 by early afternoon. Try keeping a sleep journal for a few weeks. Track how much sleep you got each night and how you felt waking up in the morning as well as throughout the day. Listen to your body, and it will tell you how much sleep you need. This will definitely help with making it easier to wake up early. This little gadget is actually on my Mother’s Day wish list to help with falling asleep at night!
Make a bedtime routine and stick with it to create a habit.
Eventually, your body will take that as a sign that it is time to go to sleep. It can be anything you want really, just keep it a calming activity. Wash your face and read a book before your set time for lights out. You can try a short Yoga sequence for promoting more restful sleep. My guilty pleasure is playing Angry Birds and Candy Crush for half an hour before lights out. Do what works for you.
Don’t hit Snooze.
This was the tough one for me. I love the snooze button. Moving your alarm across the room is one way to help with this. It will force you to get out of bed and get moving. I use my phone as an alarm, so I opted to take the Snooze button option off of my alarm. That way I wouldn’t hit snooze then go climb back into bed.
Drink a glass of water right away when you wake up.
After being asleep all night, a glass of water may be just what you need to wake up a bit and get motivated. Give your body some love and rehydrate it. If you’re like me and head straight for the coffee pot as soon as you wake up, try making it a habit to drink a glass of water while you wait for your coffee to brew.
Now if you are the type of person who can hop out of bed, have a glass of water and immediately start working out, awesome! I’m kind of jealous of you. However, if you are not, there are small ways you can get moving without a full workout. While waiting for your coffee to brew and drinking your water, do some heel raises to get your body moving. Or how about a quick morning Yoga wake up routine in bed to get you moving. Whatever you do, resist the urge to curl up on the couch or your favorite chair right after getting out of bed.
Take baby steps with waking up early.
If your goal is to wake up an hour earlier every morning, work your way towards it with small steps. Start by setting your alarm for 10 or 15 minutes earlier for one week. The next week, 10 or 15 minutes earlier again. Keep doing this until you reach your goal wake up time. If doing it for 2 weeks at a time works better for you, do it that way. Once again, the key here is what works best for you.
This was another hard one for me. Weekends are made for sleeping in! It sucks, but staying consistent and waking up early even on the weekends is important. One way to help with this is to reward yourself with a morning treat on the weekends to help lure yourself out of bed on a Saturday morning. Weekend mornings are when I have a big blueberry muffin with my coffee.
What are some tricks you use to wake up earlier in the mornings?