Ever since I know myself, I hated waking up early in the morning. We all know Mum’s waking up / sleep hacks: the “Oh, my God! Wake up, it’s already 11 a.m.!”, when it actually is 9 a.m. But since I saw my father waking up at 5 a.m. daily and taking a couple of hours in the morning for himself, to plan and think while everything is still quite around, I started to wake up earlier. Or at least earlier than 9 a.m.
If you experienced the early stages of the day, you know how peace and quite it is. I find it the perfect period of the day for creative people to… you know, create. Your mind is fresh and rested, inspiration and mindfulness will come naturally.
Waking up early can be difficult. Not to mention the energy strongly refuses to show up when outside is still dark. Anyway, waking up early and feeling full of energy is amazing and here are some sleep hacks that will help you achieve it!
Start the day before
A wonderful day starts the day before. When you go to sleep, to be more precise. Having a sleep routine, is one of most successful people’s secret. Forming a habit (especially a healthy one) can be tough. So try to do certain things that will let your mind know that it will go to sleep soon. Here are some activities you can take up:
- read a few pages of a book;
- write in a journal three things you are grateful for that day;
- follow your night routine (brush teeth, take a shower, etc);
- do light stretching exercises;
- plan your to-do list for the next day or check your to-do list for the day.
1. Go to sleep at the same time
Useless to say that going to sleep at the same time will help you wake up at the same time and you will form a habit out of it. Depending on when you plan to wake up, set your bedtime. Plan 6 to 8 hours of sleep. Usually, more than 9 hours of sleep a night will do more harm than good. But you probably experienced this already. I do recommend to wake up early (6 or 7 a.m.) for some nice quality time.
Not to mention that you have to do this even during weekends. No sleep in. Sorry.
2. Drink water
There is no secret that a lot of people recommend us to drink a glass of water before going to sleep, but also the first thing in the morning to boost your body’s energy. The before bed glass of water will cleanse your body during the night (you will pee the first thing in the morning). The morning glass of water will “wake up” your organs and your whole body – mind included.
Related: 4 Things to Do Once You Wake Up
3. Eat responsibly
The way I see eating responsibly is to avoid unhealthy foods (fat, fast food, fried), know when to stop eating and when to eat. You’ve probably noticed that you eat a lot right before going to sleep does no good in helping you sleep smoothly. So, even though that burger is delicious, keep the other half for tomorrow. Also, avoid caffeine of any kind in the evening.
4. Stop snoozing
I know that it sounds cruel, because those extra 5 minutes feel like Haven. But snoozing does no good to you or to your overall morning mood.
5. Keep those curtains open
Keeping the curtains open overnight will allow the morning light to surround the room as the sun rises. This will help you wake up naturally and easier because the level of light will grow slowly. We all hate when someone wants to wake us up and opens the curtains all of the sudden. It’s painful in so many ways.
6. Have high-protein breakfast
If there is something (useful) that I’ve learnt in school, that would be that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It gives you the “fuel” to go throughout the day and you don’t have to worry too much about gaining weight because of a sumptuous breakfast.
Porridge, omelettes or the Instagram-worthy avocado toast are great ideas.
Which sleep hacks are your favourite? Do you apply any of these? Hope you find them useful and that from tomorrow you will wake up full of energy.