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How To Discipline Yourself To Wake Up Early (My Simple 4-Step Process)

I’m struggling to get out of bed in the morning physically. I’ll just wake up and stay in bed for a while… Any ideas on how to wake up easier?”

I received this text message from a good friend and one of my accountability partners a few days ago.

And it got me thinking: What do I do to wake up early? After all, I’ve been waking up between 4 and 5 AM almost every day for nearly 4 years. And I know getting up early is one of the fundamental pillars of self-discipline as it gives you a head start on the day. While I’m certainly no sleep specialist, I have nailed a morning routine that has contributed (in my opinion) to a very healthy sleep cycle.

So, if you’re wondering how you can avoid snoozing and become one of those “morning people” who are always getting things done, you’ve come to the right place.

Because I’m going to share with you my simple 3-step process for how to get out of bed early. But first, it’s important to know…

Why You Should Start Waking Up Early

The early bird doesn’t just get the worm…

He gets the berries, seeds, insects, fruits, and nectar while the night owls are still fast asleep. The early mornings are your opportunity to kick off your day right. Moreover, they are the perfect time to prime your mood and energy levels. Early risers have it made.

However, if you don’t fall into this category, here are a few advantages to making the change:

  • Feeling refreshed: This benefit may take some time if you’re a night owl. But once you get into the routine of waking up early, you’ll feel better in terms of your energy levels.
  • Mental health: According to research, waking up early can reduce your risk of depression by 23%.
  • More time: When your wake-up time is set for an earlier hour, you have more time on your hands to get ready for the day. You can journal, exercise, read, and just enjoy your mornings more when you don’t hit that snooze button.
  • Consistent sleep schedule: Waking up early helps stabilize your sleep schedule. Our circadian rhythms need a predictable bedtime routine in order to function properly. And becoming a morning person helps facilitate this.

My Simple 3-Step Process To Get Out Of Bed Earlier

Waking up early is one of the first disciplines you should adopt to build more self-control in your life.

It’s just a simple and wise place to start. While creating an evening routine or uncovering how your body’s internal clock operates are helpful, I have found a simple 3-step process that has been incredibly valuable in helping me to get up in the mornings.

And the best part?

Once you make this change, other lifestyle adjustments will become much easier as a result. Why? Because controlling your sleep schedule to become an early riser is one of the most challenging disciplines to adopt. But with that being said…

Here is my 3-step process to help you wake up early and get a head start in the morning.

1. Alarm Clock Logistics

The first step is to practice what I call alarm clock logistics.

Here’s what you do: Place your phone at the other end of your room. Then, when it sounds off in the early morning, you have no choice but to get out of your bed to silence it. It’s a simple practice that can start shifting your “body clock” so you can start getting out of bed earlier.

This simple practice can help you get up and stay up when that first alarm sounds.

2. Hydrate Your System

Your body loses water content as you breathe during sleep.

For this reason, it’s essential to hydrate your system when you wake up. But more than that, drinking water in the morning also revitalizes your system, helping you feel more alert. So, it’s a great habit to have when you wake up early, as it helps replenish your body.

3. Move Your Body

Few things are more important than regular exercise.

And simply moving your body first thing in the morning can help snap you awake when you’re tired and dreary. For me, one of the first things I do when I wake up is drop to the floor and do 100 push-ups. It puts me in “do mode,” where I’m already building momentum for my day by doing something difficult first thing in the morning.

Even if my sleep quality the previous night not wasn’t the great, I still hit the floor and do those push-ups.

4. Make Some Lifestyle Adjustments

If you implement the above suggestions but you still have trouble waking up, you may have to make a few changes to your lifestyle. It’s important to experiment to see what habits and disciplines can help you with compromising on a good quality sleep. But here are a few best practices that can give you some inspiration:

  1. Limit caffeine: Stay away from caffeine at least 6 to 8 hours before bed if you can. This stimulant will keep you functioning on all cylinders. And while that’s great for being productive during the day, it’s horrible for a good night’s sleep. So ensure that you’re not consuming any caffeine toward the latter half of your day, as it will hinder your ability to fall asleep at night.
  2. Stay away from screens: About an hour before I go to sleep, I put away all screens. I shut down my laptop, put away my phone, and do something relaxing (like read or journal) to get myself ready for bed. The blue light emitted from your screens interferes with melatonin production (the hormone that helps you sleep at night), and this can throw off your circadian rhythm and disrupt sleep sleep.
  3. Relaxing evening routine: To wake up early in the morning, it helps to have a consistent nighttime routine. As already mentioned, I enjoy reading and journaling, as these are healthy habits that make me feel sleepy. That’s what works for me. It may be different for you, and that’s fine. Play around with a few routines to see what feels best for you.

Are You Ready To Start Waking Up Early?

Waking up early can be challenging at first. However, once you get over that initial slump, it becomes automatic just like anything else. If you need additional assistance developing good habits and staying on track toward your self-improvement, I suggest you sign up for The Motivated And Disciplined Newsletter below, where you’ll receive breakthrough personal development tips delivered weekly to your inbox.

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