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I can never seem to wake up early no matter how much I want to - what's the best way to develop this habit?

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Last Updated: 10/19/2020 at 2:11pm
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March 15th, 2015 3:03pm
Have a strong motivation that encourages u to wake up , if u are living an unhappy life thats a reason , u have no reason to wake up. Add the spark to ur life , then u won't want to go to sleep
May 6th, 2015 4:36am
I've tried doing this many times and the only times I've ever succeeded is when I've actually had a reason to get up beyond just wanting to or promising myself that I'll wake up earlier. Depending on your reason for wanting to wake up earlier maybe set yourself a challenge; go for a walk/jog before work or school, get your housework done so you don't have to after school/work. But, and this is the important thing, you have to remember not to sabotage your effort by staying up too late first. No one will want to get out of bed to do anything if they don't get enough sleep first!
January 28th, 2015 9:55pm
Easing in to it can help. Plan to wake up a bit earlier each day before you need to be up earlier. This can also help with getting to bed earlier each night, as there's still a decent amount of awake time in between getting up and going to bed.
April 16th, 2015 5:32pm
Waking up early is a good thing to do when you want to get things done early. Before going to sleep, breathe deeply in and out for 7 or 8 times. Then do a eye exercise where you focus onto a distant object then to a nearer object. Do it for 1 minute. When going to sleep, don't think too much. Think of the happy thoughts then dose off.
May 14th, 2015 12:48am
Make sure you're getting to bed at a good time and you could try looking into sleep cycles. That way you would be waking up with your natural biological clock.
July 21st, 2015 5:36am
Tell yourself every single night before going to sleep that you're going to wake up at a the hour you want to wake up, doing this everyday your brain will understand and you will start waking up earlier :)
October 26th, 2015 7:06pm
I find it easy to set an alarm on a cell phone, and at night turn it to vibrate and leave it on a hard surface near you. This makes a loud noise that wakes you up faster. If this doesn't work, set an alarm and put it across the room- therefore, you have to get out of bed to turn it off.
January 25th, 2016 7:47pm
Going early to sleep seems like a cliché answer but it's true. Since the average person needs about 7-9 hours of sleep,trying to go to sleep that many hours before can actually work
March 29th, 2016 5:12am
Start by going to bed a bit earlier every night. An effective way of doing this can be to: plan you time during the day so that your work or time committed to something other than sleeping won't lead you up to a late time at night. Get things done earlier. Also, stay away from bright lights (this prevents the production of melatonin in your brain, a vital chemical for sleeping), including phones, TVs, and computers before bed time. Try drinking some Rooibos tea before bed -- that really helps as a natural sedative. After a while of doing this, you'll find yourself waking up early easily and you'll feel rested!
June 27th, 2016 5:04pm
I think you should find yourself something to do daily when you wake up that you are enthusiastic about, so that way you would want to wake up early, and you can put up an alarm for the time you want to wake up at.
August 15th, 2016 8:17pm
Sleeping the adequate quantity of hours, approximately 8 hours per day is okay Also avoiding smoking, or doing exercise and using the cellphone/notebook/tv before you go to sleep since the brain keeps working when you lay down
September 6th, 2016 4:47am
Don't release on alarms. Set an activity that you enjoy in the morning to motivate you in waking up early
September 26th, 2016 11:24pm
A good way to train yourself to change sleeping patterns is to do it slowly. ... start getting up half an hour earlier each day til you hit the time you would like. This may also include going to bed a bit earlier as well. I find its easier to wake up earlier if it's bright in your room so open those blinds before you go to sleep and you'll have bright wake up call. .. also I don't enjoy waking up to an alarm so I set it to music instead.
October 24th, 2016 11:35pm
consistent sleeping patterns, set yourself a bed time and stick to it. Your body will slowly start to recognise this pattern and will start to wake you up automatically. Other tips that I use are to set two alarm clocks the first being "Should probably wake up now" the second being " If you don't get up now you'll be fired". Also the biggest tip I can give is to harness the power of the sun, I sleep with my curtains open so the sun naturally wakes me up in the morning. Feel free to message me if you want to chat about it :)
January 31st, 2017 11:23am
Resetting your sleep schedule will be really difficult, but it's doable. The trick is to wake up at the same time every day no matter what. Even if you have a bad sleep, you need to wake up at that set time to develop the pattern. Once awake, get ready for your day, no matter if you have things to do or not. Eat breakfast and your meals on time to get your body's digestive clock synched up so it understands when it's time to sleep and time to wake. Lastly, be sure to avoid food and intense activity late at night before bed, and this will keep your mind and stomach active. Read a boring or calming book and do your best to avoid your phone and computer screens. Then, in the morning, drink a full glass of water first thing, this will help with your grogginess and wake you up faster. Good luck!
February 28th, 2017 4:24pm
The best way to develop the habit of waking up early is to set activities in the morning you are excited for, placing your alarm clock across the room so you have to get out of bed to turn the alarm off. If a problem of getting up early is going to bed late, make sure to try to go to bed earlier. Your body needs sleep to be able to function! Without that sleep, it will be harder to get up early.
September 26th, 2017 7:58am
Set an alarm and set whatever has the alarm on it across the room. When you wake up move around, I like to drink lemon water to wake myself up in the morning. Also remember that if you don’t wake up early one day it’s ok because your human your going to mess up every ones in a while.
March 20th, 2018 4:36pm
If you can't wake up early no matter how much you wanted to, to develop this habit you can either going to bed earlier, or stoping internet usages earlier before bedtime.
April 24th, 2018 9:05pm
If you're pushing yourself around or trying too hard to start waking up at 6 when you really wake up at 9, it is very difficult to start. It may be more helpful if you develop this habit gradually. So like the example, I used above if you wake up at 9 but want to make 6 your goal, you should try to wake up at 8:30 first. Doing it slowly will get you started, and you'll probably be able to get where you want if you keep yourself relatively satisfied and not miserable. And just as a side note: If you change your schedule too quickly, it really will be too difficult to manage. Changing your Circadian Rythm or making it too inconsistent too quickly will cause you to probably relapse back.
October 19th, 2020 2:11pm
There are many great apps for alarm clocks which will force you to wake up . They have a tasks to be completed for the alarm to stop . Initial few days will be tough . But try not to fall asleep again. Making the bed immediately ensures that you won't climb into bed after stopping the alarm . And then not taking any naps during the day will ensure that you fall asleep early at night . In just a few days you'll be able to get up early feeling fresh . I Hope this helps you .