8 Tips For Night Owls To Wake Up Early
Whether you like it or not, the corporate world is much in favor to the early birds than in night owls. And it’s not only that. Schools, banks, and other establishments closes late in the afternoon which are also patterned in the early bird schedule. Only night classes, gas stops and 24-hour convenience stores are what’s left for night owls. Night owls who work graveyard still have hope. Even if you are used to waking up at 12 PM, you can still wake up early by following these tips:
- Identify your purpose.
Waking up early is not only a challenge for the night owls; but for the early birds as well. It’s not just about getting out of bed early. You wake up early because you have a purpose for getting up early. This will serve as your driving force to not sleep in even after the alarm goes off.
- Anticipate your sleep.
Train your body to wake up exactly at the same time everyday. If you usually sleep at 7 AM, make some adjustments by sleeping 10 to 15 minutes earlier the following day and you will notice that you wake up 10 to 15 minutes earlier as well. Keep doing it until your body learns to wake early and you’ll be surprised how quick you adapted to the early bird schedule.
- Create an environment that promotes sleep.
When it’s time to go to bed, turn off the lights and stop using your gadgets. The light coming from your laptop or smartphone interrupts with the sleeping cycle due to the altered secretion of sleeping hormone melatonin by the body. Keep your bedroom calm so you can sleep better.
- Don’t take a nap 7 hours after you wake up.
Taking a nap 7 hours after you wake up will just make you feel energized all throughout the day and you will tend to stay up late and therefore wake up late as well. If you want to take a nap, do it as early as possible not exceeding the 7-hour rule.
- Go camping.
Research shows that not having access to artificial light for a week can help people to adjust their sleep schedule with the sunrise and sunset. Consider going on camping with friends and leave all your electronic gadgets as well. So when the lights go off, you will have no other choice but to close your eyes whether you like it or not.
- Identify what makes you sleepy and include it in your routine.
What do you usually do to promote sleep? Do you take a shower before going to bed? Do you read a book? Do you check your emails? Find out what triggers your sleep and stick with this routine. Some people gets drowsy reading a book. So if you’re one of them, better keep a book on the side table ready.
- Eat a lot on lunch time.
Though breakfast is the most important meal of the day and it is recommended to consume more during this time, ENT specializing in sleep disorders suggest to have heavy lunch meals and lighter breakfast and dinner to help night owls sleep and wake up early.
- Resist the urge to press the snooze button.
Most people are guilty of pressing the snooze button and sleeping in instead of getting up when the alarm is heard. You can try to wake up for 10 minutes and do your usual routine before the alarm goes off. Don’t be tempted to go back to bed. In this way, you’ll be fully awake and ready for the day.