How To Wake Up Early
Without a doubt sleep is a critical component of your training/weight loss plan and competitive athletes are very aware of this. Sleep is the time when our body repairs all our muscles and prepares all waste products to be removed so if you are doing all the training in the world but you’re not getting enough sleep then you are also not going to see the results you should be getting.
I’ll be honest waking up early has always been a struggle for me and is something I have been working on a lot lately mostly because I’ve found when I wake up early and get to the gym first thing my energy levels are heightened for the rest of the day. This is extremely effective in making you far more productive in your work and opens up time to spend with your friends and family so the rewards are pretty awesome.
How To Wake Up Early Tip 1
The first and most important element of a good sleep is to reduce stimulants and depressants which can harshly effect your sleep quality. And this is a tough one because that means that we need to reduce our consumption of caffeinated products as well as alcoholic drinks.
Caffeine and other stimulants found in coffee and black teas saturate our adrenaline hormone levels and if taken after 3 or 4pm (assuming you want to get to sleep at 11pm) can have a long lasting effect in keeping our heart rates a little too high to fall asleep. If you are taking supplements make sure you also pay close attention to when you are taking them as many in the market today have caffeine or derivatives of ephedrine.
The problem with alcohol is that it is a depressant and can induce sleep but as the effect wears off we start coming out of our deep sleep cycle and end up waking up in the middle of the night. Stick to a maximum of one glass of wine a night and you will prevent this sleep disruption.
How To Wake Up Early Tip 2
If you’re accustomed to waking up at 8am then all of a sudden waking up at 6am can be too much of a shock to your body leaving you feeling tired and lethargic for the rest of the day especially if you didn’t get enough sleep the night before.
So let’s try a different strategy and reduce the pressure by waking up 15 minutes earlier each day until you get to your goal.
Still think this is too big of a challenge? Let’s try adding one more thing. Instead of waking up to an annoying buzzing alarm try setting it up so that you can wake up to the latest song you’re really into. It might be a little money, but isn’t it money well spent if it sets you off on the right foot and allows you to get tons more done each day? Check out this fully featured ipod/iphone alarm clock from Amazon.com
How To Wake Up Early Tip 3
Brighten up! Ok well brighten up your room that is. Light can be a great way to get you out of bed, but what can we do when it’s winter and it’s dark outside or we don’t want to sleep with our blinds open?
Simple…get a timer switch.
These are super cheap and easy to set up…all you need to do is to change up one of your light switches with these and you can easily program it to turn on a few minutes before your alarm. Check out this affordable and sleek timer switch at Amazon.com which also has sunrise and sunset activation!
Ok, let’s do this as a challenge and see how effective it can be. I’m in this with you guys and looking for feedback on how these tips are working or not working so please make sure to leave a comment below if you try it!