“It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth and wisdom” – Aristotle
Most of us sleep more than we need, wasting precious time which could be spent interacting with the world around us.
Get into the habit of waking up early; I like to wake up between 5 and 5.30 am as this frees time in my day to do the activities I know are going to contribute to a happy, fulfilling day.
Most people don’t realise that majority of the population only needs 6.5 hours of sleep a night. This will vary for some individuals, especially those with heavy exercise routines who need more sleep for recovery.
The quality of your sleep is far more important than the quantity, you can find out how to get the best quality sleep here.
Sleep is like habit
Like all habits, you must train to get the result you want – this takes time to be instilled.
Initially it will be difficult waking up early as you adjust your body clock, but after a few days your body will begin to adapt to your new waking time and you will begin to feel more alert and coherent immediately after you rise.
The Trick to waking up without an alarm
It can be very jarring to be awoken by the sound of your alarm in the morning, particularly if you are in deep sleep – you want to avoid this as much as possible.
There are 2 ways to avoid your alarm making you feel like a zombie:
Use a sleep app to track your sleep
This is such an essential element to mastering your sleep and waking up fresh. My favourite is Sleep Cycle, this app tracks your movements as you sleep, then your alarm tone will sound when you are in a light phase of sleep so your wake up becomes a lot easier.
Visualise your wake up time
Now, this one is the key to mastering mornings without an alarm – it will only work once you have ingrained your habit of waking up early.
The night before you go to bed, visualise the exact wake up time you want to rise. You are actually setting an alarm in your subconscious mind.
Have you ever noticed when you have a really important meeting, job interview, or flight to catch – before bed the event is running through your mind, you tend to wake up before your alarm? This is because the subconscious is receptive to what is in your mind before you sleep.
Utilise the extra time you have in the morning
Once you have established your habit of waking up early, make the most of this extra 1-2 hours in your day. You will be amazed at how much you can achieve in the morning when you are the first one awake.
Include activities that are going to help start your day off well:
It is important to understand that the thoughts you have and the actions you take immediately after waking up have a profound impact on the quality of your day. By ensuring these actions feed your body and mind with fuel that will power your day, you allow the abundance of life energy to flow through you.
Once you master the early wake ups you will notice a profound energy that follows you throughout your day. Find something to channel this energy into, maybe a passion that you haven’t had the time to follow, a hobby, personal project, or loved ones.
Waking up early sets the foundation for success.
“Lose an hour in the morning, and you will be all day hunting for it”
– Richard Whately
I hope this finds you well.