13 Steps to Wake Up Early in the Morning (and not Feel Tired!)

Do you want to have more success? Or increase your happiness throughout the day? Or simply get more things done?

If you answered “yes” to any of these questions, then you can achieve these outcomes by waking up earlier than usual.

Before we discuss this any further, picture this scenario:

The alarm goes off at 7:00 AM. You hit the snooze button. You just need those additional minutes to catch up on precious sleep because you were up until 2:00 am bingeing on the episodes you’ve missed of your favorite show.

Beep. Beep. The alarm goes again. You snooze it a second time. And a third.

Finally, you get up. You know you’re going to be late for work today, so you hurry through your morning ritual. You head out the door with a hurried goodbye to your family. No time for catching up. You plan to do that in the evening when you get home.

Rising early equates to success, but what do you do when you’re fond of hitting the snooze button?

The commute to your office is horrible. At the office, you grab a cup of coffee and mutter a greeting to the rest of your colleagues as you sit down at your desk.

And there’s the boss headed your way. You’re asked about the report due that day. You haven’t finished it yet, and promise to do it before the end of the day. At least you get an extension. You just have to call and tell your family that you’re going to be late and will miss dinner. Again.

This scenario is familiar to most of us. And it’s causing misery in our lives.

In this article, we are going to show you that rising early equates to success, and provide you with tips that can help you ease into the habit of being an early riser. Furthermore, we will give suggestions for how to stay energized even when you’ve woken up so early in the day.

But first, let’s discuss what benefits you will reap by waking up early.

What Are the Benefits of Waking Up Early?

Better academic performance.

A 2008 study showed that students who believe they are morning people typically have GPAs that are a full point more than those who admit to staying up late at night.

This is probably because early risers have better time management, but it may also be due to the fact that early risers have better concentration and focus. Getting good grades has a domino effect in life because students who get good grades have a higher chance of having better career opportunities.

Better chance of career success.

Many successful individuals are early risers. They tend to have a higher level of productivity, getting more things done than those who start their days later. In fact, Americans who wake up with work and money on their minds are less likely to hit the snooze button before getting out of bed. When people have the drive of financial motivation, they are less likely to sleep in past their alarms.

A survey done by SleepJunkie.com, where they interviewed more than a thousand Americans, revealed the link between people’s wake-up times, salaries, and job satisfaction. The infographic below shows the results of the survey, where the early risers tend to have higher salaries and also have higher job satisfaction compared with those who wake up later.

Fosters productivity.

In noteworthy research completed in 2008, Christoph Randler, a biologist from Harvard University, discovered that people who wake up early exhibit more proactivity than those who sleep in. The early risers also tend to avoid procrastination.

People who get up early are especially productive for a variety of reasons. First, they have more time during the day to focus on the tasks that help them make progress toward their goals. The early morning is a great time to get work done because you have fewer interruptions than you do in the middle of the day when everyone is active.

People usually make better decisions and are able to think with more clarity in the morning than later in the day. Also, if you can get up early, you will notice that you have more energy during the day, which will help you stay productive and get more work done.

Increases capacity for problem solving.

In the corporate world, early risers have a greater tendency to anticipate problems in their daily schedules, and are able to address them much earlier, thus increasing their success.

People who wake up early have better critical thinking skills that help them be more creative in their problem-solving abilities, and are even able to engage in their work more easily due to having a boost in memory and concentration.

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Opportunity for better planning for what’s in store for the day ahead.

Before the office gets busy, an early riser can usually maximize his or her use of the quiet time to plan, organize, and set goals for the rest of the day. Being organized is an important part of being productive and managing your stress. If you have a clear plan for your day, you’ll be in the right frame of mind to complete your work. Without a to-do list, you’re more likely to forget to do important things.

By waking up early, you’re able to take the time to write down your priorities for the day. Taking even just 10 minutes in the morning to record your daily goals or your plan for the day will decrease your stress and increase your productivity. Alternatively, when you sleep in, you have to rush through the morning, which hardly gives you the time you need to stop and think about your daily goals.

Paves the way to better health.

Some early risers use the time before other members of the family are awake to exercise. If you get your workout finished in the morning, you are less likely to skip a day due to unexpected things coming up. We all know that regular exercise provides energy for us to deal with the work ahead. Moreover, even a quick workout helps create deeper sleep cycles.

The first hour of your day sets the tone for the remainder of it. This hour is called the “golden hour” because the things that you do during this time prepare your mind and body for the rest of the day. By starting your day by working out, you will be more likely to make healthier choices throughout the day.

Promotes better sleep quality.

Most people who rise early also tend to go to sleep early. Also, people who have to get up early often plan their sleeping schedules to be consistent, meaning they wake up at the same time every day and go to sleep at the same time every night. If you maintain a steady sleep routine, you will be teaching your body’s internal clock to get in tune with the earth’s circadian rhythm, which allows you to get more restorative sleep.

Once you train your internal clock to have a good, steady sleep routine, you will be tired when you want to be and energetic when you need to be. This will also help you naturally wake up with energy instead of feeling groggy. Because of this, it is important to maintain your sleep schedule on the weekends.

The first hour of your day sets the tone for the remainder of it. During this time you can prepare your mind and body for the rest of the day.

Develops a more agreeable attitude.

Early risers exhibit positive character traits, such as being more agreeable, being content, and being more conscientious with their work. Alternatively, sleeping in can put you at a higher risk for developing depression and other mental illnesses.

One study found that people who sleep in late have a higher risk of developing negative thoughts that may become overwhelming. However, people who wake up early live with a better mindset because, every morning, they use their strong sense of self-control when they win the fight against their alarm clocks.

Improves timeliness.

One benefit of rising early is that you will have an easier commute. You are able to beat the morning rush and arrive ahead of time at the office or school.

During this quiet time, you can get some concentrated work done before people start to arrive. This will prevent you from getting behind during the day, and being habitually late to meetings and getting behind on deadlines.

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More focus = more productivity.

The quiet office before other people arrive is a conducive environment for focused work. Most early risers get a great amount of work done in the first couple of hours after they come in, when there is a smaller chance of being interrupted by other coworkers.

This is part of the domino effect that waking up early creates—you end up with more quiet time in which you can control and limit your interruptions.

Longer time to spend with the family.

The more work one gets done by getting to work early, the lesser the chance of having to bring work home. This allows you to have more quality time with the people who matter the most to you.

If you wake up just one hour earlier every day, you will gain 15 days every year. You only need to sleep about seven hours every night, so sleeping any more than that can be thought of as wasting time. What could you do with 15 extra days a year to spend with your family?

This 12-minute video from Bright Side describes someone’s experience when he resolved to wake up regularly at 5:30 am as part of an experiment to see what the difference of becoming an early riser compared with the rest of Americans, who gets out of bed around 6:30 to 7:30 every morning. He discovered that there are numerous benefits to waking up early, and these are discussed in the video.

Conclusion: Wake up early for more success and happiness.

In this article, we have talked about how waking up early increases your success, and provided tips for getting into the habit of rising earlier than usual.

See what difference waking up early can make in your life by trying out the processes mentioned here for at least a week.

I hope that this new habit can bring more success, good health, and happiness to your life. If you wish to read more about habits that energize your day.

For further tips on workplace habits that help build success in your career, check out this post.

Cheers to your success!

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