Waking Up Early

Some of us can stay up all night long while others struggle with sleepiness and barely make it past midnight. Is being a night person a good enough excuse for staying up all night and sleep till the next afternoon? I leave that up to you...

Work and responsibilities make for discipline whereas unemployment and plenty of freedom tend to make us lazy. With too much freedom at hand your life could be turned completely upside down - working at night and sleeping during the day.

I suggest that a pinch of discipline makes for both happiness and wellbeing. In other words, a win-win situation. You can still lie in on Saturday mornings after a busy week at work, that's perfectly ok!

By waking up early in the morning you've got the whole day ahead of you with hours and hours at hand.

Take it step by step, no need to be hard on yourself.

Time To Sleep

In order to rise early in the morning you need to go to bed at a reasonable hour, that's common sense isn't it?

Try going to bed between 9pm and midnight and sleep for 6-9 hours. See what works best for you. There are no hard rules since the amount of sleep needed varies from person to person. This routine would improve your odds of waking up feeling refreshed.

A retired physician once told me, "The body and mind should rest after sunset, that's our nature." The basic idea is to establish a regular sleep pattern which simply means going to sleep at about the same time every night. This way you'll find balance and it becomes second nature to wake up early in the morning. In other words, it becomes a habit.

No matter how tempting it may be, don't press snooze when the alarm resounds in the morning. This only leads to oversleeping. Instead, find the strength to put the alarm clock a few steps away from the bed and make it a habit not to roll back into bed once you've switched it off. Practice makes perfect...

Best of luck!

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