It is well to be up before daybreak, for such habits contribute to health, wealth, and wisdom. – Aristotle
Tips mentioned below are tried & tested by many folks. So that gives you more assurance of trying them.
– Practice getting up as soon as your alarm goes off. That’s right — practice. But don’t do it in the morning. Do it during the day when you’re wide awake.
Go to your bedroom, and set the room conditions to match your desired wake-up time as best you can. Darken the room, or practice in the evening just after sunset so it’s already dark. If you sleep in pajamas & brush your teeth before bed or take off your glasses or contacts when you sleep then do all these things.
– Set one bedside alarm for 0600 – and also set telephone to ring at 0605 but put the phone on the other side of the room so that you have to get out of bed to stop it ringing…. What happens is this: either you wake up & cancel the alarm or you get up & answer the call to stop it ringing. First, we’re strongly programmed to answer the phone. Second, we are also very strongly programmed not to wake other people around us! A ringing phone will do this so you have powerful motivators at work: guilt & fear.
– Another thing to do is to schedule sleep. You will be shocked to see how crowded your schedule became until you realized that you were sleeping or wasting so many hours of a week.
For a week maintain a notebook & chart yourself; times when you get up; times when you are mentally agile & able to focus & times when you are mentally fatigued & unable to maintain focus.
– Go to bed when you are exhausted i.e. only when you are so exhausted that you’ll be soundly sleeping within 5 minutes of hitting the mattress. Work or read till you are ready for bed.
– Sleep early, you can get rid of the alarm itself. Using your natural body timer to wake yourself is probably best natural alarm clock to have. Training yourself to get your sleep pattern in sync with your body clock is probably the most challenging task.
– Use a big old clank-in bell alarm clock on top of the tv on the other side of the room. And see the difference.
– Getting up at exactly the same time every single day including weekends. This will discipline your body in that way.
– Use the same dual-alarm technique with cell phone, but a word of caution to those who customize their phone’s ring-tone. Make sure the ring-tone is either really annoying or really motivational. If the ring-tone is a song that you like but does nothing to motivate you to get out of bed & ready to conquer the day, then you’ll just end up laying there listening to a song you like, and then falling back to sleep.
– Set up the coffee pot the night before so that it starts up automatically about 30 minutes before your alarm clock. Then put the alarm clock in a place where you have to get up to turn it off (preferably in the other room, next to the coffee pot). Then just get up, turn off the alarm clock, and pour yourself a cup.
– Wake up at a fixed hour i.e. to wake up at the appointed hour (5:00am) every day. Seven days a week.
– You absolutely, positively, must not ever get back in bed after getting up to shut your alarm off. Don’t even sit back down on the bed! (Tying shoes standing up is said to be good exercise…) A cold, non-carpeted floor on bare feet helps, too!
– There are devices to vibrate the bed, generally intended for the hearing impaired/deaf. That is something we say “it scared me straight out of bed” Might be something for some folks who have a tough time getting out of bed to try.
– Who normally just figure on hitting the snooze bar 5 or 6 times anyway, then to get out of bed by say 6:15, set the alarm for 5:15. Or set the clock ahead some odd time like 34 minutes, & set the alarm for like 6:13 to figure out what time it really is you have to take 34 minutes off in base 60, which by the time you realize that it’s only 5:39 your up & moving.
– Stick a month calendar on the mirror in the bathroom or the fridge & note down your progress. To change, you have to measure; to improve, you have to keep a log.
– Sunlight can help too. When bed is positioned in such a way that the early morning sunlight shines right in your face then you are bound to get up anyway.
– Use wrist-watch alarm, which isn’t as blaring as some stand-alone alarm clocks & doesn’t scare the hell out of you & your wife when it goes off. You will find the intermittent beeps a more gentle way to wake up.
– Use CLOCKY
– It’s an issue of repetition with some people. If they have heard a specific alarm clock’s sound two or three times, their body has entirely adjusted to it & no longer wakes to its sound (they guess it categorizes the sound as being something that normally occurs in the house, so there’s no need for it to be alarmed). Even found this to be true of multiple alarm clocks. For instance… setting three alarm clocks–one by bed, one at the other end of same room, and one in the other room where you can hear it with all set a few minutes apart. For the first few days, will work wonders, but after the third or fourth day, you will grow totally accustomed to all the different sounds, & none of them will jolt you anymore. You may get up, turn off both of the more inconvenient ones, then go back to bed!
For these guys downloading Citrus Alarm Clock will help. Plan to set it to cut on different mp3s, depending on what day of the week it is. change it each week, to see if avoiding the same sounds will keep you getting up when you need to.
Gain more quality time & be more productive. Early morning is excellent uninterrupted time to meditate, review long-term objectives, plan your day, & get lots of things done before other people come in & start interrupting.
There is a very high correlation between waking up early & being productive. You want to be more productive, you have to use the extra time in the morning.
Sleep well everybody 🙂