Why should I wake up early?
If you wake up early, you have more time to perform your tasks without stress and to use a part of your day for yourself, to develop some new skills for example- and consequently to grow professionally- to learn something new or to practice a new hobby.
Imagine the feeling to have already a few tasks done at 7 am. (When many people like you are still trying to wake up!!!)
Many people just want to be more productive, to do many things in one month/year, to reach more goals and to become more successful. If this is your case, you must learn to wake up early; once you take this habit, you will see the amazing benefits of it.
You will see how many things you can do in just one day, and you will feel you have much more time to live your life, and be satisfied.
Secret #1: Use the Wake-Up Light
The Wake-up Light uses a unique combination of light therapy and sound to wake you up in a gentle and natural way. This process of changing and increasing light stimulates your body to wake up naturally and comfortably. By the time light has filled the room, a gentle beep completes the wake up experience, leaving you ready for the day ahead.
– Philips USA Official Website
The wake-up light is an amazing tool that you can use in order to easily wake up early without too much effort.
It is scientifically proven to work.
You only have to place the lamp next to your bed where you usually put your alarm, set the alarm time and the following morning the light will turn – at a with a very low intensity- and then gradually increase its brightness 20 to 40 minutes before your alarm time. You can choose among 20 brightness levels.
Plus, you can choose among five different nature sounds. Not only will this make your morning less hard and more pleasant, but it will also improve your mood and energy throughout the day.
At this point you may wonder “why should this work?”
When it’s evening and it gets dark our bodies start to produce melatonin. A hormone that makes us sleepy. Normally this is about two hours before bedtime – it varies per person and depends on your personal rhythm.
When the sun rises something else happens in our body. Production of another hormone, serotonin, is stimulated. Among other things, serotonin regulates feelings of well-being. Which is why it is referred to as happiness hormone.
So when you wake up in the dark your body does not shift from melatonin to serotonin production. (Critical Cactus)
So, dawn simulation (with the wake-up light) helps your body shift from melatonin to serotonin, boosting both your energy and your mood.
The best wake up lights are the Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light (the best wake-up light ever!) and the Philips HF3500 Wake-Up Light (this is good too, but has less options, for example it has 10 brightness intensities, while the HF3520 has 20, and it doesn’t have the FM radio. By the way it’s much cheaper than the HF3520).
Secret #2: Wake up earlier, but do it gradually!
Set your alarm 15 minutes before your usual wake up time, keep getting up at the same time for one week and then repeat the same thing every week.
This is very important in order to make your body get used in a natural way to the new habit. And try to keep the same schedule on weekends too, don’t change too much your wake up time.
Secret #3: Prepare an amazing breakfast + Go to bed early
This combination is very useful for people who struggle to wake up early in their everyday life.
If you have a delicious breakfast waiting for you, you will get out of bed more happily and everything will be easier for you.
You can eat some cereals with some seeds and some pieces of chocolate for example, it’s healthy and…yummy too! Or you can drink a good orange juice and eat a soft croissant.
Also, if you go to bed early, waking up will be easier, because you will feel rested and ready to face your busy day.
But if you go to bed early, don’t forget to have dinner early as well, otherwise it could be difficult to fall asleep during the digestion process. Go to bed at least 2,5 hours after dinner.
Plus, try not to eat too much, and remember to always have a light dinner: a good salad with some fish or some turkey would be perfect.
Featured Image: Sunrise