It didn’t happen.
Weird thing about this blog post series devoted to waking up at 5am, you actually have to do it…at least once!
Scratch the whole 5am thing! I can’t do it when I have a two-year-old kicking me in the face in the middle of night and a six month old crying next to me. And on top of that the toddler has developed a cough. Poor thing.
But I will say this, my new goal is to just wake up before the little ones wake up, which is what I’ve been doing. And I have to say, I’m pretty proud of myself. I woke up early and got things done. I think 5am was a little too hardcore for me. I’ll get there eventually, but for now it’ll probably be 5:30-6:00.
10 Tips to waking up early
So even though I failed at waking up at 5am, I still want to give you all some tips, for those of you who want to become early birds. I’ve been researching how to wake up early for a few years now, because I desperately wanted to be that type of person.
I’ve learned a lot from all the videos I’ve watched and all the articles I’ve read. Here are the ones that stood out.
1. Super obvious: go to bed early! If you don’t go to bed early, it’ll be that much harder waking in the morning.
2. No caffeine too close to bedtime.
3. Also, don’t drink too much before bed! You’ll be going to the bathroom every few hours!
4. No electronics in the bedroom. I know this is a hard one! I definitely didn’t do this. That means no phone and no tv. 😬
5. If you do keep your phone in the room, put it across the room, so it’ll make you get up to turn it off the alarm.
6. Read a book. Ok this is something I use to do instead of watching tv. Even though everyone in our family was in the bed, I had a little book light and it was nice and quiet. It made me sleepy too!
7. Have a bedtime routine. Try to figure a routine that works best for you: shower, bath, clean, dim the lights. Use it as a reminder for your body that it’s time to start winding down.
8. Set a tall glass of water next to you the night before, so when your alarm goes off, chug it! It’ll wake you up a bit and it’s always good to hydrate when you first get up.
9. Like I said in a previous post, find something to look forward to in the morning, so it can motivate you to get out of bed. Mine is a shower to myself!
10. This kind of goes along with what I said about going to bed early. Google “sleep calculator ” and you can type in what time you want to wake up and it’ll give you times you should go to bed. Because if you wake up in the middle of a R.E.M cycle, it’s like you woke up from a deep sleep, which makes you feel tired all day, and we don’t want that!
Well there you go. I hope my tips will help you, if you ever decide you want to become a morning person.
New post tomorrow. 🤟