Six Quick Tips for Becoming an Early Riser

Rise and shine, sleepyhead. What’s that old saying? “Early to bed, early to rise, makes a man healthy, wealthy and wise.” We can’t promise that waking up at 6am every day is going to make you a millionaire, but we do know it will help boost your productivity, keep that resolution to get to the gym, or even just to give you some much-needed alone time. Here are a few quick tips to help you jump out of bed in the morning, ready to take on the day. (Well, jump might be a stretch.)

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  1. Go to bed earlier – We know this one sounds basic, but you’d be surprised at how much easier it is to wake up early when you’re going to bed at a reasonable hour. If you usually hit the sack around midnight, try going to bed at 11:30pm instead and waking up 30 minutes earlier than you normally do. Slow, small changes will make it easier to adjust to your new morning schedule.

  2. Don’t eat right before you go to bed – Your body working to metabolize all that food will keep you awake, and you’ll have a higher chance of developing symptoms of acid reflux which are totally miserable. Here’s a really good article on it if you need more convincing.

  3. Lay out your clothes the night before – This trick works especially well when you need to head to the gym in the morning. When you roll over and see your workout gear and tennis shoes ready to go, it’s a good reminder to get moving. #fitspo, ya know?

  4. Drink some water – Keep a water bottle by your bed and take a sip as soon as you wake up. Re-hydrating your body will make you feel more awake, and science shows that drinking 8oz of water in the morning can actually help jump start your metabolism and help you lose weight. Win, win.

  5. Move your alarm clock – Ah, an oldie but a goodie. Moving your alarm clock across the room will force you to get out of bed to turn it off, and once your feet hit that cold floor, you’ll be more motivated to stay awake. Remember: that snooze button is no longer your friend.

  6. Schedule your coffee to brew – Most new coffee makers have a fancy scheduling option so you can make sure your coffee starts brewing the minute you wake up. There’s nothing more motivating than a hot cup of joe. (And for you non-coffee people… honestly, you’re just really missing out.)

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