Q: What Is The Best Way To Set An Alarm?
A: It’s tempting to set a bunch of alarms at 5- or 10-minute intervals to help you know you need to wake up but also give you the time to cope with waking up. Lots of people do this, and for many, it’s all they know. However, with every snooze, you’re only making things harder for yourself.
Knowing this, the best way to set an alarm is to trust yourself. Set an alarm and get up when it goes off. When first attempting this, you’ll still struggle to wake up, so you might need to stick to the separate alarms for the first week, but it’s beneficial for you to wean yourself off this, and eventually you’ll wake up first try, and maybe even before your alarm goes off at all, which is always a win.
Q: How To Train Yourself To Wake Up Early
A: Despite what you might believe, anyone can train themselves to wake up early. It doesn’t happen overnight (ha) but instead requires consistency and dedication.
Go to Bed Earlier
The obvious way to wake up early is to go to bed earlier. This gives you more hours to sleep through the night and gets you to a point where you will naturally wake up when you need to. The problem many people face is that they find it challenging to switch off once they’re in bed, so while they’re lying down in the dark waiting for sleep to grab them by the collar, it just won’t come.
To overcome this, it’s recommended you experience some downtime. Get off your phone, switch off the TV, and let your mind chill out for up to one hour before you can expect to get to sleep. It’ll probably also help if you switch your smartphone to Do Not Disturb, so you won’t be – um – disturbed while you’re trying to drift off.
As long as you maintain this early routine, you’ll eventually feel tired around the same time every day, making it easier to go to sleep and easier to wake up feeling refreshed.
Get Out of Bed When the Alarm Goes Off
We mean as soon as your alarm goes off, too. None of this smashing snooze, lying there, debating whether you can get a couple more minutes, but straight away. To make this easier, position your alarm on the other side of the room so you need to get out of bed to turn it off. Just don’t get back into bed, or the day has already won.
Being awake is not nearly enough, but being out of bed means you’re letting yourself down if you climb back in, and no one wants that. Look at it like you’ve already done the hard work, and you’re now in control of your own destiny.
If you still struggle once you’re out of bed, get yourself to the kitchen and fill up a glass of cold, refreshing water and chug as much of it as possible. Immediately, you’ll feel more awake, and any doubts you had about staying up are now a distant memory.
Reward Yourself for Waking Up Early
Despite waking up early feeling like something that everyone should do and that it’s not really something to shout from the rooftops about, there are actually many benefits in giving yourself little wins. Not only does it further encourage you to get up early, but it also puts a positive spin on the start of your day.
These rewards can range from the small to the substantial and can involve a night of relaxing, maybe having a couple of beers when you get home in the evening, or maybe you want to reward yourself there and then. You can make yourself a delicious breakfast (you’ve got the time, after all), you can read, you can treat yourself to a nice hot cup of good coffee, none of this instant-brew rubbish.
You can also reward yourself by sleeping every now and again. You might even discover you can’t sleep in any longer, and your body naturally wakes up at the same time every day. This might be frustrating at first, but it’s far from a bad thing. In fact, it shows that all your dedication has paid off, so go you!
Make the Most of the Extra Hours
Many people complain there aren’t enough hours in the day when, in fact, there are, it’s all about how you use these hours. Getting up early and making the most of the extra hours you have – instead of sitting on your phone or watching TV, can promote good, healthy habits.
Think about all the things you need to do that day and get a start on them early. Pack the kids’ lunches, do your laundry, wash the dishes from the night before, get some exercise, read, write, sing, draw, whatever it is you feel you don’t have time to do after you get home from work, you now have that time, so don’t waste it.
Getting all the boring stuff out of the way first thing means you can get home and do whatever you like, and this extra freedom is more liberating than anything you’ve ever felt before.
Don’t Let Your Brain Fool You
It’s easy to fool yourself into staying in bed, in fact, it’s what most people are probably best at more than anything else. You can tell yourself day after day that you made it work or school or whatever in just 5 minutes that one time, so you can definitely afford to give yourself an extra 10 minutes. You’ll just eat breakfast and brush your teeth in the shower. Hell, you might not even have a shower, the extra minutes are more than worth it.
But we all know they never are, don’t we? There’s never enough minutes to satisfy us, and whether we give ourselves 5, 10, 20, or 30 minutes it still won’t feel like we’re fully rested.
The thing about waking up is that it’s not as painful as we believe, and once we’re up, it’s fine. Sure, it’s a little cold, sure, it might take an hour to get fully going, but at least you’re up, you’re about, you’re ready, and that’s more than what we could say for you this time last week.
You know what the best part about the morning is? Sunrise. As an extra incentive to drag yourself from the bed as soon as your alarm goes off, think about how incredible the sunrise will look, especially if there’s no one else around to be all like ‘Hey man, isn’t the sunrise sweet?’
How many times can you admit to seeing a sunrise that wasn’t only because you’re still awake from the previous night? That’s what we thought. It’s not just the sunrise though. Getting outside, into fresh air early in the morning is a great way to wake you up, shake off the cobwebs, and get yourself ready for the day.
Even better: you can use this opportunity to get exercise, you’re up anyway, so take a quick run around the block and see how much better you’ll feel over time, you’ll associate this adrenaline rush with waking up early. It’ll become part of your routine, and you won’t be able to go a day without it.
Q: How Can I Wake Up Faster?
A: There’s no better way to wake up faster and get out of bed than to realize you’re late for something, but no one wants this. Instead, you can combine your simple alarm clock habits with exercise or just going to the bathroom. By the time you get to there, do your business, wash your hands, and check yourself out, you’ll be on the precipice of waking up anyway, so splash some water on your face and just do it.
Q: How Can I Make Sure I Wake Up On Time?
A: Unique clocks, such as those where you need to shoot a target to turn the alarm off or the bed-shaking Sonic Alert above are a great way to waking up on time, but suppose you don’t have one of those.
Instead, developing a routine is the best way to make sure you wake up every day. If there are things you need to do every morning, like walk the dog, work out, or make your lunch, then you have even more incentive to wake up at the right time day after day.
Q: How Many Hours Of Sleep Should I Get A Night?
A: It’s recommended that adult males should get 7 to 9 hours of sleep every night. Everyone is different, though, and you know your body better than us. It’s still important to not burn the candle at both ends, as this can lead to fatigue and other health issues.
Q: Why Do I Wake Up Angry?
A: There’s no single reason why you wake up angry. It could be due to diet, something you have to do that day, or you may have simply gotten a bad night’s sleep. You can make changes to prevent this, but if the problem persists, discuss your concerns with a doctor.
Q: Can Supplements Help Me Sleep?
A: While we don’t recommend wholly relying on supplements to help anything – because a happy, healthy life is all about balance – there are some options to help you sleep better. These include:
- Vitamin D and E
- B vitamins