How to get up earlier

For some people, getting up early happens naturally for them and they just jump out of bed when the birds start chirping. Most people find getting up out of be hard and struggle to wake themselves up.

Modern Struggle

With modern life becoming busier and busier, there is more push for us to sleep less and get have more set sleeping times. We tend to get home later, have dinner later and try to fit more in.

This guide was written to help note down what I should be doing to keep my early mornings regular and I hope you also find it helpful.

Exercise before bed

The first thing that you should make sure that you do not do is exercise before bed. When you exercise, your body becomes alert and aware. You will not be able to go to sleep when you body is in the post-exercise state. Try to not do any exercise less than 1 hour before going to bed.


One way that people try to regulate their sleeping patterns is to go to bed and get up at the same time. It is like going to bed when an alarm tells you to and getting up when an alarm tells you. By doing this, your body get to know when it needs to wake up in the morning as you keep a regular time.

The problem with going to bed and getting up at the same time is that you body does not always need the same amount of sleep. If you have run a marathon than day, you will need more sleep compared to watching TV all day. If you go to bed at a set time, you are likely to ether get too much sleep or not enough.

Another problem is that it is not always possible to get to bed at your set time. Things may go later than you expected or you might get caught in the traffic on the way home.

If you do get to bed on your set time, you may find yourself too awake and you may waste time lying awake in bed.

Body clock

A second way that people manage their sleeping times is to go to sleep when they are sleepy and get up when they feel rested. This approach is rooted in biology. Our bodies should know how much rest we need, so we should listen to them.

The problem with this is that our bodys likes to get more sleep that it requires and will often want to sleep 10 to 12 hours instead of the recommended 8 hours. Also our body clocks are closer to 25 hour cycles rather than 24 hours. This means that without an alarm clock, you will find that you will get up later and later.

Sleep in

Many of us sleep in on Saturdays. It is nice to just lie there and relax in your nice, warm bed. The problem with Saturday morning sleep-ins is that they could be a sign that you are not getting enough sleep and they also break your routine

If you have been having too many late nights during the past week and feel tired most of the day, you will find that your body needs to catch up on the sleep that you have missed. To get around this, make sure that you go to bed when you are tired.

If you sleep in on Saturdays, you are not getting up the same time every day and you confuse your body. Your body likes to get up at the same time, and thinks that the later the better. So you should try to avoid the sleep-ins.


Caffeine is one of the most popular stimulants used be workers and students to makes sure that they do not fall asleep on the job. It allows you to stay awake longer.

The problem with caffeine is that although it helps you stay awake longer, it does not stop you feeling sleepy. It just stops you from falling asleep. When you are still feeling its side effects 2 hours later, you will not be able to get to sleep and you will no longer have your routine.

The best option is to try and stop drinking coffee.

Body clock and a regular wake up call

If you are struggling to get up in the morning, only go to bed when you are sleepy. When the morning comes around, use an alarm clock to get up at the same early time each day (including weekends). Your body will get used to getting up at that time and you will have more time before lunch.

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