30 Day Challenge: Wake Up Early

I used to wake up between 6:30 am and 7 am every morning, but recently I’ve been hitting snooze and sleeping later than I’d like to admit. I still make it to breakfast with a friend or my mom or to the gym, but I’d like to wake up earlier again. I’m a pro at walking to my phone, snoozing my alarm, mumbling “five more minutes,” and falling asleep for way over five minutes. Here are a few tips I’ll be using to wake up earlier (and stay awake).

10 Tips for Waking Up Early: Rise and shine! These tips will help you wake up earlier.

  1. Go to bed early.
  2. Keep your alarm clock or phone on the other side of your room so you have to get up to turn it off.
  3. Keep a glass of cold water by your bed and drink it first thing in the morning.
  4. Know what you want to do with your time. Planning out something fun and rewarding to do with your time makes it much easier to crawl out of bed.
  5. Set your alarm close to when you actually have to wake up instead of setting it for earlier and hitting snooze.
  6. Open your curtains. Natural light helps cue that it is time to get up.
  7. Make your bed so you don’t go back to sleep.
  8. Keep track of when you wake up early and what you did with your time.
  9. Create a reward for waking up early such as going to the gym and getting a latte and muffin at your favorite bakery on the way to work or having a leisurely breakfast with a friend.
  10. Wake up at a similar time every weekday so you create a habit.