6 Tips To Wake Up Early Even If You’re A Night Owl

What about night owls who consider waking up at 12 PM a huge miracle, is there hope left for us? Are there tips for waking up early that work, besides the usual early to bed early to rise cliché?



Yes, yes there is.


Rise and Shine! 6 tips to wake up early that actually work

1. Ask Yourself Why You Want To Wake Up Early In The First Place

Let’s be honest here for a minute. You can’t convince yourself to wake up early just because. Learning how to wake up early isn’t as simple as turning off the lights and going to bed early.  The psychology behind it is important, too.

Before you sleep tonight, ask yourself, “What would I get if I wake up early?” Whatever you answer, make sure you really want it because that’s what you’ll use to convince yourself to leave the bed when your alarm goes off.

2. Apply Early To Bed Early to Rise In Increments

Train your body to anticipate sleep. Yes, you can do that by sleeping and waking up at the same time every day. But if you’re a night owl, sleeping every day at 8 AM won’t help you.

Waking up at 6 PM and then trying desperately to sleep by 12 midnight is impossible, too. Do it in increments, so instead of sleeping at the same time, say 8 AM, sleep 15 minutes earlier and wake up 15 minutes earlier.

Unlike other tips for waking up early, this is very sustainable because it’s just a minor change. You won’t even feel the 15 minute difference! Next day, you can adjust your sleep further back by 15 minutes, so you’ll wake up 30 minutes earlier than usual. If you do this continuously, you’ll be a morning person in less than a month.

3. Read Fiction Instead of Reading Self-Help Books, News Or Emailing

Email reminds you of work, news will just stress you, while self-help books will excite and fill your brain with ideas—none of these will help you to sleep.

Read fiction instead, preferably short stories that don’t excite you or novels that you’ve already read before.

4. Create A Wind Down Routine

What you do before bedtime is your body’s trigger for sleeping, so try to keep these activities relaxing and stick to them like a routine.

For example, you could take a cold shower then read a book for 15 minutes before bed time. If you stick to this routine long enough, your body will soon recognize that these activities mean the day has ended and it’s time to relax. It’s important as well to do these activities in order and roughly the same time every day.

5. Don’t Allow Your Brain To Deceive You

When you’re a night owl, your brain will probably reject all attempts to wake up early by convincing you that it’s better to sleep in. Don’t give in! If you give your brain a chance to rationalize with you, you’ll never be an early bird.

6. Resist The “5 More Minutes” Urge

By some awful twist of fate, you wake up 5 minutes before your alarm. What do you do? Sleep the remaining 5 minutes, right?  Wrong.

Going back to bed could isn’t worth the extra 5 minutes because it can put you in a deeper sleep cycle, making it harder to get up when your alarm does go off. That’s why when people hit snooze and go back to sleep for 5-15 minutes, they wake up thinking the time went by fast.

Are you a night owl struggling to survive in an early bird world? Try these tips and see how it goes for you.

If you’ve tried everything – as in everything in this list plus tons of advice from a sleep specialist – don’t lose heart. No one said you had to wake up at 5 AM to be an early bird, much less a productive person.

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