1. Get Enough Sleep
Sounds obvious but loads of us don't get enough beauty sleep. As a bare minimum you should be aiming to sleep for at least eight hours every night. Being well rested means you will free fresh and ready to go when you wake up!
2. Get into a routine
Our body's clock follows a circadian rhythm. If that rhythm is set correctly, you may be able to regularly wake up refreshed without an alarm, but if it is not correctly set you'll wake up feeling groggy or even sleep through your alarm altogether. Make an effort to get to bed and get out of bed roughly the same time every day.
3. Adjust to your sleep cycles
The average human sleep cycle is 90 minutes. Adjust the time you wake up and the time you go to bed so that you can sleep for a length of time that is in a multiple of 90 minutes (for example, 6, 7 &1/2 or 9 hours), and you'll wake up more refreshed.
4. Sleep Well
Sleeping for 8-9 will not help you so much if you don't get quality restful sleep. Here are a few suggestions to help you sleep well:
- Get a comfortable bed
- Control the temperature in the room
- Reduce external noise
- Abstain from caffeine and alcohol six hours before you go to sleep
5. Get the right alarm clock
Some people, including myself, need a very loud, harsh alarm. Experiment and find an alarm that works for you.
6. Position Your Alarm Clock
It sound daft but honestly this works for me. If you alarm is just next to your bed, you'll find yourself just rolling over and hitting snooze, and go back to sleep without even remembering doing so. I find if I have to get out of bed and walk across the room, I really struggle to go back to sleep. So I have started putting my phone away from my bed.
7. Set Numerous Alarms
If you are one of those people who not you up, set more than one to go off. I usually set one after another about 5-10 minutes apart.
8. Get a helping hand
When I was at Uni I lived with a couple of my course mates, so we'd all need to get up at a similar time to attend lectures. So we'd help each other out. We'd make sure that we were all up and ready to go.
9. Have a Drink
Drink some water as soon as you wake up, it stimulates the body and will help you stay awake. If you need something stronger have a coffee or tea.
10. Let the Light in
Your body naturally wakes up faster when it's light outside, so open your curtains. Or perhaps leave them slightly ajar when you go to sleep.
11. Wash Your Face
Splashing cold wash on your face helps your circulation start. Also means you can start your skincare routine.
What are your top tips for getting up early?
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