Our success in life is determined by the everyday things. Whenever we make a choice, however insignificant, we alter the path of our destiny. Small actions that we choose to do or not do, every day, become the foundation of our future. For example, making a choice of waking up 30 minutes earlier every day, will give you an additional 1,680 hours in a period of 10 years. You can use this time to write a book, learn a new skill, or build a small business.

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Morning is the foundation of a productive day

If you go to bed late, oversleep in the morning, and rush through your morning to get to work, how do you think the rest of your day will go? The stressful beginning of the day will probably continue and become a generally stressful day, where you react instead of being proactive, cannot focus on your most important tasks and are less helpful to the people around you.

Why can’t I wake up in the morning?

If you struggle waking up in the morning, you are not the only one. I would say that the majority of the population in the industrial world have trouble getting out of bed on time. Our modern lifestyle contributes to this problem.

Overstimulation in the evening, with artificial lights and TV, heavy late meals, going to bed late make it extremely hard to wake up in the morning.

Is there a trick to get out of bed?

There is no quick and easy fix. And unfortunately, there is no one single root cause behind the problem either. As mentioned before, it is the combination of our lifestyle choices that makes it impossible for us to wake up early.

You may have some success with quick and easy tricks that you read about online for some time, but they will never last and you will ultimately fall back to your troublesome old habits.

It’s bigger than that

The problem of waking up late is not an isolated issue. It is connected with all the other issues that we have going on, such as bad diet, too much stress, not enough sleep, etc. You will need to work on getting your life in order, as a whole, and by doing that you will automatically start waking up early.

Stop Consuming Stimulating Beverages

There are certain beverages that keep us awake at night. They are coffee, black and green tea, sodas, alcohol and other sweetened drinks. The time of day when the beverages are consumed play a part, too. The later in the day you drink those, the harder it is for you to get quality sleep at night.

Start by reducing your consumption, with the goal to eliminate them completely. You should aim to not drink any of the prohibited drinks in the evening. Once you have mastered that, you can continue to reducing your consumption to just the early morning. If you stay on this path long enough, you will be able to eliminate them completely.

Don’t Eat Heavy Meals after 7 PM

Although it may be reality for many people, dinner should not be the heaviest meal of the day. Try to eat something light and easily digested. If you usually eat meat for dinner, try switching to fish. Your dinner time should be around 6-7 PM, to give your body time to digest the food before going to bed.

Use a Wake Up Alarm Clock Strategically

Our ultimate goal should be to wake up without the alarm clock altogether, but for now it will be a useful tool.

Although the bedside table may be where most of the people keep their alarm clock, you should not be one of those people. Instead, place the alarm clock far away from your bed. By doing so, you will force yourself to get out of bed to turn the alarm clock off. After that, it is much easier to stay up.

Choose the placement of the alarm carefully: it should be far away enough from your bed to force you do some walking, but not so far that you will not hear it at all.

Wake Up at the Same Time, even on the Weekends

Building habits will help you put your morning routine on auto-pilot. If you wake up at 6 AM on the work days, and sleep until 11 AM on the weekends, you constantly mess up with your body’s rhythm and make it impossible to form a habit.

Go to Bed at the Same Time, even on the weekends

The secret to waking up at the same up is to go to bed at the same time. Decide what will be your everyday waking up time and subtract the number of hours you want to sleep, to get your target “go to bed” time. Stick to it, even on the weekends.

Usually, we would spend our evenings sitting on the sofa watching movies, or at our computers surfing the web. It is hard to force yourself to get up and start getting ready for bed. A trick is to actually take those activities to bed instead. Say that you want to watch a movie, or your favorite TV show. You may feel tired but you are too lazy to get up, so you stay in the sofa for hours until it gets very late.

If you make a deal with yourself to get ready for bed, and then watch the movie or the show in bed, once the movie is finished it will be much easier to go to bed – since you are already in it! You may even get so sleepy that you will turn the TV off earlier.

Help Your Brain to Wake Up with Light

If you sleep in a dark room, it will be more difficult for you to wake up as opposed to being in a room well lit by the morning sun. Using an alarm clock with sunrise simulation can help create the illusion of a sunrise, and help your brain to wake up.

One of the best options is the Philips HF3520 Wake-Up Light, that has coloured sunrise simulation, dimming light and sound to gently send you off to sleep, and a choice of 5 different natural wake up sounds.

I hope that these tips gave you inspiration to start making changes to your daily routine and to get your mornings under control.

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