At the moment I live in Japan, the land where 5 hours of sleep each night seems to be considered as normal. Therefor I want to talk a bit about sleep, it’s advantages, and how to get up in the morning. You might have trouble getting up because:

1. You’re not getting enough sleep
2. You don’t like what you’re gonna do this day after you’ve gotten up
3. You don’t have a plan for getting up
4. You don’t have a sleeping routine

The first one can be solved by going to bed earlier and plan what you do before you go to bed. Even if you don’t like what you’re getting up to do in the morning, it won’t make it better by being tired. Most things feels easier and better when you’ve had a good night’s sleep, and it’ll also help you think during the day what you could do to improve your life so you can feel excited about them again. It also boosts your performance, both physically and mentally.

I’ve noticed an increase in my learning capabilities since I started sleeping well. I don’t have to study as much, because when I sleep things I’ve learned get stuck in my memory easier. And I can also focus better in class which also contributes to not having to use as much spare time to catch up on studying you forgot during class because you were tired. Of course it also gives you more free time.

This might sound like it would be the opposite though: Getting more free time by spending more time sleeping? How is that possible?

You boost your performance so you don’t have to spend as much time doing things as if you were tired
You feel energized so you have energy to to what you like when you have free time, instead of just slacking
You remember things easier so you don’t have to rehearse as often

Things you can do to fall asleep easier and go to bed in time:

– Have the last meal a couple of hours before bed time
Read a book instead of chatting online the last thing you do before sleeping (Internet will still be there in the morning. Maybe?)
– Try to do exercise a couple of hours before bed time
Keep your bedroom cool. It’s both easier to fall asleep and to stay asleep in a cool room rather than a hot one.

The second one can be harder. If you don’t like what you’re getting up to do, maybe something needs to change? Find another thing to do or at least work towards it. Try change the things you don’t like into something you do like, or change your mind about it. At least try to find something that you can do in the mornings that you look forward to for a start!

The third one can be solved by getting a plan. “But I already set the alarm!”. Yes, but even I think it can be hard finding the energy to get up just by an alarm in the morning, and I’m pretty good at getting up!

The thing I do now is to set the alarm a bit earlier than I want to get up, then I sit up in bed, turn on a lamp, pull away the curtains from the window, and just sit there. It’s totally okay to still have the blanket on. Maybe it takes five minutes, or ten minutes, but eventually the tiredness will have dropped away, and by sitting up you’re activating your body and mind a bit more than if you were laying down, so you’re getting ready to get up while still being in the cozy bed! It’s also way more easy to fall asleep knowing that you don’t have to rush up the first thing you do when you wake up.

Avoid snoozing. It gives you small periods of sleep which doesn’t do anything but make you even more tired in the long run. If you like snoozing, try to put the alarm 30 minutes forward before you go to bed and get 30 minutes of extra sleep instead. You’ll be more energized and it greatly reduces the risk to oversleep!

– You can also prepare things you have to do in the morning the day before. Pack your bag, prepare your clothes, put the coffee brewer on a timer so it’s all set when you get up, and you’ll feel less pressure about things to do when you get up!

– Another option is to have a “cut the crap” rule. You don’t find excuses for yourself for staying in bed! You get up! You go away from the bed! And there, once you’re up, you’re up, and it’s way easier staying up than it is getting up. Over time it’ll become easier. This is a great post that can help, not just for waking earlier, but also for getting up.

The fourth one is not an action that will get results immediately, but it will over time. It’s about keeping about the same sleeping hours most of the days. Your body will get accustomed going to bed at the same time and getting up at the same time and will aid you in falling a sleep and waking up by it self. It’s important to note that you should have a sleeping routine that gives you enough sleep. If you need 8 hours of sleep (which I mostly do) every night, it might be a bad idea to have a routine that gives you 5 hours of sleep.

I think you’ve reached a really good sleeping routine when you’ve stopped needing an alarm clock. If you wake up by yourself after having gotten into a good sleeping routine, then you will probably have gotten the sleep you need and should be well rested for the day. If you always need an alarm clock, then you’re probably not sleeping well or enough and it might be a good idea to try to fix it.

Getting into a good sleeping routine and being a great “getting out of bed” person can be achieved, but it might take some time, but it’s worth it. You will be sleeping and getting up pretty much every day in your life, so it might be worth a shot to try to be good at it.

Other awesome posts on sleeping and morning routines:
Zen Habits: My morning routine
How to kickstart your day by rising early

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