How to Get Up Earlier

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I’m NOT a morning person.  Never have been and I doubt that I ever will be.  I’m not a late night person either.  I’m ready to go to bed about 10:00 or 10:30 every night.  But here’s the thing.  I need to get up earlier.

I’ve gotten into the bad habit of sleeping in.  I used to get up about 8:00 every morning.  I got up, got dressed and got moving.  But since we moved, I’ve been staying in bed until about 9:00 a.m.  It’s a combination of fatigue (from peri-menopause) and the extremely comfortable new bed we purchased when we moved.  Oh, yeah – we sleep with the curtains closed now (since we’re in a neighborhood) so the room is dark in the morning.  Then once I get up, it takes me a while to get dressed and moving.  By the time I’m ready to do anything, the morning is nearly over.

It wouldn’t be a big deal except I’m not getting stuff done and that’s stressing me out.   Now before you start thinking I’m trying to be super woman – I promise I’m not.  I just have a few things that need done every day and every week and I’m not getting those done.

I spent some time analyzing my schedule and making lists of what needs to be done and finally came to the conclusion that I need to get up earlier.  Not only do I need to get up earlier, but I need to restructure my time a bit so I can be more productive.

So today is the first day of my new schedule.  Instead of crawling out of bed at 9:00 a.m., I crawled out at 7:30 when the alarm went off.  And I was dressed and ready to go by 8:00 a.m.  I’m optimistic that this new routine will be exactly what I needed.

In the meantime, since I’m NOT a morning person but I do have to get up early sometimes, here are my tips for making early rising a bit easier:

1.       Go to bed at a decent hour.  You can’t get up early if you stayed up late and didn’t get enough sleep.  So either get up early or stay up late but don’t try to do both.  Even if you don’t need a full 8 hours of sleep (I do!), you do need a reasonable amount.

2.       Let the sunlight in! At our old house, we kept the curtains open at night (we didn’t have neighbors) so when the sun came up, it streamed into the bedroom and that made it easier to get up.  Our new house is in a neighborhood so we keep the curtains closed.  When I wake up in the morning, it’s dark and that makes it nearly impossible for me to get out of bed regardless of what time it is.  So now I leave one of the curtains open just a crack – we still have privacy but it lets the sun shine in and that makes it easier to get up.

3.       Move the alarm across the room.  I use my iPhone as my alarm.  A few times I’ve put it on my nightstand.  Bad idea.  I reach over and turn it off.  But when it’s on the other side of the room, I have to get out of bed to turn it off and that helps me wake up.  Even if I go back to the bed, I’m awake so I don’t lay there very much longer.

4.       Use your programmable thermostat to warm up the house in the winter.  It’s cold in the Midwest right now so it’s pretty hard to get out of bed when the house is freezing.  But if we set the programmable thermostat so the furnace comes on and warms up the house before we get up, it’s a lot easier to get up.

5.       Have a reason for getting up.  Obviously if you have to go to work, that’s a very good reason.  But if you don’t, having a reason will make it easier.  Otherwise why bother.  So my reason this morning was so I could get some things done and reduce my stress level.  When I was laying in bed and trying to decide if I was actually going to get up, I reminded myself that getting up would help me accomplish my goals.  If I didn’t get up, I’d end up having another frustrating day.  Getting up early will help me enjoy life more!

So there you have it.  When I have to get up early, this is how I make it happen.

Are you a morning person?  If not, how do you make yourself get up?

Comments

  1. Karin B says:

    Ugh, I have the same problem. I have been feeling like a sloth lately. I need to commit to making the same resolution. I often think about how I’m missing the beauty of the early mornings.

    • It’s hard, Karin, but yesterday went really well – except the part about being so tired! I got a lot more done and felt less stressed. But this morning . . . it was tough. I really wanted to stay in bed.

  2. Sorry – I´m an early bird. I wish I could stay asleep until 7am even, but even at the weekends I´m usually up by 6am. If I´m very lucky I´ll sleep until 7, but it is very rare. I used to be able to blame the children, but I´m usually up before them at the weekends now :-)

  3. mppaul2 says:

    Yes, I am a morning person. The alarm goes off at 4:45 a.m. and I am out the door by 5:30 a.m. for work. On the weekend, I don’t change it, I hit the off button and let my body tell me when to get up. I usually get up by 7:30 a.m. on the weekend.

  4. homey, good tips.
    also , reason to get up – it’s good to have a plan, at least the first thing you plan to tackle in the am
    also, get to bed at a decent hour – monitor your alcohol and caffeine – its good not to take after 3 hours before your sleep time, and your medication – i am writing this at 12:41 am because I didn’t discover until 12:15 am that i had forgotten to take off my daytrana (ritalin) patch!
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    • Absolutely right, Doug. I forgot about how valuable that is. When I wake up to a well planned day, it’s much easier to get up. When my day isn’t planned or my plan is a bad one, it’s a lot harder.

  5. i just noticed your good post on how to make your to do list the day before, after i just wrote the previous comment suggesting that. sorry. your two posts complement each other.\
    doug
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    • Not a problem. Even though they complement, it doesn’t mean people will read both of them. Your comment was very good. Keep ‘em coming!

  6. Hello Patty! As usual, your post is perfectly timed. I’m in the Midwest too, and this has been the Winter That Killed My Natural Morning Person-ness. It’s become very hard to get out of bed in the morning….a long winter of illnesses and snow and cold. But your reminders will help me a lot, especially the one about putting the alarm clock across the room. I heard about a woman who sets her alarn clock, and sets a second alarm clock for five minutes later and leaves it outside her child’s bedroom! That would sure take care of the problem of hitting the Snooze button! Thanks for all your do. Your home sweet home is looking beauitiful!

    • Oh, wow! That second alarm clock in front of a kid’s door would definitely cause a person to get up! That’s actually a very interesting idea.

      • The second alarm clock set outside the kid’s door does sound interesting, doesn’t it! Talk about hard-core! I am not quite “there” yet — or brave enough. It would definitely get me moving quickly!

  7. I’m not a morning person either and these are great tips. We have an “alarm cat” that does a pretty good in your face job of making sure I’m out of bed.
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    • Alarm clock cats and dogs do work very well. Or alarm clock kids. I don’t have any of those right now. My dog sleeps until I get up most of the time.

  8. I definitely survived college with the “alarm clock on the complete opposite side of the room” thing. Yes, I had a reason to get up (i.e. class) BUT depending on the professor, it was still a struggle.

    I also have 3 alarms. 1 on my phone, 1 digital and 1 battery-operated clock. That way if the electricity goes out, my phone miraculously dies or my internal clock fails me….I’ll still have something to wake me up.

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  9. I need to start placing my phone away from my bed at night – leaving it far away may be the trick. I get into work at 7 and I want to be up at 5:30 but it hasn’t happened yet, lol. I would like to start meditating and doing small stretches in the AM but find it impossible to wake up. I have excessive daytime sleepiness so getting up is nearly impossible; I hit snooze with no hesitation. Hoping that will work! Thanks for the tip and glad I”m not the only one hating on the AM! Have a great one Patty! -Iva
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    • I’m definitely with you on hating the AM. Good luck getting up early. Maybe you should try for 10 minutes at a time. It’s hard to suddenly go from 7 to 5:30.

  10. I very much am a morning person. I can rise up at 4:45 am without an alarm. My son and I are the only morning people in this house. LOL. I get up early to work out. All of your tips were very good ones. Visiting from #sitssharefest.
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    • So jealous. I would love to be a morning person. My husband is the morning person in our house. He sometimes gets up early to workout like you do. He gets up at 5:00 and hits the gym before work. That sounds nuts to me.

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