Issues relating to sleep are one of our universal problems. Trouble falling asleep is not something that only affects certain individuals, anybody can struggle with sleep and those of you who have know how this can impact every area of your life. My problem is usually getting to bed. I always think I'm going to do "just one more thing" and the next thing I know, it's way past my intended bedtime. Try some of Ryan's tips to fall asleep quickly and get as much as you can. Once you've had a good rest, getting up should be easy right? Easier sure, but I still fight the urge to press the snooze button (if I hear the alarm at all). So, how do I use train myself to get up early?
Life Hacker linked to an interesting article titled 24 Tips To Becoming An Early Riser. Glen Stansberry covers everything from proper planning, to making you rise more comfortably to rewarding yourself for keeping to the schedule. Here is one of his suggestions about refreshing yourself and getting going first thing in the morning. Personally, I feel more awake when I drink my morning coffee outside on the deck as opposed to the dark warm living room. Here's what he says about getting outside first thing.
Go outside I've found that going outside and reading or exercising first thing in the morning is great for waking up. Feeling the breeze and sunlight on your skin, hearing the sounds of morning, all these things together stimulate just about every sense in your body.
Another tip that I found really interesting is this one that suggests you write down your reasons for getting up early.
Write down why you're getting up. What will you be doing when you wake up? If you write down the actions that you'll be doing the next morning with your extra time, you're giving yourself incentive to wake up.
Reasons could be as simple as having time to read the paper and have a shower before your early rising kids get up. Or it might be to start your work day early so you can have a free evening, or clean the house in peace. Whatever your motivator, write it down and you'll be more inclined to work towards creating the time for those things.
Glen Stansberry has 22 other tips, so be sure to check them out. Share some of your own in the comments. I'd love to hear what you do to get up early and how you like to spend those extra morning hours.