Do you have trouble getting out of bed early in the morning? It seems like we all do. I don’t know too many people who leap out of bed as soon as the alarm clock rings. Neither do I know anyone who doesn’t hit snooze at least once. I know I hit snooze, at least, once every morning.
It turns out that this is a problem people have been having forever. Even the great Roman emperor/ philosopher, Marcus Aurelius, had problems getting out of bed. I don’t feel so bad anymore. Here’s what he wrote regarding the topic.
“On those mornings you struggle with getting up, keep this thought in mind- I am awakening to the work of a human being. Why then am I annoyed that I am going to do what I’m made for, the very things for which I was put into this world? Or was I make for this, to snuggle under the covers and keep warm? It’s so pleasurable. Were you then made for pleasure? In short, to be coddled or to exert yourself?” – Marcus Aurelius
Our goal for every morning sounds something like this.
“Your alarm goes off at 5am, and you immediately get out of bed without a second thought. As you orient yourself to the waking world, you can barely detect any lingering grogginess, even if you look for it. You stand up and stretch, feeling totally alert, fully conscious, and eager to start your day. The thought of going back to bed to get some extra sleep seems completely alien to you.
It feels great to be up early, and you know you’ll put those early morning hours to good use. You’ll be able to exercise, shower, get dressed, eat a healthy breakfast, read some inspiring material, and invest an hour in your home-based business — all before 8am. And you know that the habit of starting each day this way will serve you well for life.
Maintaining this habit is easy for you. You don’t have to force yourself out of bed, and it doesn’t seem to require much discipline at all. It feels normal and natural to be alert and active at this time.” -Steve Pavlina
A lot of my mornings look like that, but a lot of them don’t either (the nights I stay up late). To get your morning routine down like that takes practice and willpower (in the beginning). After you get used to it, and notice the benefits, the resistance to stay in bed won’t be as strong. You’ll know that getting out of bed early is a good thing and that it’s in your best interest. Once you see the results and have that kind of mentality you won’t need to hit snooze more than twice.
For many years, I wasn’t a morning person. I don’t think I considered myself a morning person until I was 26 years old. I would actually feel groggy, and like crap, for the first few hours of the day.
I noticed all that changed once I altered my diet. Once I started eating healthier and eliminated fast food, sugary treats and processed food from my diet, I was able to get up early in the morning and feel alert almost immediately. No more grogginess.
“Diet and sleep are inextricably intertwined. If you think you can master your sleeping habits without improving your diet, you’re deluding yourself. Seriously.
Unfortunately most people — Americans especially — consume a truly hideous diet these days, filled with hormone-laden animal products, artificial ingredients, sugar, caffeine, salt, white flour, and heavily processed junk. An unhealthy diet will tax your endocrine system (which is responsible for hormone production), and that is going to prevent you from enjoying restful sleep.
… If you’ve been messing with your physiology by consuming excessive sugar, caffeine, processed foods, etc, I highly recommend you fix your diet first before attempting to master your sleep habits. Otherwise you’re only going to frustrate yourself. Two and a half years of feedback from readers attempting to become early risers has taught me it’s almost a rule that waking up groggy and eating a crappy diet go hand in hand. Keep in mind that in the USA, the average diet is an extremely crappy diet. I think that’s why people who wake up before dawn feeling totally alert tend to be considered overachievers, freaks, or genetically gifted. From the early risers’ perspective, it seems like everyone else is drugging themselves into a stupor.” – Steve Pavlina
For the record, I discovered the eating healthy & getting up early in the morning correlation (or causation, if there are already scientific studies out there) before I read that Steve Pavlina article 🙂 .
If you’re ready to become an early riser, and ready to change your diet, check out Steven Pavlina’s two articles on the topic. How to Become an Early Riser and How to Become an Early Riser – Part II.