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How to get up early in the morning even though mornings are awful

4 Jan 2019

Whatever about the early bird getting the worm, peeling yourself out of bed at some unspeakable hour is not ideal. Here’s how you can make yourself do it nevertheless.

Listen, you don’t need to tell me that getting up in the morning is absolutely awful. I have always related more to the owl than the lark, insisting that I worked best when allowed to snooze through sunlit hours, start in the evening and continue until the wee hours while the rest of the world slept.

Yet the scientific evidence that this is a flawed and unhealthy approach is overwhelming. Getting more exposure to electric than natural light has been proven to disrupt sleep and circadian rhythms.

People whose performance peaks in the morning are better positioned for career success because they’re more proactive people. Early risers are also more likely to report high levels of positive affect when compared to late risers. Even your workout routine will burn more fat if done early in the morning pre-breakfast.

So, how do people who love to sleep in correct their ways and reap the various benefits? CashNetUSA has very kindly stepped in and whipped up a handy infographic with plenty of science-backed ways to start getting up earlier.

For a start, diving straight into getting up hours earlier probably won’t work out well. You’re more than likely to boomerang right back to your original start point with some accumulated sleep debt for your sins.

It’s a better idea to start your process incrementally, shaving five minutes off your wake-up time every morning. In less than two weeks, you could be getting up an hour earlier than normal.

Your alarm clock plays a vital role in this. For one, your clock should ideally be positioned out of arm’s reach, which will force you to get up out of bed to turn it off. Alarm clocks that use light to slowly wake you up are also a good investment that may make shaking into consciousness a little easier.

For more excellent advice on how to become more of a morning person, check out the infographic below.

getting up early infographic

Infographic: CashNetUSA

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Eva Short
By Eva Short

Eva Short was a journalist at Silicon Republic, specialising in the areas of tech, data privacy, business, cybersecurity, AI, automation and future of work, among others.

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