While many people love to repeat the old adage, “the early bird gets the worm,” there is a great deal of truth to this saying. Being an early riser can give you a significant advantage in today’s professional world, no matter what industry you are in. By getting up early you can get a head start on your day and start getting more done than your competitors. Early risers are able to take advantage of a time of a day where most people aren’t awake to inundate them with questions, phone calls and emails. If you talk to any truly successful individual, they will tell you that being an early riser is one of their keys to success. However, getting up early simply does not come naturally to most people. If you want to start being an early riser, but find it is difficult for you, here are some tips on how to change your normal sleep patterns and start being an early riser.
Stop Drinking Alcohol Before Bed
There are many people who like to have a drink after a long day of work so they can relax. There are even some who think that drinking alcohol can actually help them get to sleep earlier. However, if you are drinking alcohol before bed, it will make it that much more difficult for you to get up in the morning. If this is a habit that you are currently relying on, do your best to stop, it will really impact your ability to get up in the morning.
Stop Eating Too Close to Bedtime
Studies show that eating late in the night can actually impact your ability to fall asleep and stay asleep, making it understandably difficult to get up early. If you like to eat a really late dinner, or have snacks in bed before you fall asleep, then stop this habit immediately. Try to eat dinner as early as possible. It will not only help you get to sleep and stay asleep, but some studies have found it can also help you maintain a healthy weight.
Get a High Quality Sleeping Mask
If you aren’t already sleeping with a sleeping mask, it may be time to start. Sleeping masks are great for helping you block out outside distractions and get a quality night’s sleep. If you are going to invest in a sleeping mask, make sure it is a high quality one. These masks will not only help you block out lights and other distractions but they can be very soothing on your eyes and help you comfortably drift off to sleep.
Make a Healthy Breakfast Worth Looking Forward To
There are many people who are simply not early risers because they don’t feel like they have a reason to get up in the morning. If you want to give yourself a little extra motivation to rise early, start making yourself a quality breakfast in the morning. This will not only give you something to look forward to and a little something to motivate you to get out of bed, but it will also help you kick off your day in the right way. Eating a healthy breakfast first thing in the morning is a great way to give yourself a boost early on and the energy you need to stay energized and focused all day long.