Do you hate getting up in the morning?
Does the sound of your alarm clock set you in panic, dry sweats, and almost bring you to tears each morning?
Do you hate people that are happy and chipper early in the morning?
Do you need to have at least two cups of coffee before you can even acknowledge the day each morning?
Do you wish there was a way to make getting up easier?
Do you wish you had more time to get things done during the day?
If you answered “Yes” to any of these questions, this ‘ible is for you.
Please note, I’m not a doctor, I never played one on TV, I didn’t even stay in a Holiday Inn last night, so please use this only as a guide and seek professional help for any problems or issues you may have.
With that said, I have been in the US Army for over 20 years and been deployed all over. During my time, 0300 (3am) wakeups were the norm. I remember cheering once when we were told that we could “sleep in” to 0400!
Over time, I’ve learned plenty of tricks for dealing with early mornings. Some from trial and error, some from actual research I’ve done in the past.
So here goes…
Step 1: What you need to understand
The most important part of becoming a morning person is to understand why it’s so hard to wake up in the morning. With this simple understanding (and only a minute amount of discipline) you can find out how to enjoy the mornings more, and consequently get more time to live life!
Here is the secret. Your sleep is done in cycles. When you fall asleep, you start a cycle. As you sleep, you complete and start new sleep cycles. The duration of these cycles varies throughout the night. They can be as short as a few minutes, to a few hours.
If you wake up at the end of ANY of these cycles, you will feel fine and will be good to go all day long. The problem arises when one of these cycles is broken.
The problem with most people is that they use alarm clocks to wake them up. The alarm clock doesn’t know when your cycle ends. It just makes noise at a certain time. (Some gradually get louder, this is to reduce its abruptness, but it still isn’t ideal for waking up to.