Let me tell you a thing.
2 am was an "early" bedtime for me. For six or seven years.
Sometimes I would stay up until 4 or 5 am. I often slept until noon not out of laziness, but sheer exhaustion. I knocked back coffee and those little 5 Hour Energy bottles of artificial berry tasting terribleness. I tried to force myself into early-rising, without success, for years.
So when I tell you that I'm now a cheerful morning person (and I LIKE IT) you need to understand that that's the equivalent of a Democrat becoming a Republican.
Unprecedented, unusual, and unbelievable.
I don't care how whacked out your sleep schedule is, how well acquainted you are with 4am, how many alarm clocks you've broken from half-asleep violent pounding (me? two) or whether or not the night crew at the 24 hour coffee shop knows you by name.
YOU CAN BECOME AN EARLY BIRD.
Because if I can do it, anyone can do it. Literally, anyone.
Okay? Okay. Here we go!
1. Give Yourself Grace Becoming an early riser does not happen overnight. Pun intended. Your body needs time to adjust to a new sleep routine, especially if you're in the habit of staying up late. Getting in the routine of rising around 5:30 am took me six months!
2. Give Yourself a Reason to Get Up Popping out of bed at the break of dawn is a lot easier when you have something to look forward to. I love the routine of starting my mornings with coffee, Jesus, and She Reads Truth. Maybe you want extra time to put together a nice outfit, craft, make a fancy breakfast, blog, work out, or ____. Whatever it is, look forward to it!
3. Give Yourself Rest The biggest key to getting up early is going to bed early, and giving your body enough sleep. Get 7-8 hours of sleep a night. Period. You won't want to get out of bed if you're still exhausted.
Here's a nifty video about sleep if you don't believe me.
4. Give Yourself Accountability A huge reason I'm now a morning person is my husband. Having another person (a roommate, a friend you text in the morning, your spouse, your dog...whoever!) that you're accountable to is both encouraging and motivating!
5. Give Yourself Good Stuff Set yourself up for success, friend! Here are some ideas...
- Make your bedroom a peaceful place
- Do some yoga before going to sleep
- Make your bed so you look forward to getting into it
- Burn yummy-smelling candles
- Eliminate technology an hour or two before bedtime
- Drink water or herbal tea
- Wear cute pj's
Humans are creatures of habit, and the more of a positive routine you create for yourself, the more successful you will be at going to bed early and rising early.
After six months of readjusting my sleep schedule and learning to go to bed at 9:30pm, this former night owl is now a chipper early bird. It takes time, it takes trial and error, and it takes a lot of grace. But it's entirely possible.
Are you an aspiring early bird?
Under Grace, Rachel
Linking up with Chantel at A Harvest Of Blessing!