Wasted days turn into wasted years.
Why is it, although we all have the same number of hours in a day, some people seem to get massive amounts of results while others just stay stagnant and frustrated? One of the main reason is that some people decide to take control of their days and one of the best ways to do this is by conquering the morning and priming yourself for the day ahead. Waking up early is one of the top habits of highly successful people.
We all need adequate sleep every night which most studies are saying is about seven to eight hours. However on the flip side of this, over sleeping can actually leave you feeling more lethargic, it has been linked to obesity, back pain, headaches, what some people think of as depression and many other negative side effects.
Of course there are certain medical conditions that can cause over sleeping, but for most people it’s just a bad habit. The sad fact is that so many people are just aimlessly drifting through life and they don’t want to get up and face the day because often they’re afraid it will be just like every other day.
So what if you could wake up half an hour earlier everyday? Over the course of a year that 30 minutes every day could mean the difference between being an average runner or a marathon runner. It could mean thousands of dollars difference in your income, it could mean learning a new skill, developing an amazing relationship with your kids or for anyone who is studying, it could be the difference in getting average grades or amazing grades.
Getting up 30 minutes earlier every day will give you an additional 3.5 extra hours in a week, that’s approximately an extra 23 eight-hour days in a year! So imagine if you could train yourself to get up an extra 1 or even 2 hours earlier!!
Here are some simple ways to help you never sleep in again
1. Have an awesome reason to get out of bed
If you don’t have a compelling reason to get out of bed, make finding your reason your reason. On average, we only have about twenty-nine thousand days on this earth. How many have you used up so far? No matter what age, we really can’t waste our time on this earth sleeping.
We get to design so much of our life through our decisions and our focus, so ultimately its up to all of us to make sure its a good one. We never know what day will be our last so making sure we live each day to the fullest is so important.
2. Minimise your alcohol and caffeine consumption
Both alcohol and caffeine will affect how you sleep. So many people consume both these substances as a part of their regular diet as opposed to an occasional drink. If it’s been a while since you had a detox, now might be a great time.
3. Go to bed at a reasonable hour
It’s ideal to go to bed at the same time every night. Try and plan to get your seven to eight hours of sleep and be awake to see the sun rise. You will feel so empowered.
4. Write a to do list the night before
Going to bed with your head spinning over what you need to do the following day is a perfect recipe for a bad nights sleep. You want to dump all your thoughts onto paper before you go to sleep. This will also help increase productivity the following day.
Our bodies are designed for movement so making sure we incorporate exercise into your daily routine is so important for our overall health and a good sleep. The good news is even gentle exercise can have a great impact on the quality of our sleep.
When we exercise, amazing chemicals are realised from our brain including dopamine. Dopamine is one of the neurotransmitters responsible for making you feel happy and when your happy, you will sleep better.
6.Eat a clean diet
Carefully monitor the foods you eat. Remember food is fuel. You wouldn’t go putting dirty fuel in a beautiful sports car and expect it to win a race now would you? Unfortunately some people eat a poor diet and they wonder why they constantly feel lethargic and even the thought of getting out of bed is too much for them.
Try eating smaller and more regular meals and stay away from processed foods and sugar. Develop an awareness of what food gives you sustained energy throughout the day. Constantly try to improve your diet and experiment with new healthy, raw foods.
7. Have a technology curfew
As the sun sets of an evening and the light begins to fade, our brains start to release an incredible hormone called melatonin. Melatonin (AKA “the Dracula hormone”) is your body’s way of getting ready for sleep and it is crucial for our over all health. However for those people who are on their phones or looking at a screen until all hours, they are actually depriving their body of this amazing hormone.
This unnatural light has been linked to obesity, memory problems, cancer, depression, cataracts and many other side effects. So do yourself a favour and get in the habit of having a technology curfew. A few hours before bed dim the lights in your house, trade the TV for a good book and if you really need to use your computer, try turning the brightness down.
Remember tomorrows a new day and the world needs you at your best. If you are serious about living your best life, then start applying some of the theses simple steps today so you can conquer the morning. I promise you that learning to wake up early is a life changing habit.
Post by Nash Mackey
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