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Better Sleep: Waking Up Early

By @Drewster

Better Sleep: Waking Up Early

Waking Up Early and a Better Night’s Sleep

Getting up early can be hard to do for most people, but with these methods it will become a lot easier to do so. Ever since I can remember, I’ve had to get up early. Whether it was because of school, a job, or just to get up and enjoy that fresh crack of dawn. But, as I got older, it started to become a huge drag. I have stayed up late and then slept until two in the afternoon. Eventually though, I finally got tired of it. So, I researched a way to get up easier in the morning and get a full night’s rest. I found several methods that helped me get up earlier, and I am going to share them with you.

The first step in this process begins in the afternoon. It is highly recommended that you do not drink anything containing caffeine past three p.m. This is because your body begins to shut down later through the day, and it will only want to stay awake longer while it is on a caffeine bender. I used to drink several cups of coffee beginning in the morning and ending in the evening. I promise that it did not help me sleep. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT!

The next step to getting up earlier is choosing a decent bedtime. The reason for choosing a bedtime is because it will ensure that you get the perfect amount of sleep that your body needs a night. You can figure out how much sleep your body needs by researching on the internet how much sleep you should be getting nightly at your age. It has been shown in studies that adults need seven to eight hours of sleep a night, while children and teens need eight to ten hours of sleep a night. WARNING: Always keep in mind that all bodies are different and need different amounts of sleep!

The next step is setting your alarm. This will be easy to do once you figure out the amount of sleep you need nightly. Setting your alarm will ensure that you wake up at that crack of dawn. I personally recommend setting your phone or alarm clock on a dresser or desk several feet away from you so that you must jump out of bed to shut it off. This will set your body’s gears in motion and it will awaken.

           Now, this step is something that I call “One Hour Before Bed.” This step consists of what you should and should not do one hour before bedtime. Make sure that you do not drink any liquids at least one hour before bed, because you will be up every twenty minutes running to the bathroom. You need to hit the deepest possible sleep your body can get and running to the bathroom will not help. Another to not do before bedtime is touch an electronic. This includes your cellphone, laptop, and television. Studies have shown that the blue screens of these devices keep the mind active because it believes that it is still awake.

           Next is one of the most important parts of this process. Make sure that all of your lights are off. This goes for electronics, room light, and television light. They all need to be shut off and the room needs to be completely black. This will let your body know that it is time to sleep and it will begin to shut down.

           The last step is making sure that your room temperature is comfortable for you. You do not want a room that is extremely hot, because it will only cause you to toss and turn and overheat all night. You also do not want a room that is freezing cold. If it is colder than Antarctica in your room, you will shiver all night long. Your room temperature needs to be comfortable for you to sleep at night, so, I would recommend a coolness between sixty-five and seventy-two degrees, but, just like the amount of sleep a person needs a night, it differs from body to body.

Now that I have given you a process on getting a better night’s rest and how to wake up early, you can try it for yourself. Just remember “Early to bed and early to rise makes a man healthy, wealthy, and wise.” – Benjamin Franklin.

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