Waking up, not just early, but in general, has always been a struggle for me. Since middle school, up to my freshman year at university, my mornings consisted of me repetitively snoozing the alarm until it was so late I was such in a rush I couldn’t even see my hair was a mess. However, last year, probably inspired by the trend among YouTubers of waking up super early, everything has changed.
Snoozing The Alarm
The first thing I did was imposing myself not to snooze the alarm. How? I started setting only one alarm and kept my phone out of reach so that I had to wake up. This helped me get out of my sleep mode. But in order to make it effective, I started doing one more thing: right after stopping (is it how you say it? I really don’t know) the alarm, I opened the blinds and went straight to the bathroom to wash my face with cold water. After that, I was basically wide awake and ready to start my day.
Going to Bed Early
But how did I go from waking up in such an abrupt way to waking up early without using an alarm? Well, first of all, I finally realized that in order to wake up early I couldn’t stay up until 3 am on my phone, but I needed to listen to my body and its needs. That’s when I started going to bed at around 10:30 pm every night. Obviously, sometimes, I go to sleep a little later, but I always try to stay in bed by 2 am. But really, it occurs only rarely, as I prefer socializing in the morning/afternoon rather than late at night.
Going to sleep every day at the same time is something very important if you want to build a certain routine, as your body adapts to that “scheme” and starts to make it work automatically.
Let Some Light In!
Another little thing I started doing, actually unintentionally, but that really helped me wake up early naturally, is letting a little sunlight pass through my blinds. To be honest, I would totally leave my blinds fully open during the night, but the area where I live is extremely well lit at night, so I wouldn’t be able to sleep if I did so. Therefore, leaving them just slightly open is the perfect compromise for me, but if you don’t have any problems with leaving your blinds open, I definitely encourage you to do so.
No More Alarms
The last, but definitely not less important thing I started doing to wake up early without an alarm is that I obviously stopped setting an alarm. I started doing it during the Christmas holidays since I didn’t have any kind of schedule during that period. What happened is that I started waking up naturally around 6.45 am, noticing a pattern in my sleeping habits, that I still have today. Don’t get me wrong when I have something important to do in the morning I always set an alarm, but I generally wake up even before the alarm goes off.
Should You Try It?
I don’t know if this technique is the right one for every single person, but I know that it worked for me and that giving it a try if you want to wake up early without an alarm, is most definitely not going to hurt you!
So let me know if you are going to give it a try and if it works for you, and feel free to share something from your experience to help everyone wake up early without an alarm.
Have a nice day!