by Kimberly Hill
During my first semester in architecture, I constantly found myself struggling to wake up on time for my early morning classes. I would set up a bunch of alarms but mostly slept through them and ended up being late for class on many occasions.
That’s why I decided to fix the problem and read up on many articles and tried different methods until slowly I stopped even needing an alarm.
So, if you are in the same boat, this article for how to wake up on time, is just the thing for you! Here I will share with you all the tips and tricks I have picked up and even let you in on the benefits of waking up in time.
Having to constantly drag yourself out of the bedevery morning can be tough. However, if you want to tackle this issue, you need to first find out the reason why it is hard for you to wake in proper time. Depending on that, there are some things you can do and methods you can take on to improve the situation.
We often blame our inability to wake up early on us being ‘night owls’. However, there can be many reasons behind this. The first step is to identify the reason you are finding it difficult to wake up. Below I have listed some of the possible causes.
There are a few sleeping disorders that can interfere with your sleeping pattern. Some of these include:
If you think you might have any of these disorders and they can be the reason, you should see a doctor. They will be able to diagnose the disorder and treat you accordingly.
If you have an irregular sleeping pattern, or do not get enough sleep at night, it might explain why you also have trouble waking up.
This was my primary reason for not being able to wake on time, since I would spend late nights working on projects, thus not giving myself the required amount of sleep needed.
There are some methods and tips you can follow to combat that situation that I will be getting into later on.
If you find yourself constantly stressed or anxious, it can interfere with your ability to both fall asleep and wake up.
There have been many pieces of research showing how depression can interfere with your sleeping habits. It is usually extreme; either you suffer from insomnia and cannot sleep or find yourself oversleeping.
If you notice a sudden change in your sleeping pattern after starting a new medication, the problem might lie in those pills. Certain medicines like beta-blockers, alpha-blockers, along with many others, can affect your sleep.
There are some habits you can change and some good ones that you can cultivate, that will help you to sleep better. Some of them have been listed below, take a look!
The first thing you need to do is set up and stick to a healthy sleeping schedule. If you want to train yourself to wake up on time, you need to practice going to sleep and waking up at the same time every day. The recommended hours of sleep is 7 or 8 every night, so make sure you get that.
There are many ways we ruin our sleep before falling asleep. We are guilty of spending some time on our phones, scrolling through social media after getting to bed at night.
The problem here is that these electrical devices emit a blue light from their screens which holds back the production of melatonin. It is basically a hormone that keeps your sleep cycle in check. So, it gets difficult to not only fall asleep but also wake up early the next day.
Drinking caffeine a few hours before you go to bed can be another way that you harm your sleeping pattern. Even if you take it 6 hours earlier, it can cause disruption to your sleep.
I remember setting up a bunch of alarms and hitting the snooze button and going back to sleep every time. If you do this too, you need to stop.
This is the reason why you do not wake up feeling refreshed; the constant snoozing results in sleep fragmentation which can result in an increase in daytime sleepiness and hamper your performance.
One way to deal with this issue would be to keep the alarm clockor phone out of reach from your bed. This way, you will be forced to get out of your bed to turn the alarm off.
There are a lot of reasons why you should eat healthy, one of those would be because they help you sleep better. When you have a healthy diet, you will find yourself sleeping a lot better, which means you even wake up on time. Try to get a balanced diet, with foods that provide a lot of energy.
Another thing that greatly helps with sleeping better is exercising. The way it works is that exercising results in an increase in energy levels, which decreases tiredness and fatigue.
There have been many pieces of research proving how a bit of regular exercise can help with oversleeping, depression, and sleeping disorders like insomnia.
Along with exercise, another way to really wake yourself up in the morning is through meditation. Try to squeeze a 3- or 4-minute meditation in your morning routine after getting out of bed. This will help wake you up and fill you with some positive feelings to start your day with.
However, for it to really work, you need to make sure you are meditating properly and with focus. First, you need to find a spot to meditate; it can be on your bed, your floor, just anywhere that you are comfortable with. Try not to get too comfortable, though, that you end up falling back asleep!
Not just that, there are also different ways or methods you can use to meditate, depending on what suits you. If you are unsure what to do, you can simply follow a guided meditation. Meditation is not only good for your sleep but also just for your overall mental health.
You may find yourself without much motivation to do all this and wake up on time, which can be quite normal. However, there are a bunch of benefits when it comes to waking up on time. Some of these have been listed below.
One of the best things about waking up early is that it gives you more time and energy to be more productive. There have been studies conducted that suggest a person is likely to be more energetic when they wake up early, which allows them to complete their tasks a bit faster.
Not just that, it is said that you are also more likely to make better decisions and prepare plans.
The relation between sleeping better and waking up on time is like a cycle. As mentioned earlier, when you sleep better, you will also be able to wake up earlier.
Just like that, the opposite of that is true as well. This means that when you are able to wake up on time, you are also improving your sleep. If you train yourself to wake early and around the same time every day, your body will slowly get used to the new sleeping routine, and as a result, your sleep quality will also improve.
When I started to wake up early, I saw a significant and positive change in my mental health. It was not just the fresh, early morning air and meditation that filled me with positive energy, the whole thing also gave me a sense of control over my life. This helped me to start the day with positivity and actually get things done.
Possibly the biggest issue with not being able to get out of bed on time is getting late for class or work. So, if you are able to get yourself to wake up at a proper time, you will find yourself with an ample amount of time to get ready and start the day at your own pace.
This whole waking up on time thing usually takes some time to get used to. These tips and methods really helped me with my morning classes, and no matter your reason for waking up early, I hope this article will help you out too.
I sure hope you found my answer to your question of how to wake up on time helpful, and that it will help you fix your sleeping habits. Good luck!
About Kimberly Hill
Now it is just me, Kimberly Hill living in New York city, N.Y.
Loves to blog about various aspects of life that matter most.
Received the BA degree in Art History from Stanford University of California.