In college, it's easy to get used to sleeping in and taking Fridays off, but once you graduate, you're most likely going to have to head into work somewhere between 8 a.m. and 9 a.m.
Pressing snooze is no longer an option. Here are some of the benefits of getting into the routine of waking up early.
We've all heard that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, but it's also one of the most skipped meals. According to WebMd, eating a healthy breakfast in the morning gives you:
- A more nutritionally complete diet, higher in nutrients, vitamins and minerals
- Improved concentration and performance in the classroom or the boardroom
- More strength and endurance to engage in physical activity
- Lower cholesterol levels
Wake up with an extra 10 minutes early to cook some eggs and whole wheat toast. Even if you're in a rush, grab a banana and yogurt on your way out. While a hearty breakfast would be best, something is better than nothing.
Sure, orange juice might be the healthier choice as a morning drink, but don't think coffee is all bad for you. Not only will it give you that extra waking up power, it also has some real health benefits. Coffee has antioxidants, essential nutrients and ingredients that fight depression, but caffeine can also have its downsides, so keeping it at one or two cups a day should be enough to get your morning going.
Working out in the morning is one of the best ways to get your day going. Not only does it give you that energy boost, but also helps you sleep better at night. Those who exercise too close to bedtime have a much harder time falling asleep. The health benefits like a boosted metabolism don't hurt either. Make it part of your morning routine, and soon you'll be less groggy and more awake when heading into work, or that 8 a.m.
Having a set routine also helps you get out of bed. It may take a little while to get used to, but set your alarm for the same time every day, and don't skip or snooze. Yes, lying in bed for the extra hour seems tempting, but think about all you need to accomplish that day and go after it.
You wake up after hitting the snooze button a few times, and then realize you're going to be late. You rush to get ready as fast as possible. Then, you're stuck facing the morning traffic and maybe even battling for a parking spot. By the time you get into work and sit at your desk, you're ready to relax. The problem with that is the morning is when your brain is most sharp.
When you wake up, give yourself time. Read the newspaper, catch the morning news, eat breakfast and work out. Del Suggs, who has so many occupations I can't even begin to give him a title, gave some of the best advice when he came into the Careers in Communication class. His presentation was on "How To Do Anything," and based on his resume, his advice really must work.
He said that when you wake up in the morning, write down three things you're thankful for, and yes, write it down. It gets your brain moving and gets you in a good mood because you realize that it's pretty easy to find three things. After all, you've worked hard to earn your education, you've put the time in at whatever internship - you got to where you are today and that's a reason to be thankful.
Keep that journal outside of the bedroom, though. Force yourself out of bed - sit at the kitchen table, on the couch, anywhere except bed. When we sit and hang out in bed, our brain gets used to associating "bed" with something other than sleep. That's also part of the reason why research is saying to keep TVs out of your room. You get too used to watching TV in bed, that you disassociate bed and sleep. Reestablish your bed, only stay in it for sleep. Getting out of bed right after waking up also keeps you away from that pesky snooze button.
4. More Sleep
We all know we should get eight hours of sleep, yet we just want to watch one more episode on Netflix, or you are so stuck in your nightly routine of staying up late that you don't realize you should really close your eyes. And we can't forget about those long nights in the library, rushing to finish that paper or cramming to do well on a test. Then you see the nightlife and parties, who wants to sleep when there's so much going on, so much to do?
Getting the proper amount of sleep not only gets you more energized for the day, it improves your mental health, creativity and weight control. However, there's a thin line between getting enough sleep and getting to much sleep. Sleeping for 10 hours and being in bed too long is going to make you even more tired throughout the day. Go to sleep early. It may be hard to adjust at first, but once you keep waking up early, it'll be easy to get to bed early, too.
Yes, I used to make fun of my parents when they would be snoring on the couch around 9 o'clock, but that's going to be you one day too. Sure, have nights where you go out, get a drink and catch up with friends, but don't make that a routine. Sleep is one of the most important things for your health and happiness. Plus, you don't want to be caught catching Z's on your desk when the boss walks by.
5. More Productive
Waking up early, plus doing all the above mentioned, will result in more productivity throughout the day. By lunchtime you've conquered so much and the refuel of energy will help you get through the rest of it. The morning is when your brain is most alert and focused, so get your most important tasks done right away and save the emails for later in the day when you're feeling a little less focused.
Stop hitting the snooze button. It's been your friend for far too long now, and is beginning to bring you down. Don't worry, you can still catch the snooze button on the weekend but eventually you'll stop needing an alarm clock altogether. None of us like change, so take baby steps. Hit the snooze once, instead of three times. Start with waking up 20 minutes earlier to make breakfast, and eventually add in the exercise. Mornings can be peaceful and a time to reflect, so don't take them for granted because in the real world, you're going to have to become friends with 8 a.m. again.
By Stacey Wonder
26 August 2016
How to Wake Up Early in The Morning to Study
Individuals who are highly productive and successful tend to have at least one habit in common: being early risers.
What’s so great about getting up early? Well, for one thing, mornings tend to have fewer distractions and therefore allow you the peace and quiet you need to knock out important tasks such as studying for classes.
This is particularly beneficial for students whose waking hours tend to revolve around classes and school activities such as sports, clubs and socializing.
If you can get up ahead of the pack, you’ll find that just an hour of early morning studying can have a great impact on your information retention and your GPA.
Here are some easy ways for you to train yourself into getting up early to hit the books:
Be Wary of Nightcaps
Having a drink right before going to bed can make it all the harder for you to wake up early in the morning. You’re more likely to be tired, dehydrated and groggy if you drank right before going to sleep.
Keep Away from Electronics
Studies show that accessing electronic devices before bedtime can lead to insomnia or troubled sleep. So using your laptop or cell phone, checking your Facebook or text messages or watching YouTube videos right before bed can lead to a lot of tossing and turning, making it more challenging for you to rise and shine early in the morning. These activities stimulate the brain and the senses in ways that make it difficult to “disconnect” from when you close your eyes and try to sleep.
Read Yourself to Sleep
On the other hand, reading tends to have a calming effect on the brain and reading a book before bed can lead to deeper, more relaxing sleep
Meditation can be beneficial in many different ways. In addition to enhancing concentration, it can also have a calming effect on the mind, which is perfect for those trying to develop a restful sleep routine. There are some guided meditations geared towards enhancing sleepiness which you can listen to while you drift off to sleep.
Eat a Light Dinner
Eating heavy meals or drinking a lot of caffeine at night or even in the afternoon can lead to sleep disturbances or difficulty drifting off to begin with. Foods that are high in fat, fast foods and sugar-laden foods can be difficult to digest, leading to indigestion or discomfort, which is the last thing you want when you’re trying to get some Zzz’s. Try to eat light in the evening and eat at least two hours before bedtime.
Get Some Exercise During the Day
An exercise routine, no matter if it’s only a half an hour walk, can have a great effect on the body. When the body feels tired, the brain also tends to follow suit. Expending some energy during the day can lead to better sleep at night.
Set an Ambiance
Some scents can help put you into a relaxed state such as lavender and vanilla. You could use some aromatherapy sprays to enhance your relaxation. Taking a warm shower, drinking some chamomile tea (which has a relaxing effect) and dimming the lights can also help signal to your body it’s time to settle in for the night.
Create a Night Routine
You can use a combination of these strategies to create a routine every night before you go to bed. Creating a consistent routine will help you sleep better on a regular basis and allow you to get the hours of sleep you need to wake up early in the morning.
Create a Morning Routine
A morning routine is just as important as a night routine. Maybe you want to drink a cup of tea or coffee first thing in the morning before cracking the books open or do five minutes of meditation before beginning your day. Whatever you need to get yourself into the studying groove.
Hope these tips help you get a good night’s rest so you can tackle your studies early each morning!
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