Waking up early sucks. But it doesn't always have to! It's important to set yourself up for success when it comes to waking up early. You have to set yourself up for success the night before in order to make waking up early easier.
Go To Bed Earlier
This makes logical sense, but it's not always easy. I love staying up until three or four in the morning, because I seem to work really well at that time of night. But, it doesn't really work out well when I wake up at 1pm and have to go workout and then go straight to work. But, start by going to bed earlier in stages. Start with a half hour earlier if you have to and work your way up. You want to be getting 7-9 hours of sleep, with 8 being the number you should aim for. Decide when you want to be awake, whether that be six or seven am (or later if 10 is considered early for you ;) ) and then count backwards and aim for that to be your time to go to sleep.
Have Something to Look Forward to When You Wake Up
If working out energizes you, plan a good workout for first thing in the morning. If coffee makes your eyes open wide and nose perk up, have a coffee cup that begins brewing at a certain time so the smell will help lure you out of bed. If watching a good TV show enlightens you, make sure you have a good one recorded to watch while you're reading over your morning emails. Whatever it is, make sure there is something to look forward to when you open your eyes.
Get Into a Routine
Get into a morning and a night routine. Wash your face, drink a glass of water, use the restroom, brush your teeth, look over your to do list, whatever you do make sure you do it in the same order and at the same time every day. You'll begin to feel sleepier towards the end of your night routine and you'll begin to feel more awake at the end of your morning routine over time. It's important that you get into a routine so your body knows that it's time or bed or time for work and awake time.
Don't Hit the Snooze Button
It can be tempting to want to get an extra five minutes or twenty minutes, but it's actually better for your body to wake up the first time your alarm goes off. It's not all that good for you to keep sleeping, because you're dipping back into deep sleep which will make it even harder to get out of bed in five or twenty minutes.
Open Blinds and Drink Ice Water
Getting some sunlight is one of the most basic ways to signal to your body that it's time to be awake. Drinking ice water will also help you wake up. I recommend trying this trick out first because in the early stages of trying to wake up earlier, you'll need all the help you can get.
Thanks for reading!