Many people have accustomed themselves to waking up to an alarm clock, but the truth is you do not need it! You know consciously that waking up early is important, otherwise, you would not be reading this post, but is your subconscious mind convinced?
Getting the right amount of sleep every night is an important tool that your body demands to stay healthy and prevent disease. Not enough sleep, and you are prone to all sorts of health issues, starting with obesity. Buuuuuut, too much sleep can leave you vulnerable to things like Parkinson’s disease.
One of the best ways to get the optimal amount of sleep that you need, without prescription aid, is training your body to wake up without the use of an alarm clock.
Our subconscious mind is much more powerful at controlling our behavior. No matter how important we consciously think waking up early is, we will not be able to do it until our subconscious mind is also convinced. The key, therefore, is convincing your subconscious mind that waking early is important and in this post I’ll tell you exactly how to do that.
Training Your Subconscious
Before you sleep, remind yourself of why you want to wake up in the morning. Say to yourself something like, “I have to wake up at this time, in order to…” or “Wake me up this time because…” Your mind wants a reason, so you better give it one. The reason should be compelling and important to you.
Saying the command once should be enough, but you can repeat it as many times as you would like.
Repeat this process for 2 to 3 weeks until your subconscious mind learns that waking up early is an important daily activity. When your subconscious mind learns that waking up early in an important daily activity. When your subconscious mind sees you waking up early every day for a few weeks, it will come to believe that waking up early is an important part of your routine and it will start triggering this behavior automatically.
Define Your Current Sleep Pattern
Your circadian rhythms are 24-hour cycles that influence your physical and mental behaviors. In addition to controlling your natural sleep cycle, they also influence your body’s hormone production, body temperature, and feelings of hunger. Why you wake up with that groggy feeling in the morning or when you wake in the middle of the night, you must have most likely disrupted your natural circadian rhythm.
Spend Time Outside
Your circadian rhythms are partly determined by your exposure to light and darkness. If you leave for work very early in the morning before sunrise and do not see the sun again for the rest of the day, this might be disrupting your body’s natural tempo for sleep.
If your work schedule forces you to leave for work and return home in the dark, try to take a brief walk outside during the day so you can be exposed to daylight.
If you cannot take a walk during work, try to work near a bright window, or spend your breaks by a window so you can get adequate exposure to daylight.
It is also important to note that your body will want to sleep until it has had enough rest, so you should plan to go to bed at a decent time 7-9 hours before you wish to arise.