Ever since I was a kid, my alarm clock seemed to have its own personality and goals. It was my mother's best ally for taking me out of bed. Even today, at the age of 24, I can still recall how it was when she held it close to my ears as I pretended to be still asleep. As I grew up a little, I learned how to program it myself and when my mother closed the door after a cheerful "Goodnight!" I stepped towards it and felt no shame at messing it up. But then I decided to face reality. Nowadays I really love waking up early and with enough energy to live up to one more day! Hope this text can help you to achieve the benefits of being an "early riser".

1 - Commitment

I Know people who have the habit of setting their alarms to ring in about 1 hour before they actually leave the bed. They seem to enjoy the moments of torture & pleasure of snoozing it over and over. To me, it means just loss of sleep quality. I know it does influence in the number of dreams we remember during this period, but this behavior simply can't let you get into profound sleep, which is the best for self recover.

If you want to get up early, or just stop procrastinating at bed you must learn to engage in a more harmonious relationship with your alarm. First of all, if you wanted it to ring at a certain time, it must be for a good reason. In due course, the clock is up to its duty, but what about you? You are just making a fool of yourself.

2 - Practice

It may sound odd, but a good trick to follow in order to get out of bed as soon as the alarm goes off is to try it that after a nap. If you practice getting up fast and energetically after some naps you may take during the days, it gets a lot easier "to be there for it" when you really need it.

3 - Find out what is your sleep cycle

We generally have a sleep cycle of around 90 minutes. You should take it into consideration when setting your alarm on. If you see that you won't have time to sleep 7h30 (5 cycles), then it is generally better to sleep for six hours (4 cycles) instead of something around these two options. If you want to get more accurate about this prediction, you can make a little experiment. Allow two alarms, one to run low and smoothly when you think your cycle is about to end, and another for ten minutes later. By calibrating with this two I found out that my cycle is about 84-86 minutes. If you sleep following your cycles, it doesn't mean that you will rest more, just that when the alarm goes off you won't get that horrible feeling of being interrupted.

Good sleeping habits, such as nutritional and so many others need some effort in order to be included in your life. But once it's done, it won't hurt a bit anymore. Go ahead, try it out.


My Clock
Credit: Germano Matias (me)